5 Tips for Setting Goals and Crushing Them
Do you want to know how to accomplish any goal in life? The first step is to set SMART goals. The next step, is to establish certain habits and practices that will set you up for success.
I have found that these steps are crucial for achieving my goals, and I wanted to share them with you. I hope you find these tips helpful, and please comment below with your best tips for achieving your goals.
1. Create a vision board
This is so much fun to make and really inspiring. Creating a vision board is a great weekend project to do with your friends. Once you know what your goals are, create a collage of quotes and pictures that align with your dreams and motivate you to work for them. This can be used for fitness goals, career goals, spiritual or relational goals. I recommend buying some poster board and cutting out pictures or quotes from magazines. You can put this board up on your wall to inspire you every time you see it. Alternatively, you could just cover your room with framed quotes, pictures, and all sorts of motivation. The main idea is to surround yourself with reminders and inspiration.
2. Keep a journal
Write it down and make it happen. I love writing, so this is my favorite step to achieving my goals. It’s so important to write down our goals and studies show that the act of writing actually increases your effectiveness and likelihood of success. You want to know how to accomplish any goal in life? Write it down.Use your journal to write out your goals, and record the goals which you have achieved. I always find the best journals/notebooks at Walgreens, Target, and Ross. I’ve come to realize that the cuter the journal, the more inspiration I have to write in it. You can also find some awesome journals on Amazon. I particularly loved these two, so I’m sharing those links with you. Above is the Eccolo World Traveler Journal and below is the Faith, Hope, and Love Journal from Studio Oh.
I also want to mention that your goals may change a bit over time. Take note of those changes in your journal and use it to update your goals. It’s really neat to look back at your journal and see all you’ve accomplish and the ways in which you’ve grown.
3. Find a Partner
As I mentioned in the 5 Tactics for Setting SMART Fitness Goals, accountability is key to success. Sometimes you just aren’t motivated to go to the gym, or make healthy choices when you’re eating out. That’s when a friend is so valuable. Recruit your best friend or a close family member to be your partner. This will make reaching your goals much more doable and… it’ll probably be more fun.
4. Reward Yourself
Sometimes, rewarding ourselves isn’t something we really think to do. We focus so much on working towards our goals and we don’t celebrate the small victories. If you’re trying to lose 20 pounds, remember to reward yourself for your achievements. Keep in mind, that you don’t just have to reward yourself with food. Think of things you enjoy doing or special items you’ve been wanting. When you lose 5 or 10 pounds, maybe you buy yourself a new workout outfit, or spend a day at the beach, or go camping with friends. It’s best to find rewards that still align with your goals. When you reach your ultimate goal, it will definitely be an occasion for celebrating, but in the meantime, reward yourself for your smaller success. Those count too.
5. Be patient
We’re not perfect people and we will make mistakes. There will be times when you fall off the wagon, get discouraged, or don’t see the results that you want. I just want to encourage you to be patient. Achieving goals takes time and dedication. If you truly want it, keep going even when you don’t see the results. Know that in time you will achieve your dreams if you truly believe. Don’t give up. And remember… the struggle is what makes the reward so sweet.
Question of the Day: What’s your best tip for achieving goals?