One thing that keeps me centred and focused is having small achievable goals. It may be a goal I have for the day, week, month or year. I don’t get too caught up in the emotions of not achieving a goal however when I do achieve a goal there is a lot of living room dancing going on. It gives me direction and something to work towards.
Side note: Another part of me also likes to welcome the ‘unknown’ as usually my goals are miniscule compared to the infinite possibilities that lie within the Universe.
Okay, back on track –
I’ve been a planner for years (since I was a kid) and I think I’ve managed to get quite good at it, but I’ve found that goals need to be revisited and tweaked and at times completely canned.
Here are my tips to achieving goals:
Break it down. If your goal seems daunting then break it down to smaller achievable goals and celebrate each time you reach a milestone. Once you’ve completed one milestone you can then start focusing on the next one (or just chill – whatever you prefer).
Maintain your energy. It’s easy to start off working towards your goal with plenty of motivation and enthusiasm, however as time goes on your energy can dwindle. Remind yourself daily as to why you want to achieve your goal. If that ‘why’ doesn’t feel as strong anymore, then perhaps you need to redirect your energy into another goal. Changing your goal is absolutely fine. Listen to your inner self as a guide.
Celebrate! Celebrate your goals no matter how big or small they are. Treat yourself to perhaps a lunch time treat, a facial, a massage or whatever your heart desires! Take a few breaths before jumping into the next goal and simply appreciate how far you have come and believe that you’re capable of achieving your next goal.
Remove distractions. The more distractions you have that will interrupt or deter you from your goal needs to be minimalised. Whether it be the environment you’re in or perhaps the people that surround you, make any changes required to achieve your goals.
Create a system. There’s a reason why companies and professionals track their stats. It’s because they want to constantly be aware of where they are, where they’ve come and how far they need to go. Find ways to track your progress whether it be via photographs, data or perhaps even journaling.