How to Hit Your Goals in 2015
Hello 2015! Can you believe we are already one week in to the fresh new year? For most of us, that means one week into our chasing down the goals we set for ourselves this year. I hope everyone is doing great with their resolutions – but know it can be tough to keep on following through once that glossy, January 1st sheen wears off. Life has a way of taking over, and its all too easy to slip back into old routines. Thats why this year I’ve been taking a really hard look at how we can move from that place of wanting something to happen – to taking consistent action and really making it happen.
If you’re finding motivation waning, below are some tips I’ve collected that can get you back on track, with even sharper focus!
- Make your intentions public. You’ve heard it before, so I’ll keep this one quick. Letting the people in your life know about your goals is the first step to making them real. Plus, having some accountability can be a real motivator. Having said that, putting yourself out there can be a bit daunting – trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve often kept resolutions – big and small – all in my head or on notes for myself. But a lot of those thoughts eventually left my mind (busy life!) and the notes just worked their way to the bottom of my ‘bottomless pit’ handbag. So just blurt those goals out aloud and remember this – those that mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.
- Keep a calendar. Now everyone knows about your big goals – awesome. But anyone who’s ever set a goal knows that its one thing to intend to do something, and entirely another to actually go and do it. We tend to imagine our dreams as far off in the future, and they can begin to loom large. They get a bit intimidating. Chunking a goal down into its practical steps, and asking “what can I do now – as in, today?” is powerful. Plotting those small steps on a calendar that you can see everyday is just one way of keeping focused on the daily. Pencilling in a few rewards can also help! Small, consistent steps have a funny way of adding up – before you know it, you may be surprised to look back and see just how far you have come!
- Make a vision board. I’ll be honest – not so long ago I really felt that vision boards (along with the concept of ‘manifesting things into my life’) were a bit too ‘woo woo’ for me. But I’ve seen some amazing results from this practice and heck, I’m open and giving it a go this year. It’s best to sit down to create your vision board when you’re feeling relaxed and in tune with yourself. Then, its time to go to town snipping and printing those images and words that inspire you. Make sure you pin them up where you’ll see them each day – they are not much use to you folded away in a cupboard! Your vision board should help to centre you and remind you of your ‘bigger why’ – the reason you are prioritising certain activities that move you toward your goals every day.
- Look at where your time is going. There is only so much time in a day, and everyone gets the same amount. But sometimes, when we set new goals, we simply pile new tasks onto our busy schedules without eliminating any of the old! Sometimes, this is about the quest for perfection – our society tends to ingrain that in us. If this is the case, think about your priorities and identify some things you will have to drop or accept as ‘good enough’ in order to succeed in the areas of your life that really matter. Sometimes, our time-wasting habits get in the way – mine tends to be flopping down in front of the TV after a hard day’s work! Get in the habit of asking yourself: is what I’m doing right now worth sabotaging my future?
- Save your willpower. Psychologists generally agree that our motivation – or willpower – is a resource that can be depleted. Everybody is different, however recent studies suggest that our resolve tends to be stronger throughout the first half of the day, and wanes toward the afternoon. Each decision we make during the day can tax our mental energy, especially the tough ones (such as actively avoiding temptations!). I often notice that very successful people make a point of reserving their energy for the decisions that matter, and put a routine around those that don’t. Examples would be creating a simplified ‘capsule’ wardrobe, or preparing the week’s meals in advance with a big Sunday cook-up.
I hope you found the above tips helpful, and good luck – we can do it! Keep in mind though, we all fail some days – it’s the getting back up that counts!