Recently, I’ve learned a few tricks to help me actually achieve my goals. I’m here to share. Sharing is caring, right?
I’ve always loved writing goals and setting intentions, however, I haven’t always been great at actually crossing them off my list, which I’ve mentioned before. My motivation would fissile out and some just fell by the wayside because they were no longer interests of mine. Sound familiar?
When I started my 101 things in 1001 days, something clicked. Now, I’m crossing things off left and right! Want to know how? I changed the way I set my goals.
Here are five simple ways you can make your goals stick.
Make them specific. Really specific.
Your goals need to be specific, down to the tiniest detail. If you want to lose weight, for example, but only say, “I want to loose weight,” you are probably not going to be crossing that one off. No offense. There is no clear end result. It’s too vague. But, if you say, “I want to lose five pounds,” you have a specific target to work towards. This makes a huge difference when it comes to success or failure.
You can break it down into smaller, more attainable goals as well. “I want to loose one pound a week,” is even more specific, which makes it easier to accomplish. Write them out and break them down if you need too.
Set a date.
Now that you have specific, attainable goals, you need to put a time limit on them. If you don’t have a deadline, what’s motivating you to get things done?
There are different ways you can do this. You can do something for X amount of days thus giving you a start date and an end date, or you can give yourself a deadline. Both ways work really well and I’ve incorporated each of them into my 101 in 1001 list.
Know your accountability type and use it.
Do you know your accountability type? It’s probably something you haven’t really thought about. Most people are motivated to accomplish tasks based on either internal or external influences.
- Internal: People motivated by internal influences do things because they expect it of themselves. This stems from their individual desires. They aren’t concerned with what others think, but rather want to accomplish something for themselves.
- External: If someone is more motivated by external influences they most likely hate to let others down. They are driven by approval, status, fear of failure, or even a fear of punishment, like getting fired from a job.
I use a little bit of both, but I’m much more influenced by external forces. To make this work for me, I tell others about my goals. Doing so puts into a place a sense of accountability and I’m motivated to stay on track. You never know when someone might ask how that goal is coming along.
When I got the idea to start this blog, the driving factors behind it were internal. Something new for me. I knew I wanted to do this for myself, and prove to myself that I could. But, knowing myself, I knew that wouldn’t be enough to keep it going. So, I set a launch date. Next, I told anyone that would listen about it. Seriously, anyone.
Keep Track – If you don’t know where you started, how will you know how far you’ve come? Keeping track of your progress is a huge part of sticking to your goals. It’s also very motivating to see how far you’ve come.
I personally use a bullet journal to track my goals, to-dos, and tasks. If you need a tracker, check out my Ultimate 30 Day Goal Tracker.
Reward Yourself: Celebrate your victories! It feels so good to accomplish something you’ve been working really hard on and you deserve a reward. Enjoy and thank those that helped you along the way.
Share you victories!! Parties are better with friends and I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment, post an Instagram or send a tweet! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wildforawhile.