8 Vital Goal Setting Tips For Success
Master The Art Of Follow Through
With the new school year almost in full swing, September is a perfect time to set new goals. Do you believe in the hype of setting goals? I do and I’ve never had trouble with the actual goal setting part. But, following through often hangs me up more than I’d like to admit. The bigger the goal is, the more overwhelming it can feel to get started. Today, I am sharing 8 vital goal setting tips for success and how to stay motivated.
Why is it so hard for people to follow through their goals? How do some people stick to their goals no matter what they face while others falter easily in the face of obstacles? There are certainly some things that those who succeed know that others don’t know.
Read on and I will share with you the art of following through your goals.
How to Follow Through on Your Goals and Stay Motivated
Below you’ll find eight ways to follow through on your goals, projects, and objectives so that you can create a habit of completion and finish what you set out to do.
Does It Motivate You
Lack of motivation is one of the biggest resolution killers there is. It’s not enough to know what you want to do; you have to know exactly why this is important for you and why you need it now.
Let Go Of Fear
Fear just might be the number one obstacle to following through with your goals. You’ll never get confident enough by waiting. So, this is the time when you give yourself a pep-talk that will get you to take action. Embrace the “just do it” approach. Your fears may never go away but that shouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. Fear can bring out the best of your problem-solving skills. You got this far, didn’t you? 🙂
Schedule It In
Once you’ve determined your most important goals, it is time to get them on your calendar! The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.”
For example, “I will go to the gym 3 times a week,” not “I would like to start going to the gym and working out.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself working out, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.
Reach Out To Your Tribe
What’s worse than when you are doubting yourself and your friends echo with an “I told you so”. (First, get new friends—kidding!) Align yourself with those who have similar goals and are encouraging to build you up, not to break you down. Social media does have a purpose other than Facebook rants and hashtag wars. There are numerous groups and sites who are in community with one another and aiding with goals. If you have friends and family who are interested, even better!
Tweak Your Goal
Your goals might sometimes feel impossible to reach. That’s because you look at them as being big and chunky. But if you slice them into smaller pieces and make a step-by-step action plan, they won’t feel that impossible anymore.
For example in my post the other day, I broke down how you can meet 8 new bloggers in one month. I explained how this can be achieved by commenting on two new blogs each week. By the end of the month, you have commented and met eight new bloggers.
6. Celebrate Milestones
Every step along the way, celebrate your accomplishments.! It’s hard to commit to on-going action and habit change. Remind yourself that you are doing the work necessary to create a better life and reward yourself for your efforts.
Write It Down
Sound simple, right? So often we forget to write it down or we don’t think that it’s important to write it down. By putting things on paper, it gives your words oxygen which creates life. If you write your goals down you are creating and building the momentum necessary to get things moving in a forward direction. Take this step a little further and put your goals where you can see them and not collect dust.
No, I am not crazy. Every goal will not be successful and that is okay. Get a chuckle. Shake it off. These setbacks can be lessons to tweak and try again. If you continuously find yourself failing after adjustments, the overwhelming feeling is consuming and you are going to give up—stop. Breathe. Take a break and re-evaluate. Why is this not working? Where can I adjust this? Is it timing? Or is it time to say I have committed my best, now it is time to try something new.
To Recap. . .
So there you have it. These are my 8 tips to follow through on your goals and stay motivated. You have some ideas on how to crush your goals, now try them in practice. And to create some positive external pressure…
Your Turn. . .
What follow-through plan works for you? Do you have a creative way of organizing your goals and actions steps that support you and motivates you to take action? Share it with us here!
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