5 STEPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE A GOAL + plus bonus Ninja Strategies

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5 Steps for reaching your goals

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!pen and paper

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

jump into actionAfter 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 WASTERSstop wasting time

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.

 

4. MOTIVATION

too legit to quitWhat 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 BREAKrest and rejuvenate

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 PUSHbonus ninja

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!

 

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10 Comments to 5 STEPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE A GOAL + plus bonus Ninja Strategies

  1. Rina says:

    Hi there and much thanks for this great article on how to achieve a goal. Great practical information for anyone to use and I love the Ninja strategies. Time wasters is a biggy and your tips are on the button! I use a lot of the techniques you have mentioned here and one thing I do is voice record my plan on my phone and play it to myself when I wake up in the morning and just before I go to sleep at night. This helps me immensely!

    • Kayla says:

      Rina, 

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the idea of recording your goals and then listening to them for positive affirmation! That sounds like a wonderful way to stay motivated and on point. 

      Good luck in all that you set out to achieve! Go rock today!

  2. Ada says:

    Hi Kayla,
    I’ve gone through this article and I found it quite insightful and informative. To be frank, l have tried to achieve a number of goals for myself but lacked few points that you raised here.
    I really like the easy-to-follow steps you outlined here.
    Thanks for the motivation.
    Adau.

    • Kayla says:

      Adau,

      Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m glad you found some insight for achieving your next goal! I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors.

      ~Kayla

  3. Norman says:

    These are some really great tips on how to achieve goals. Your dreams will not come through just because you think it or desire it you must put some things in place in order for this to happen. When we look at those who are successful this came about by all that you have stated in your post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kayla says:

      Yes, I agree that it takes more than just a dream and a desire to achieve a goal – it takes hard work, dedication, and by making a plan, you will be more successful!

      Thanks for your comment and kind words. I wish you the best of luck in all you will accomplish!

  4. Luna says:

    I enjoyed your post. I need to do some of these things so I jot down the tips.

    Time wasters are people I can do without most of the time but when I am tired and stressed I don’t mind taking their calls.

    You have given solid tips that one can use to enhance their online experience. Some successful persons take pleasure in guiding others. Your readers will benefit a lot from this article.

    • Kayla says:

      Luna,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, we should eliminate time wasters, but don’t forget the importance of a break too. Sometimes just hanging out with friends is what we need to add a little refreshment to our lives.
      Good luck with everything your wish to accomplish!
      Keep checking back for more motivation and tips!

      Gratefully,

      Kayla

  5. Megan says:

    A great post on achieving your goals. So often I think we set a goal but forget to plan how to get there. Your post steps this out very well. I especially love calling the last 3 ideas “ninja strategies” – great way to add them in. I have a definite goal in mind at the moment but haven’t written it down or considered how I’m getting there. This post has made me remember that I need to Write.It.Down.

    • Kayla says:

      Megan, 

      I’m so glad you found some useful information. For me, I find it hard to keep my goals in mind if I’m not looking at them every day. I’m currently doing a 30 day challenge and I have it posted on my  wall where I can mark off each day I accomplish my tasks. It’s a great reminder and motivator! I’m on day 26, so it’s definitely kept me accountable! 

      Good luck on your goals! 

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