It's the first full week of the new year, and I'm on-fire motivated to meet my goals. I'm so darn excited about what I want to achieve this year that I want it all to happen right now! I was reminded yesterday that just because I haven't seen immediate progress on my first goal of the year, doesn't mean I'm a failure or that I'm not going to achieve it. Thank goodness for good friends who can see things from the outside looking in and remind me of that! This got me thinking about what strategies I could employ this year to not only be successful at achieving my goals, but also to give myself grace along the way. Here's what I've come up with:
Give Yourself Time
The T in a SMART goal stands for time bound, and I need to remember that even though I may be able to complete each of my individual goals in 6 weeks, I can't do them all in the SAME 6 weeks. I want to keep that fire in my belly, so I need to be careful not to let it burn to quickly and extinguish that flame.
Recognize All Achievements
Even small victories are worth celebrating. Though I may not have gotten 100 people to attend my webinar on the first day it was launched, I did have one person who watched! That's something to be proud of, learn from, and build upon.
Keeping a "done" list is a great way to remind yourself of how far you've come and how much you've accomplished. A done list is the to-do list's counterpart. You can still keep your traditional to-do list, but start a list of everything you've completed. This will give you a sense of accomplishment, and it tends to create momentum.
Not meeting your goal the first day you begin working on it gives you time to learn more about what you are trying to achieve. There are so many resources available about every topic imaginable. While you work toward your goal, why not gain insight from someone who has done something similar? You don't have to follow their blueprint exactly, but you can almost always pick out a little nugget of wisdom that will help you improve.
Sometimes when you get head-down into a goal, you become so focused on a certain outcome that you don' take time for your other responsibilities or relationships. Laser-focus is a great thing, but not at the expense of what matters most to us. Walking away from your goal even for an hour or two and spending that time doing something productive or interacting with your family or friends will provide you a better perspective and a refreshed sense of purpose when you get back to it.
Another option is to set certain time frames that you dedicate to your goal so that during other parts of the day or week you don't feel like you're losing precious time. This can also set expectations with your family and friend so they aren't upset when you are busy working toward your goal.
This is the best (and easiest) tip by far — get a mentor, a sounding board, or better yet join a group of them! Achieving your goals increases by 95% when you check in regularly with someone about your goal. This person or group can keep you accountable no only for working toward your goal, but for being realistic with your own expectations. If you're looking for a group like this to encourage you and keep you accountable, check out the Achieve! program that launches in February.
A woman with many roles in life who knows the necessity of keeping things in order!