6 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in 2020.
Updated: Jan 8
New Year’s Resolutions: Yes, lets do it all over again.
The past few years, I’ve seen posts circling social media that #NewYearsResolutions shouldn’t be the only motivation to make you put in work or that you should not wait around for the New Year to make #goals. I understand what they’re saying, you can’t slack off all year and say “next year is my year.” However, the new year does bring a sense of a clean Slate, a sense of renewal, a fresh start.
Sometimes we need a little push, we should never look down on an opportunity to set goals and try new ways to accomplish them. Personally, I love New Year's resolutions. It gives me the opportunity to reinvent myself and detach myself from all the negativity that the old year might have brought.
The new year is filled with hope and excitement but don’t let it just be that. Turn the intangible to tangible. How? Make a #visionboard, get a #planner, wrote a #todolist. Do whatever it takes to take your goals out from your mind and put them out into the universe. Yes, I believe in #manifestation. And no it’s not exclusive to vision boards. It works with any method of putting your goals out into the universe.
For me, I love a good list! I could make lists all day, everyday. I also love planners. I actually don’t like vision boards. I just feels it looks cluttered and can sometimes clash with your decor. But just because I don’t like them, doesn’t mean you won’t like them.
They say if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small. Well I say don’t apply that same logic to your goals. If your goals scare you, chances are you’re not gonna pull through. That’s not to say that your goals shouldn’t be a challenge, it just means that if they’re not realistic you’ll probably get discouraged quickly. I believe in slow and steady wins the race. Think of it in terms of track and field. A sprinter is amazing at going short distances fast but if they try a marathon without proper training, they’ll burn out fast. A marathon runner has endurance, they can go the distance. That’s why I say make your goals realistic. The more realistic goals you have, the more goals you’ll achieve, the more you move toward your dreams.
So how do you go about setting realistic goals to make impossible dreams come true? I have a few tips below.
Turn an intangible dream into a tangible goal by pulling it out of your mind and throwing out into the universe. Write them down. When jotting your goals down, make them specific, quantify them. Don’t just write “I want to lose weight”. That’s too vague and broad. Whether you lose one pound or a hundred pounds, you’re still losing weight. But what is the number that is going to make you happy? At what number will you feel accomplished?
Discover your “WHY”. More important than quantifying your goal, your #goal needs to have a “why”. Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why must you achieve this goal? Why is it important? Why do you want to lose weight? Are you doing it because family members keep commenting on your weight? Are you doing it to feel better about yourself? To be healthier? The last two reasons are good but if you’re doing something for someone else, something that isn’t necessarily what you want...you will fail. Your “why” has to be important to you and only you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or if they even believe in you. You're the only one who has to believe in you, after all, these are your goals.
Give yourself a timeline. You know very well ‘get rich quick’ schemes never work. And there is rarely ever a true #overnightsuccess. How long did it take #Oprah to find the success that she wanted? How long did it take #JeffBezos to be as successful as he wanted? Visualize a time in your life where you already made your dreams come true. How far out is that? Your timeline will determine the type of goals you set and how challenging they’ll be.
Once you establish your time, next you’ll need to break down your goal into smaller realistic goals. Remember slow and steady wins the race. And by making realistic goals, you won’t feel overwhelmed. You’ll be able to see clearly what it is you need to do.
Once you know what your smaller, realistic goals are, it’s time to make an action plan. Map out what action you need to take to move closer to your goal. If you want to lose 2 pounds a week you’ll probably have to cut calories and up the cardio. If you want to put out four blog posts a month you’ll probably need to come up with some sort of content calendar. You see what I’m saying? A goal is only accomplished by a series of actions.
Finally the last step is revisiting and revising. So what happens when you reach your goal? You don’t stop working so you? No, absolutely not. After you pat yourself on the back, we start again. Revisit your action plan and revise what didn’t work. For example, you goaled yourself at four blog posts a month with a week of prep for each. At the end of the month you reached your goal but you notice you didn’t actually need a whole week to prep. Maybe you just needed four days instead of seven. Now that you figured this out, you can revise your goal for next month and now goal yourself at five blog posts a month. However, if you struggled to put out four blog post, this is the perfect time to go back, trace your footsteps and revise. Do you get writer’s block often? Don’t have enough time after work during the week to write? Maybe it’s in your best interest to cut back to just three blog posts a month. You’ll have more time to prepare and put out quality content instead of rushing and putting out mediocre content. It’s always good to go back and revise what didn’t work but also to improve on what did.
A few things to remember...
Don’t be afraid to not hit your goals.
Don’t be discouraged when you do y hit your goals.
Goals and dreams can change overtime, don’t be afraid to let go of a goal or dream that doesn’t have meaning to you anymore.
The most important thing though...
Be intentional with your goals, be purposeful, be consistent!!!
What are your goals for the new year?
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Xoxo, This Stepford Wife