If you’re working to become #GOALS, you know how challenging it can be to stay the course and continue grinding. It’s easy to go through the everyday motions and feel like you’re not making progress.
But you know what’s great about setting goals? You can do anything you set your mind to.
We’ve been there too. Plenty of times. And to be honest, the only way to get through it is by crafting a sensical, realistic plan to achieve your goals. When it comes to embarking on your journey, it’s ESSENTIAL to understand what’s important to you and how to achieve what it takes to get there. If you’re stuck on how to set goals, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 7 helpful tips to keep you motivated to crush them.
1. Make your goal specific
Setting vague goals like “I want a new job” or “I want to find a better job” may seem like a good idea at the time, but they’re not going to help anyone get anywhere. Instead, try setting specific goals with steps in between them: “Apply for 3 jobs in my field this week,” or even better, “Start researching companies I might want to work for.”
2. Measure your progress
Know where you stand! Sometimes getting lost in the details of a project can be overwhelming—especially if they’re not great details! But if you don’t measure where you are against where you want to be, how will anyone know when they need to step in and help? You wouldn’t bake an entire cake without measuring first (right?)
3. Make your goals attainable and be realistic
The point of setting goals is not to make yourself feel bad about what you can’t do—the point is to stretch yourself and grow into someone who can do it! So if you’re setting a goal that seems totally out of reach, re-evaluate. Is it worth setting at all? If so, how can you make it more realistic?
4. Stay relevant – is this for YOU?
Goals should always come from within—so if there’s something you want to do that doesn’t feel like an authentic expression of who YOU are right now, maybe let it go for now and revisit later when you’re more ready for it. But don’t be afraid to dream big! You never know where life will take you!
5. Set an appropriate timeline
When setting your goals, defining a solid time frame will only benefit your progress without leaving you feeling overwhelmed. You don’t have to get it all done at once! You can break things down into smaller chunks and tackle them one at a time.
6. Find someone who’s been there, done that
Draw inspiration from the people who have already accomplished the goals you’re seeking. Ask for tips and tricks and ask questions about what they wish they could have done differently. This can be a huge motivator when things get tough – AND REMEMBER: if they could do it, so can you!
7. Stay positive!
It’s easy to fall into a negative mindset when things aren’t going your way, but we all know that the power of positive thinking can be so incredibly powerful. Don’t forget about the beauty of manifesting your outcomes and being intentional with your goals! Consider writing down your achievements, thoughts, and intentions so you can put them into action. Keep going!
By establishing some simple, effective rules in your goal-setting journey, there’s no doubt you’ll find yourself accomplishing all of the amazing things you’re dreaming of right now. Remember, you used to wish for the life you’re living right now… and look at you… doing it (and well, we might add).
Let’s do this!