Thursday, February 13, 2014

3 Steps to Achieving Your Goals

It's mid-February and some of us having been working hard on keeping and achieving the goals we set for ourselves in January. You can find my list of goals here and some an update here. Every one knows how tough sticking to goals can be. Thanks to every day life, there are plenty of distractions that make focusing and reaching our goals tough. So far this year, I've done well sticking to my goal and overcoming some of the obstacles that pop up along the way. Let me show you how I've been able to concentrate on the goal at hand.


Break your big goal into smaller goals
You want to save a certain amount of money for a trip, a big purchase or to add to your savings. I recommend you save weekly or bi-weekly. Every bit adds up. For example, if you are saving for a trip in December, it's easier to start now with a smaller amount of money (read, money you won't necessarily miss) than it will be to come up with airfare and room and board a month before your trip. Smaller goals will help motivate you and boost your confidence.

Set a deadline
You've made your list of all the tasks you want to achieve. Knowing your goals isn't enough, you need to choice a specific deadline of when that goal needs to be met. Using the phrase next month or month doesn't cut it. You need to pick a date and push yourself into completing your task by then. Our brains are made to work with dates and deadlines. Pick a date and stick to it!

Eliminate excuses and distractions
If your goal is to lose 20 pounds by June 1st, you are only going to see results if remove outside interferences and stop making excuses. Sure going to the gym takes a good 90 minutes out of your day. But 90 minutes day after day is going to push you closer to reaching your ultimate goal of losing weight. Schedule your workouts like you would any other appointment. Odds are if you have the time carved out of your day, you will stick to it. Think of it as a job responsibility. You either do it or get lectured by the boss.

There you have it. Simple, yet practical ways to achieve your goals without having to make huge sacrifices. What piece of advice to have for those struggling with their goals?

10 comments:

  1. Loose change should go in a 'not allowed to touch' money keeper. You'd be amazed at how much you can save in a short period of time just by tossing your loose change in a bucket.

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  2. These are some great tips for goals! I love the tip about saving bits of money at a time.. we used to save $100 a month, but now save $25 a week, somehow that's a lot easier even though its the same amount!

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  3. I am loving this advice :) I am all about the big picture and then setting up small goals to attain it! Thank you for sharing :)

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  4. I adore that C. S. Lewis quote. Great inspiration. Thanks.

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  5. This is so true, and so simple. One thing I find is that if I set 3 goals for each day (that somehow relate to my larger goals), I'm more likely to focus on getting things done. More than 3 and I get overwhelmed. Thanks so much for sharing. It gave me some much needed inspiration to end the week with! X Jane http://janeheinrichs.blogspot.com

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  6. A million years ago I had a goal that I wanted to get into shape and run a 1/2 marathon. I knew that would take a lot of hard work. The best thing I did was hold myself accountable. I hired a personal trainer and met with him two times a week. I had to keep a food diary, and had to show my progression of running and weight lifting. It was the first time in my life I'd set a legit goal and achieved it. Had I not had someone to help keep me accountable I'm not sure I would have ever run that first 1/2.

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  7. Thanks for the post. I am the worst about setting fake deadlines instead of real ones - allowing myself to keep pushing something back if I "didn't get to it."

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  8. This is perfect timing. February always seem to be when my goals for the year start to fall apart!

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  9. So true!! I need to follow these steps to meet my goal of being a better blogger this year. With baby #2 soon arriving I need a plan!!!

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