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Set Your Goals and Crush Them
We are a week into the new year 2020. You’ve set goals and are feeling motivated or maybe you didn’t set goals because you know you give up later in the year. I’ve been there multiple times. I’ve set BIG goals and then begin to drown because I can’t sustain them when life gets busy or I lose motivation. How do you set achievable goals? Is your current goal achievable?
What is an Achievable Goal?
An achievable goal is a realistic, detailed goal that you can break down into steps to achieve. For example, I can say “I’m going to lose 20 pounds this year.” or I can say “I’m going to lose 20 pounds by June. I’m going to drink half my body weight in water, take the dogs for 30 minute walks at least 3 times per week, and drink a wake me up smoothie every morning for breakfast.”
It’s a goal with an action plan attached. A SMART goal, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time. You have to be realistic when setting your goals. Remember that motivation flees and life gets crazy. Action plans will save you on the days when you feel like giving up.
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What kind of goals should I set?
Let’s look at the BIG picture first.
Ask yourself this question, What makes me the happiest? What fills my cup?
For me, I love helping people and spending quality time with them. Pouring into people and seeing them succeed, come out of their shell, and accomplish their dreams sends me over the moon.
then ask, what prevents me from doing what fills my cup?
I say yes to people at work all the time. Which results in stress, exhaustion, people taking advantage of my time, and zero energy to help those that I want to help.
What achievable goals can I set that result in my happiness?
- I can manage my time better. Schedule out all the things I want to do for the month. Coffee dates with friends, volunteer opportunities, date nights, etc. Then when I’m asked to do something for work, I can look at my calendar and say, “No, I’m booked”.
- Exercising reduces stress and creates more energy. I can find an exercise program and schedule it into my planner or mobile calendar.
Write these things down. Start big and funnel down into achievable goals with detailed action steps.
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Don’t Get Caught Up
What do I mean by “don’t get caught up”? There are two ways, you can get caught up, and it comes down to your personality.
Some personalities get caught up in the BIG dreams and what they do. So much so that they get lost. They spend hours planning, writing, and dreaming but never get down to the small doable steps that will move the needle.
The other personalities don’t see BIG dreams. Their minds literally go blank. They can think of small goals but nothing really far out. They get caught up in not knowing what dreams and goals to aim for.
There is NOTHING wrong with either personality. In fact, I am the one that struggles with the BIG dreams and my sister in the dreamer. When she dreams and her mind starts flooding with ideas she will call me and I help her see the small things. Point A and B that will get to her C and D mindset. On the other hand, when I have an idea she helps me expand it far beyond what I could come up with on my own.
Do the Work
Once you have your achievable goals planned, take the time to implement them. You have to be intentional! Carve out at least 5 hours a week to devote to your goals and action steps that will move the needle! Goals take time to achieve, don’t get discouraged. You can do this!
Let 2020 be the best year yet!