06 Jun Goal Setting
Goal-setting can be an exciting process, it inspires enthusiasm and grand plans for the future, but once the goals have been set, how do you go about sticking to them? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you see your goals through to the end.
Ever set a goal, gotten yourself super excited about it and then lost all motivation to follow through? A New Year’s resolution that by Easter has gone by the wayside? This months’ column
is for those of us who might be seeking a few extra tips on how to make that spark of enthusiasm stick.
Know your goal: What is it that you want to achieve? Can you see yourself having succeeded? What does that look like? Is it a SMART goal? (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.)
Understand your “why”: Being clear on what it means to have achieved your goal is key. Who are you doing this for? Why are you passionate about this?
Break it down: How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Know the steps you need to take to achieve your overall goal. Make them as simple as possible.
Track your progress: Tick off each step achieved as you progress. Download an app, keep a spreadsheet or have a chart on your fridge. Work out how you can best ‘see’ your progress.
Reward yourself: Give yourself a pat on the back throughout the process. Make it something nice. If you are trying to lose weight, a donut isn’t an ideal reward, but a massage might be nice!
Make it fun: Listen to good music. Go to an uplifting event. Surrounding yourself with positive people is an awesome way to boost your chances of kicking that goal.
Hold yourself accountable: Tell your family and friends what you are doing and ‘own’ the goal. These people will become your cheer squad, checking in with you along your journey and celebrating your progress with you.
Move your body: It’s widely recognised that even light exercise affects our moods positively, making it even easier to feel great about ourselves, which increases your chances of success.
Forgive yourself: Know that even the most committed person will stumble, and be OK with that. Understand why you fell off the wagon, and make plans to avoid that situation occurring again.
Take Action: None of the above tips will work if you don’t take action. Please don’t over think things – get into it and make it happen!
It’s like the old adage “if you change nothing, nothing changes”. It’s really up to you. Some of the above tips will work really well – but then some may not fit your style at all. Only you can decide what changes need to be made in your daily life, to bring you closer to your dreams. And only you can make those changes. But there’s no reason you need to do these things alone, I’d love to hear about your goals, challenges and successes.
Originally published in Profile Magazine, June 2015