Here are ten goals setting tips that’ll be sure to stick so you’ll be on your way to dreams in no time:
1. Be realistic.
It’s easy to say “I’m going to work out every single day,” but you have to ask yourself — is this realistic for me? Is it something that you can sustain when regular life kicks in?
Don’t expect to go from couch potato to workout queen overnight. A more realistic goal might be: “I’m going to move more this year, so I’m going to commit to working out at LEAST twice a week.”
2. Realize what’s worked in the past (and what hasn’t).
Be honest about what’s worked for you in the past and be especially honest about what hasn’t. You aren’t going to change drastically overnight, so make sure that your goals are achievable and something that fits into your life.
3. Be specific about your goals, but DON’T limit yourself.
If you make broad, squishy goals like “lose weight” or “get out of debt” or “write a book” you’ll probably find it challenging to find focus. Yet, don’t get so into the minute details around achieving a goal that you feel restricted instead of motivated.
A goal that meets these criteria may be: “I am going to finish my novel this year by committing to writing 5000 words a week”. Make your goals bite-sized and achievable.
4. ACTUALLY believe you can do it.
We have to believe that improvement is possible and goals are reachable. Once we get past our own doubts and truly believe, we can begin moving in the right direction. Have faith in the sheer power of your desires.
5. Keep the momentum going.
It’s easy to be excited in the beginning, but just as it’s easy to lose the momentum after January shifts into February and beyond, it’s easy to lose enthusiasm for achieving our goals. Build shots of love into your days and weeks so you continue to nourish your precious attention and enthusiasm to achieve your goal.
Celebrate small victories and be satisfied with the work you’ve ALREADY accomplished.
6. Don’t set conflicting goals.
We vow to make more money, spend more time with family, get organized, and get in shape — all in a single bound. But you have to be honest, darling. You cannot spend MORE time with family and work MORE hours — it just isn’t humanly possible.
Check your ego at the door when you set goals and make a choice what area of your life gets priority.
7. Break them down into bite-sized chunks.
Most of our desires are pretty big, so in order to bring them into reality, it will take a series of small steps. After you write down your goals, spend a little bit of time breaking it down into manageable steps.
8. Seriously COMMIT to that first step.
We humans tend to procrastinate as long as we can before doing a task, so without any solid deadlines, it’s unlikely you’ll do much. After breaking down those goals, set deadlines for various milestones. Most importantly, set a date for taking that FIRST step.
9. Make your goals a part of your everyday life.
Without bringing your desires into your routines in some way, you’ll never have time to move towards them. This will likely mean you’ll have to give something up in order to make that space. You – and your desires – are worth it.
10. Watch your goals unfold before your very eyes.
You’d never decide to make a cake, put it in the oven, and then never set a timer or check on it, would you? You have to have a plan to monitor the progress of your goals. Set up a notification on your calendar, a task on your phone, or commit to reviewing your goals the last Friday of each month.