2013 is almost over! Are you sad or glad? 2013 was an eventful year for me but I know there are much better times to come! And I know that those times will come with preparation, goal setting and follow through!
Are you ready to make 2014 the best for YOU? I have some easy tips that you can use to make any goal realistic!
A very common mistake people make when setting goals is setting a goal that is too big and too vague. Lose weight, eat healthier, save money, be happier. Instead of these large scale goals, try to think of a very specific goal and dissect it. If you want to lose weight, make a goal to lose 10 pounds or to go to the gym 4 days a week.
Another important step is to visualize the GOOD that will come by making and meeting your goal! As you are thinking about your goal, ask yourself: What does it feel like? What does it look like?
Get out that dusty journal and WRITE, BABY! There is something so incredibly powerful about writing! I call this: Making a promise to YOURSELF! You wont want to disappoint yourself at the end of the day and this small step will help you achieve any goal you set!
After writing down your goal, start thinking of ways to achieve that goal. For example: if you want to save money, set a small goal every month or every pay day to save $. It can be $5, $10 or $100. Also, think about what you are saving for and look at your budget closely. Are you saving up to buy a home? Your children’s college? Or maybe you want to have an emergency fund. Whatever the reason, base your goal around that.
And again, it doesn’t matter what your goal is. Think about the smaller goals to help you achieve your main goal.
If you set a goal you also need to set time to achieve that goal! Make it a habit to lock in ample time on your daily, weekly or monthly calendar. It will be a part of your daily routine until you achieve it!
I’m not good enough. I can’t do it. I am not worthy of my goal.
Stop this self doubt talk! Because YOU ARE WORTHY! Pay very close attention to your inner voice and make sure you are not self sabotaging your goals. It’s completely normal for you to feel discouraged but you have to put those feelings aside and tell yourself that you can do it! Stay in control and surround yourself with positive affirmations and daily awareness!
Starting and finishing a goal can be a huge undertaking! Especially if you are a little uncertain about what you need to do. Pairing up with a partner, a friend or a support group will help you feel more confident and will help you stick it out! They can help you stay accountable and lend an ear when you need to vent.
If your goal requires you to seek professional help (a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a coach, a therapist, a financial advisor) make sure you are meeting with them to help you stay on track. Trust in those around you and surround yourself with positive influence.
I get it – life is happening all around you. But try to harness the stress that’s around you. Journal, meditate, practice yoga and remember to BREATH! Don’t let hiccups get in the way of your goals! And if you happen to veer off course just pick yourself back up and start where you left off.
Now it’s time to think about those goals! Tell me: what goals are you creating this coming year? Write them in the comments! I will help you stay accountable!