Hey there Mommas!! 2018 is fast approaching, but now is the time to start thinking about how to reach your goals.
Who here waits until December 31st to set their resolution?
It’s you, isn’t it?
You must be the January 1 girl!
The truth is, most people don’t starting thinking about goals until January is upon us.
And really, now is the time to be thinking about how to reach your goals.
If you want to be successful in reaching your goals come January, then you need to hit the ground running January first! And how can you do that, if you don’t know what your goal is or if you don’t have a plan of action?
As moms, we are natural goal-setters. We do it every day.
We set goals for our kids (Get straight A’s! Get accepted in to college!)
We set goals for our spouses (Clean that garage! Remodel the house before graduation!)
And yes, we even set goals for ourselves. (Be a better mom! Exercise, exercise exercise!)
But how can we channel our natural goal setting capabilities and get those skills to work for us?
In ten (not so easy!) steps, that’s how!
How To Reach Your Goal In Ten (Not-So-Easy) Steps
1. Identify your goal. You cannot attain what you haven’t first yet identified. How will you know what you are working towards? You need that picture-perfect end result in your mind – and it needs to be crystal-clear. What does your life look like now that you have finally accomplished X? How has it improved your life? Why does X make a difference? Why was it worth all of the effort? Why is X important to you?
2. Believe you can reach it. In order to reach your goal, you have to believe that you are capable of reaching your goal. If you doubt yourself, your ability to reach your goal will wilt and die. If you believe you can do it, then you will find ways to make it happen. Without belief and hope, you will give up at the first obstacle in your path.
3. Write it down! Every goal worth having is worth documenting. So write it down. Write down what your life will look like once you have achieved X. Write down affirmations to help you reach your goal. Write down your plan to achieve X and definitely document your daily progress. It works for weight loss, it works for exercise, it works for finances and it will work for you!
4. Visualize it. This is powerful. What do you look like, when you are working towards that goal? How does it feel, taking those daily steps? Are you trying to eat healthier? Visualize yourself walking right past that cupcake. Feel that confidence, that power, in knowing that you have the discipline and strength to resist. Feel how your body feels when it is cleaner and free of toxins. See what your life looks like, when you are a healthier woman, wife and mother.
5. Create an action plan. Your plan needs to be simple. It needs to be smart. And it needs to be realistic. You can’t think you are going to pay off three years of bad debt by playing the lottery. That is not a good action plan. Think of the steps you will have to take daily to get you to your goal, and write them down.
6. Commit to your goal. This is where grit, perseverance, and dedication all come in to play. Every day wake up recommitting yourself to your goal. Remind yourself why you need to accomplish X. What is in it for you? What motivates you? And do what it takes to get it done. Don’t allow yourself to talk yourself out of it or give yourself excuses for not working towards X today.
7. Share your goal. This creates accountability. It’s easy to back out of working towards X if no one but you knows that you are trying to reach X. But if all of your friends or family know, it can be awkward to admit that you never met your goal. Sharing your goal makes it more real for you and a lot harder to back down or give up.
8. Stay focused. Keep your eye on that prize. Constantly visualize why you need to reach X. What will your life look like? What is your motivation to continue? Remind yourself over and over again why this is important. Create habits and routines to help you work towards your goals and find things that inspire you to continue.
9. Continuously re-evaluate your progress. Document your daily progress. Review this documentation at the end of the weak. Where did you waiver? Where were you strong? What can you change in your daily routine to remove the temptation to give up? What can you add to help you stay on track? Is your action plan realistic? Do you need to bring in outside help?
10. Celebrate! Celebrate small successes with rewards to yourself. It’s hard work to change a bad habit or introduce a new, good habit. You deserve to reward yourself for the small accomplishments along the way. And when you hit that goal, throw yourself a party!
That’s it. The ten (not-so-easy) steps to reaching your goal!
And because each step, in and of itself, can be incredibly daunting, I’m here to help you along the way. I’m your personal cheerleader! I’ll break down each step for you for the next ten weeks. By the time January hits, you will be well-prepared and on your way to reaching that goal!
Start thinking about a goal you would like to accomplish. Most of us can name two or three right off the top of our head. But, if it is hard for you to come up with something, then spend some time reviewing 2017. We only have two months left of this year. How did the year go? What were your successes? Failures? What can you do differently in 2018?
To get you started, click here to download The Ten (Not-So-Easy) Steps to Reaching My Goal – A Year in Review. This worksheet will give you prompts for your review of 2017 and move you towards a goal or two for 2018.
Need more help? Drop by our Face Book group! There you will find inspiration, motivation and support from other moms struggling to reach their goals and from moms who have been there, done that quite successfully!
And I will see you next week, right here, to discuss how to create SMART goals.