3 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS
Updated: Feb 7
How to accomplish your goals and achieve more this year
At the beginning of each new year, we are motivated to start the year off with the intention of setting goals, but without fail, a week passes, then another and another and we are back where we started, at ground zero. Why does this always happen? Why is it that we can’t seem to have enough discipline to do what we said we would do, like head to the gym after work or pay down that credit card that we used during the holidays? Well, one reason is that we don’t have a plan. The best predictor of accomplishing our goals is to have a plan. These three steps will help you not only start your year off right but maintain your goals throughout the year.
Step 1 - Write Down Your Goals
Simple enough right? But you would be surprised how many people don’t even take the step of writing down their goals. Putting pen to paper is so powerful and can make your vision a reality.
Write down every goal you have for the year, month, week, and day. Taking the time to write out my goals has helped me achieve more. From creating my daily to-do list to creating a vision board for the year ahead, I know exactly what I am set out to accomplish. Do you want to pay off debt? Do you want a pay increase? Do you want to save for a downpayment on a home? No matter how big or small the goal is you are more likely to achieve it if you write it down.
Step 2 - Keep Your Goals Visible
Now that you’ve written down your goals, don’t keep them tucked away hidden somewhere. Your goals should be easily seen in a place that you visit frequently, like your bedroom, bathroom, or your refrigerator door. Making your goals visible keeps your goals top of mind. If they are top of mind, you are more likely to achieve them.
Step 3 - Get Accountability
The next step to achieving your goals is to get accountability. I am one of the most private women you will ever meet, I rarely tell anyone, outside of my husband, what I am working on until it’s pretty much completed. I guess you can say I am a little superstitious... however, if you have a partner, friend, or relative that you trust and will encourage you while you are on the path to accomplishing your goals, then share it with them. Having another person who can cheerlead you and speak life into you when you are just about to throw in the towel, can help you push through that negative self-talk that we always seem to do that tells us why we can’t do something...I am guilty of it.