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How many times have you set a goal and not followed through with it? I have a million and one times and although I wish I had completed those goals, I know that I didn’t set myself up for success from the get-go, which is why I have compiled my 5 top tips to help you succeed at any goal that you put your mind to!
This is probably the most important tip on the list and it is also the one that you need to start with. Being realistic with your goals is what creates the foundation for a potential and successful goal. If you are not realistic you will burn out quickly and give up on your goal before you even begin. Take blogging for example. Say you want to get 1000 views on average per month, but your goal is to have 50,000 views per year. Unless you are growing your views exponentially each month then 50,000 views up from 1000 is definitely not realistic. Try something more likely like 20,000 views per year. By starting small and working your way up, you are giving yourself the chance to complete that goal which is much better than getting that 20,000 while hoping for 50,000 and feeling unaccomplished. 20,000 is definitely an accomplishment!
Write It Down
Writing your goals down is crucial! Not only will you stop yourself from forgetting or changing your goal, but it will also be right in front of you so you can see it whenever you like and you can push yourself each time you read it to do a little better today. By not writing it down you are risking forgetting the goal and also more likely to change that goal regularly. You want 20,000 views right? but then you think ‘oh I don’t want to work today’ or ‘Oh yeah, I want 50,000 still’, so you try for 50,000 views again or you bring it down to 15,000 instead. When you don’t make a note of your goals, you limit your chances of success straight away. One of the best resources I have found for writing all of your goals down and getting the most out of them is the Slay Your Goals Planner by It’s All You Boo. It’s an amazing 60+ page guide to help you get the most out of your goals and also how to plan for success! You can grab it here!
Why Are You Doing It?
Ask yourself this question before you do anything else. Why this goal? Why now? What is the reason I am doing this? If you answer something like money then stop right there. If your main goal is to make money then you need to take a step back and reevaluate what you are doing. Money should be an extra of your end goal, not the goal itself. Take me for example, I blog because I love it and I love connecting with people and helping people. So far I haven’t made any money from but who cares, I’m doing something I love and if I make some money from it then that’s awesome but the money is not why I do this. If you can’t come up with a real and good answer to any of the questions I asked then honestly, don’t even bother with the goal at all. Why? Because you will end up doing something you hate or making the same money you would be making at that crappy 9 to 5 job you left to do this in the first place. You will end up back at the beginning.
This is super, super important. When you write down your goal, write down what you are going to do to fulfill this goal. Having a plan or at least stepping stones will be the difference between burning out too quickly and pushing on to the next part. You also want to break your goals down into smaller bites. Let’s go back to the blogging example for a minute. Your goal is 20,000 views but you can break it down to 2000 views a month or 500 views a week. It will definitely keep you in check and motivated.
And lastly, my favourite tip! After each milestone or at the completion of your goal you have to reward yourself. It doesn’t matter what your goal is or how small it is, rewarding yourself is the key to keep pushing yourself to do it all over again, and again and again. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy either, although if that’s what you would prefer then go for it. The reward can be as simple as taking a day off or going out for lunch, or it could be as extravagant as traveling to a new country or buying that new car you’ve been wanting. It’s up to you to decide.
What goals have you completed? Tell me how you did it in the comments below!
Until next time!