Something I take a ton of pride in is setting goals each year on things I want to Achieve, Over the new year I shared those with you. I like to get deep and raw and also semi surface level for my goals.
For some people goals are super hard, they are great at coming up with things they want to achieve, but how do they make those happen. How do they ensure that they succeed on those goals? Something I have been spending a lot of time focusing on is making sure I take actions to ensure I am constantly working towards my goals. The only one who can fail you, is yourself.
So I want to Dive into 7 things you can do to Help yourself achieve your goals, in order to do that, lets refresh on what my goals are so you can see how I have used these 7 tactics to help me work on my goals.
- Spend less time on things that aren’t important to me and more time focusing on the good things around me
- Learn to Run
- Cut Debt in Half
- Do more things to the house
Now that we know what my goals are here are 7 tactics to help you achieve your goals. And I will tell you how I put them in to play.
1. Each week/Month create a goal that helps you achieve your long-term goal – this is a mini goal, something you want to achieve that week that helps you get to the big picture.
With my goal of learning to run, I downloaded an app goal Couch to 5 k – (C25k) this app teaches you how to run, from there I set myself a goal to complete a work out each week with the app.
Cutting my debt in half, I removed all my credit cards from my online subscriptions so that they would only come off my debit card, So as not to accumulate any new debt. I made a goal to pay things off faster, So I made a list of the things I owe money on from lowest to highest example: (this is not my actual debt)
Credit card – $500
Student Loan – $1000
Car Payment $15000
From there I started to put each month I make payments on my smaller debt, to pay that off, and as I pay each item off I move onto the next one, in the process eliminating the amount of things I owe, instead of trying to pay off a large number of things at 1 time.
2. Follow 5 people each week that inspire you or have similar goals at the same time instantly remove people who do not align with your goals and where you want to be ( If you don’t want to unfollow because you run in their crowd simply hit the mute button)
This one is huge for me, I wanted this year to be more about me, creating a positive space in my life to allow me to work on myself. Something I heard today from the Birds Papaya Podcast was each time you hit follow on Instagram, you are giving that person power to impact your life. So, who are you giving power to? Does that person align with the life you are trying to have? Do they have similar goals? How are they making you feel about your life?
For me I spent the better part of the last 4 months unfollowing people, following new people in real life and Instagram. Sometimes we love people, but they don’t put us in a good frame of mind, and that’s okay. We can love people from a distance while we work on ourselves.
I decided to follow people who go for runs or discuss running. I also followed some people who talk about living a more debt conscious lifestyle. As well I will always continue to follow my core home décor peeps.
I unfollowed people who made me feel less than, models who lives perfect lives and always looked perfect no matter what. I unfollowed people who didn’t seem to be portraying their authentic selves. I followed people who started to talk about body positivity, and loving themselves, because that is what I want to see when I scroll.
3. SPEAK YOUR GOALS OUT LOUD!!!
I write this one in caps lock because how many of us make goals and share them with no one. We secretly tell ourselves this year I am going to lose 15 lbs, or this year I am going to be a more positive person. But we do nothing with that goal, because we don’t say it, we don’t communicate it, we don’t hold ourselves accountable.
Studies show that people who talk about their goals, share their goals, and say them out loud are more likely to achieve them, because they feel more pressure to hold themselves accountable to them. So, what if me learning to run and holding myself accountable to doing 1 run a week with my app, was holding me accountable because I shared it with all of you! I will tell you I already feel more accountable to completing it because people know it. Try it. If you have a goal, I want you to share it with 1 person, and than 2 people – I promise you will put it into action!
I am currently doing a reduced sugar challenge with my work out program (The Progress Project) Something I have done is share that with all my coworkers, so that they know what I am doing, they discuss it with me, and when things come up that could work against my goal, I have them to lean on, and as well by telling them, it keeps me accountable in a place I spend 75% of time.
4. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals!
If my goal is to reduce my debt, I shouldn’t spend my time hanging out with people who go shopping every weekend, who subscribe to every subscription box, or who eat out every meal. It would completely hinder my success towards my goal, right? Yes!
So that also means that if you have a goal that’s a more internal goal, say you want to spend your time gossiping less, well guess what, you need to surround yourself with people who gossip less, it’s a known fact that we pick up habits from who we spend our time with. So, we need to ensure that the people we spend our time with, have similar goals, or that they never try to discourage you from achieving them – this can be done by doing number 3!!! Tell your friends your goals so they can help you work towards achieving them, and if your goal is to gossip less, tell them, because chances are it might become their goal too!
