Making goals is the easy part. Making them happen? Not so easy! It’s not impossible, though. Today, Megan from overthinkersnotebook.com shares her best tips to help you accomplish your goals.
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With each new year comes new opportunities. New opportunities for success, new opportunities for change, and new opportunities for a more positive mindset. For this reason, a lot of us take the new year as an opportunity to set goals for ourselves. However, these new year’s resolutions rarely stick.
By this point in the year, many of us may have fallen off the wagon on our proposed lifestyle changes. Whether we’ve already let ourselves slip too many times or we had an idea after January 1st and were “too late,” we feel like we’ve somehow failed ourselves this time and will have to try again next year.
However, you’ve only failed when you decide to give up. If you’re serious about making a positive change in your life, don’t let a minor setback or two stop you from getting up, dusting yourself off and trying again. Need a little help or inspiration to regain your motivation and finally reach your goals? In this post, I outline a framework for how to stick with whatever you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s launching a new product on your blog, losing 20 pounds or improving your day-to-day mindset. This system will help you achieve any goal you’re after — new year’s resolution or not!
Make a Detailed Plan
The first step to reaching your goal is to determine how you’re going to get there. After all, without some sort of plan, how will you know where to start? Once you’ve decided what you’re going to focus on, make a detailed plan for yourself for how you’re going to get there. If you want to launch a product, maybe you’ll map out how to research your market, what components you need to create and how you’ll promote your launch. If you want to gain 100 Twitter followers, maybe you’ll plan out how often you’ll post and which accounts you want to engage with. Believe me, having a plan in place off the bat will make your goal seem ten times easier!
Block Off Time Every Day
If you’re set on reaching your goal, you’ll need to make it a priority. I recommend blocking off an hour or two each day dedicated solely to working toward your goal. Pick a time when you know you’ll be motivated, whether it’s in the morning, the afternoon or at night. Avoid scheduling anything else during that time, and tie up any loose ends beforehand so you won’t be distracted. Then, get to it and work until time’s up! (As a bonus, reward yourself afterward for putting in that day’s work!)
Hold Yourself Accountable
Anyone who’s set out to make a lifestyle change knows how easy it is to skip a day. Or two. Or a whole week. In order to prevent this from happening (or at least make it happen less), you’ll need a system for tracking your progress. I’m a huge fan of bullet journals, so I create habit trackers in those. However, stick with what you know will work for you. Maybe it’s a whiteboard on your wall where you keep tallies of the days you follow through. Maybe it’s a workout buddy who will knock on your door when it’s time to go to the gym. Pick something you think will be helpful in keeping track of your progress. And if it’s not working? It’s never too late to try something else!
Related: 8 Bullet Journal Tracker Ideas
Always Remember Why You Started
Even if you follow all of these steps, there will still be days where you’re just not feeling it. I get it; it sucks. However, you have to keep pushing through. When days like these come up, think back on why you decided to make this change in the first place. Was it to finally start earning money with your blog? Was it to feel better on a day-to-day basis? Whatever it is, give yourself some time to visualize it and try to get back in the groove. And if you end up skipping a day here and there, that’s okay too, as long as you get back up and keep going!
Know You Have It In You
Achieving your goals is tough, especially if you’re trying to make a major change in your blog, your habits or your lifestyle. However, you’ve accomplished so many great things in your life already. I’m willing to bet at least a few of them were harder than this. You pulled through those times just fine — give yourself a pat on the back! Now use that self-confidence to get out there and start killin’ it!
With this system, some hard work and a little positivity, you can achieve almost any goal you set your mind to. It won’t always be easy, but with the proper steps in place, you can totally do it! If you found this post helpful, don’t forget to give it a share. And if you want to talk about how you can reach your goals, my inbox is always open at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
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