5 STEPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE A GOAL + plus bonus Ninja Strategies
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS…
We all have them, but the act of achieving them is hard! (Remember your last New Year’s Resolution? Neither do I)
Sure, we have motivation in the beginning, but how do we stand by our promises when things get tough? When things get down and dirty it’s easy to wash our hands and release ourselves from the grind and hard work it takes to achieve our dreams.
But don’t give up! Don’t give in and let failure become yet another adjective that describes you. You can do this! And if you follow these 5 simple steps on how to achieve a goal – with a little hard work – anything is possible. Let’s go!
5 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL
1. WRITE IT DOWN!
Write down what you plan to achieve. Once you write it down, you have begun to create a plan of action. That’s a great first step. It’s simple, easy, and accomplishable. So go ahead – write it down.
Now, take out your calendar, your day planner, or any other app you use for keeping track of your schedule. Block out time each day to actively work on your goal. Whether it’s a writing goal, a workout goal, or simply cleaning out the refrigerator – if you don’t actively schedule it into your life, it won’t happen!
It’s easy to make excuses or make last minute plans – but keep to your schedule. You might have to start by waking up early, going to bed late, or even skipping your lunch break. But if there’s a will, there’s a way!
2. MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
After you’ve written down your goal and have a time slot dedicated to achieving that goal, it’s time to make a plan.
What practical steps can you take to move you closer to where you want to be?
For example, your overarching goal might be to lose weight. But that’s not a plan of action – that’s simply an idea.
A plan of action would be to use your time you have already blocked out in your calendar to create a meal plan for the whole week. You might also use that time to create a list of exercises to do each day – and then go do them!
Your plan is only as good as the actions you are willing to actually do! Try creating an overarching goal and then breaking it down into simpler steps. Create a goal for the week and write down practical steps to take each day.
Give yourself small goals that are achievable every day. It feels good to accomplish something and it will help keep you motivated if you can actively make progress each day.
3. GET RID OF TIME WASTERS
You have a goal to achieve! Get rid of time wasters and time-wasting activities (like worrying if you will make it). You’ve got steps to take and places to go! You don’t have time to be bogged down by negative attitudes or people who aren’t helping you achieve your dreams!
Whether it’s a person or an activity, stop putting valuable time and effort into those things aren’t encouraging and that will weigh you down in the long run. It might even be as simple as temporarily giving up your nightly television routine to make time for what you really want to accomplish.
What motivates you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Find something every day that will keep you motivated and on track for following your dreams. This could be a blog, a video, or simply a friend who is always encouraging!
I like to find encouraging quotes and hang them on my mirror! They are the first things I look at every day and they allow me to start my day in the right mindset.
5. THE IMPORTANCE OF A BREAK
Never underestimate the power of taking a break.
We all need rest and breaks from everyday routines to keep ourselves from getting ‘burned out.’
Think of it this way – when I workout, I usually do short bursts of high intensity training followed by a lower impact move.
If I only did the high intensity, I wouldn’t have lasted long in continuing my workout routine. Sometimes, the only thing getting me through a high intensity workout segment is knowing that in roughly 3 minutes, I will get a chance to catch my breath.
BONUS NINJA TIPS THAT GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA PUSH
When you’re trying to achieve a goal, try and find these 3 people:
1. Someone who has been there
Find someone who has already achieved the goal you have set ahead for yourself. Learn from them, grow from their knowledge and wisdom, and they can become one of your biggest motivators.
2. Someone who IS there
Find someone who has as similar goal and who is close to where you are currently. You can help motivate each and share your learned wisdom along the way. It’s nice to have a buddy who you can run through the ‘trials and errors’ with. This is a learning process and when you’re on a journey with someone, it’s easier to stay on task.
3. Someone who is where you were
Never underestimate the wisdom you have already gained in your life’s journey. There is someone out there who could use your knowledge to help them succeed and achieve their goals. Be someone’s person they can come to for advice.
The Power Helping others: live each day to make an impact on someone else’s life. Think of it this way: What will you leave behind? What will your legacy be?
If I die tomorrow and this is the last thing I leave behind, the last thing I get to write – I’m okay with that. Live each day like THAT – every day should be an opportunity to make a difference in somebody’s life.
Need some more motivations? Check out THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.
What are your goals?
CHALLENGE: Leave ONE goal in the comment section below and I will follow up with you to see how you’re doing! Because together, we can make things happens!