At Last! The Ultimate 5 step plan to crush your goals, THIS YEAR
For the past few days, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that we are currently in the month of May. Five months into the year and the months we are done with, cannot be regained. Most people start out the new year with an extensive list of goals and aspirations. I know I certainly did. However, most people also lost the momentum they started out with, as they got bogged down with the minutiae of daily life. Something I am also guilty of. Maintaining the fervor you started the year out with is difficult and it is inevitable that even the most tenacious one amongst us, will fall short from time to time. Here are a few things that I’ve employed to reignite my zest for accomplishing my goals this year.
Establish and nurture a growth mindset - It’s a lot easier to accomplish goals when your mind is primed for success. The best way to do this is to be a devout consumer of knowledge and positivity. Anything that will boost your confidence and help you excel in your area of interest, is something you should be opening up to. I religiously read about “writing”. Increasing my client base, finding out what other writers did to find success. How people manage their time and what to do about writer’s block, etc. I also listen to inspiring podcasts and follow positive accounts on IG such as @goal.cast. I read my Bible. I have 2 Law of Attraction apps on my phone. One for money and one for daily life. They offer daily inspiration and affirmations that are very helpful. You find the right balance that works for you, but the takeaway is to surround yourself with messaging that is consistent with where you see yourself at.
Have measurable and highly specific goals - In order to successfully reach and obtain your goals, you need to be very specific about what exactly you want. Vague goals are rarely achieved, and it’s too easy to get to make up excuses when you are not crystal clear about what you want. For example, I can’t just say to myself, I want to be a successful writer. That doesn’t give me any tangible accountability and no real way of measuring my success. So for me, that is the macro goal and then I’ve distilled that down to things like publish a novel within a year, make X amount of income from freelance writing per month, publish X amount of short stories, etc. Obviously, you have to create goals that are specific and unique to you. If you want “to be wealthy”, define what that means to you. Is it being debt-free? Having X amount stashed in the bank? Owning your own home? Get the idea?
Go Micro to Achieve Macro Success - Once you have defined your goals, you then need to create an actionable plan comprised of steps that you can take daily to bring you closer to your goals. For example, I want to publish a novel and once I’ve figured out what my novel is about (which I do), I now need to commit to writing every day specifically and solely on that novel. A word count is best. Using the “I want to be wealthy” example, steps could include, saving X amount per week, investing X amount per month, paying off certain debts within a certain amount of time, figuring out a way to bring additional income in order to close a gap, etc. The most important thing is that when you create a plan to achieve your goals, you are doing things that can be tracked.
Check-in and adjust the formula - To piggy backing off of #3, people often lose momentum because they aren’t able to track their progress. It’s important to do a status check from time to time. You determine how often makes sense for you, but I will say, too often and you might be discouraged that you aren’t far enough along. Not often enough, and you lose focus. Depending on your goal, you should at least be doing a monthly check in. Then, make adjustments. Figure out what worked and what didn’t and modify your actions accordingly.
Stay Inspired and Push Through - Figure out the reasons you laid these goals out to begin with. Contentment with self. Living a more fulfilled life. Whatever, they are, remember why you set out to take yourself to the next level in life, and use that to push through and keep plugging away at your goals. Allow yourself to fantasize about what accomplishing your goals will feel like. Reward yourself along the way for milestones you achieve on this journey. Eliminate negative self-talk and instead, find an encouraging friend or family member who will support you, and vice versa.
We are almost at the half-way mark. Finish this year out strong! Let me know if you’d like me to do a post about growth mindset. Also, please drop your comments and questions below, I love to hear from you, always!
Love and Stuff,