Is it time to celebrate OR Do you feel defeated and disappointed?
Hooray if it is time to celebrate — and be sure to keep on working on your goals. If your feeling disappointed, consider the following:
- Is the goal you set really important to you? If not, think about what you really want and how to go about achieving it. Revisit setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. If your original goal is important to you, keep reading for more ideas.
- Do you need to chunk down your goal into multiple, smaller steps? If so, get busy and do it.
- Do you need some extra support? Does your goal lend to have an accountability person or buddy who is working on a similar goal? If yes, then line up a goal buddy.
- Do you need positive reinforcement and something to look forward to in the future? Set up a reward system for yourself. Maybe putting some money in a jar each week you achieve 80% of your weekly goals. You can then plan to treat yourself with your “earned” goal savings when you decide how to celebrate later. You could make a refrigerator chart with stickers marking your progress with a picture of the reward on your chart.
- Do you need a motto or theme to remind yourself all your work toward your goal will pay off? Create or find your goal motto and write it on 3 x 5 cards. Post on your mirror, refrigerator, front or back door, and cabinet door. Anywhere you will see your goal motto for encouragement. You could even create a screensaver with your motto! Make your motto meaningful to you!
- What will you receive from reaching your goal? Is it worth all the sweat, sacrifice, and work it will take to reach it. Write down ALL the benefits of accomplishing your goal. Put this list where you can see it every day.
- Not feeling motivated? Schedule time to work on your goal. Do not let yourself “call off” on YOUR goal appointment. Show up, start your work on your goal, and before you know it you’ll be humming along toward finishing that day’s goal work. Schedule, show up, do the work, and repeat. All those appointment days will add up to progress toward your goal.
- Be patient, kind, but firm with yourself. If you veer from working on your goal, plan to get back on track and begin to do what you need to do. Maybe you have to cut back on the time you can spend per day or week toward your goal, but you’ll still be moving forward. Life circumstances can interfere but it doesn’t mean life will always be like that.
- Do you need to develop some new habits to support your work toward your goal? This could be a smaller goal to be achieved as part of the big goal. They say it takes 31 days of doing a new “thing” to make it a habit. If you go after a new habit, commit to it, do it every day, and write down that you did it every day for 31 days. Start over if you miss a day—not having to start over can be a big motivator!
- Are you committed to achieving your goal? Is it so important to you that you are willing to do what it takes to accomplish it? If yes is your answer, figure out ways to consistently move toward meeting your goal and receiving the rewards it will bring you. Hopefully, the above suggestions will help you harness your efforts. Consistency in working on your goal is the key to conquering the challenge of achieving your goal. Remember, schedule-show up-do the work-repeat.