5. Find something to listen to that inspires you to achieve your goals.
I have a few of these, since I commute, I spend about 1.5 – 2 hours a day in my car, which is a great time for me to reflect on my goals and put things into action. So something I do is crush audible books and listen to podcast – I say crush because 99% of the time I get so into them that the book follows me into the house while I am making dinner, doing laundry and I spend a lot less time watching meaningless tv when I am in a good book.
Something that was super important to me was to listen to challenge myself this year to listen to books to help me put things to action, I can demolish a true crime book, but what If I took that same time I am using to listen to a true crime book, and listened to something that helped motivate me towards reaching my goals. I started the first 2 weeks of 2020 listening to Rachel Hollis – Girl wash your face. In the book there is a ton of stuff that I don’t necessary believe but at the end of the day, I finished that book being more determined to work on my goals than I had when I made them. That’s the kind of thing you want to listen to if you want to achieve things this year. You can look at 100 memes talking about achieving your goals but if you spend time to actually listen to how other people achieved their goals, you will 100% be motivated.
Some of my favorite things I have listened to that have motivated me are:
There are literally so many! So many amazing things, and countless books. I do plan on doing a blog post soon with 10 must reads to help keep you motivated towards your goals for 2020. stay tuned.
6. Post a picture that correlates your goal to yourself – somewhere where you see it everyday.
So many people believe that if you manifest it, it will come true – guess what I am literally one of those people. I believe that what you put out into the universe comes back to you, one example. I told myself I am going to work hard, and I am going to lose my baby weight, and I did it 2x. I haven’t lost it all, but I put a damn good dent in it, and guess what I am still manifesting it daily.
Rachel Hollis discusses in her book that she has a picture of a vacation condo in Hawaii in her closet. Try putting a picture of something you want to achieve up where you can see it everyday. Subconsciously your brain will help you to achieve this because it will see it everyday, it will manifest. If you ever wanted to achieve something, do this. Do this one thing, find a picture that helps you feel motivated towards something and post where you look at everyday. – guess what my picture is, it’s the picture below. $0 debt, how many of us which we had no debt. Well I am manifesting it; I am telling the world that it is more important for me to have no debt than to spend my money frivolously. So, take the time find a picture that speaks to you and share it with your brain everyday.
7. Last but certainly not least. Forgive yourself.
Everyday will not be a perfect day, you are going to do things that take you steps away from your goal, but this is a journey it is not a catwalk. You are taking steps daily to achieve goals that are going to take time to achieve. You are not taking a short cut to reach your goal. So, 1,2 ,3 little things are not going to hurt your process of achieve your goals. The trick is to not let those mistakes, or slips, steer you away from achieving what you want from 2020. Or want from your life forever. You owe yourself more than that.
Last night was my husbands birthday, and we had birthday cake I had a small piece knowing that it was over my daily sugar goal, and then an amazing family showed up with ice-cream cake for him, and instead of saying no and being sad and grumpy because I didn’t enjoy myself I had a small slice. And you know what, this morning I woke up, and I looked the same as yesterday. My body looked the exact same. Because 1 day is not going to lose track of 1 year of working my butt off. Just like 1 small action is not going to take away countless steps and actions towards your goal. So, I say forgive yourself, because you will screw up, you will take actions away from your goal, you will not feel like manifesting for a day. But promise me you will forgive yourself and start again. You won’t let that 1 slip become the slope that takes you. Allow yourself to be human.
I hope these help you, because I shared them with you, to hold myself accountable to do them all. I am putting it into the universe that the goals I made this year are important to me, and that I want to achieve them, so I am going to talk about them, again and again. I am going to work on ways to achieve them, everyday. But guess what, I want you to achieve your goals too. I want you to be the best you, I want you to look in the mirror and love yourself just like I now do. It took me 9 months of hard work, a ton of mindset work but I do. I want everyone to feel this way, I want you to look in the mirror and just be proud of what you see looking back. So, if you want to start now, drop your goal below and give it power. Share it with me so you hold yourself accountable for making 2020 a year where your manifestations become reality.
Remember, everyday is a new day to find joy!