What the heck you guys?! How is 2018 tomorrow?! 2017 has gone by so fast and to be totally honest I’m glad to see it go. 2017 has had some good moments for me, but mostly bad moments. It was kind of like A Series of Unfortunate Events with a few moments of fortune. LOL But I’m determined to make 2018 a great year, and achieve a few goals that I had to put off this year. And I thought I’d share with you guys the tricks I use to motivate myself to achieve my goals!
Don’t just pick a goal out of thin air. Sit and think about it awhile. What is something that you’d like to achieve that would add value to your life? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do but have put off? Will it make you happy? Is it a reasonable goal? Is it achievable?
NARROW THEM DOWN
Narrow your goals down. You should have a maximum of 3. Why three? Having numerous goals with a twelve month deadline will eventually leave you feeling overwhelmed. And it will force you to spend time and energy on various goals. With three goals you’re able to focus more time and energy on your specific goals. This will help propel your progress.
WRITE IT DOWN
You’ve probably heard a lot of people recommend this, but I’m going to step this up a notch. Once you’ve decided on your goals, and you’ve narrowed them down. Write them down. Writing your goals down will make them tangible. Writing them down is when they stop being a dream, and actually becomes something you can achieve and work towards. But it’s important not to just write them down, but also post them. Make them visible. Hang them in your bedroom, by your bathroom mirror, carry it around in your pocket. Seeing your goals everyday will push you to take the necessary steps to achieve them.
TELL A CLOSE FRIEND
Telling a close friend about a goal you’d like to achieve is like having a friend go to the gym with you. It creates a sense of accountability. Someone else besides you now knows that you’ve set this goal so they’re as invested as you are. Okay, maybe they’re not totally as invested. But it creates this feeling that someone could be checking in on you to see how far you’ve reached with this goal. That kind of accountability will again drive you to achieve this goal.
SET A TIMELINE
Having a goal, and writing it down is all great and dandy. But having a set timeline is really what you need to do to achieve your goal. Creating a timeline means that you’ve done your research into what it takes to achieve your goals. It requires you to plan out the necessary steps, and apply them to a calendar, and set a deadline. This doubles down on the tangibility we discussed in the “Write it Down” step. It also creates a sense of urgency. Everyday brings you closer and closer to the deadline. Therefore, you’re forced to take and complete the necessary steps prior to the deadline. Thus, getting you closer and closer to achieving your goal!
Alarms and daily reminders are the electronic version of posting your goals where you can see them everyday. If you set a daily reminder to do one of the tasks on your calendar you will be more likely to complete said task. Plus, let’s be honest, we get busy. It’s easy to get busy with your life and forget about the tasks you need to complete. Setting recurring reminders is a passive way to give you the nudge you need.
REVISIT THE GOAL DAILY
Do something, anything, related to achieving your goal on a daily basis. Doing so will create a routine. And before you know taking actionable steps to achieve this goal won’t feel like a chore, just a part of your day. Nothing will allow you to achieve a goal more than consistency.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACHIEVED THIS GOAL
It’s always helpful to surround yourself with people who are in a position that you would like to be in. Find someone who has achieved the goal you’re trying to achieve. Ask them out to lunch, pick their brain. Hang out with them. Frequent the places they frequent. You don’t have to be a stalker or anything. But rubbing shoulders with likeminded people will motivate you to keep working towards your goal. But even more importantly, these people may decide to help you achieve your goal.
I hope you’re all able to achieve all of your goals in the coming year! Let me know in the comments below what some of those goals may be!