Get outta bed every AM and SLAYYYY.
∇ My top tips (I’ve picked up along the way) to make your daydreams become a reality.∇
Kind of a joke……and kind of not. 😉
Get in the right mindset.
Determine WHY you want to reach your goals. What’s your motivation? Focus on the big picture and use this as ammunition to get you pumped! If you want to lose weight, it’s really not just about looking good in a bikini, is it? What about building your self image, having more energy, and improving your health? No more procrastinating. The time is now.
Break it Down.
Establish some smaller steps you can take to make your broad goal more manageable. Having a plan will help you to avoid getting overwhelmed and giving up. One step at a time…
Set a date.
No one likes deadlines, but man are they effective. When the X’s on your calendar are getting closer to your date, the adrenaline sets in and you go into laser focus mode.
Doesn’t it feel so reassuring when someone really gets what you’re going through? I know it makes makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one.
Get a friend (or a group) on board to help encourage you. Check in with each other (even if it’s through Snapchat or Instagram) to cheer on each other’s progress and to give a lil pep talk when someone suffers a setback.
Treat Yo Self.
Set a reward or some way to treat yourself when you accomplish your goal. You may even do multiple small rewards throughout the process if you’re more of an extrinsically motivated gal.
See it, Feel it, Believe it.
Post your plan where you can see it-on the fridge, at your desk, on your phone w/reminders. And don’t forget to visualize it!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up.
Listen, there are going to be setbacks, rejections, or your own lack of commitment that gets in the way. If you focus too much on the failure, you might not be able to pick yourself back up. Acknowledge the misstep, reflect on anything you can do differently and keep on trucking. Positive thoughts are key in this process.
Don’t work harder, work smarter.
Use the SMART method to set your goals using this tried and true structure. I’ve touched upon these ideas, but this may be an easier way to help you keep it organized in your brain. The SMART method has been around since the 80’s so you it’s gotta be good.
Specific-Make sure your goal is well defined. Answer all the W questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why).
Ex. A broad goal is to lose weight. A more specific goal is to cut sugar from your diet and go to Pilates 3 x a week.
Measurable-How will you know are making progress and have achieved your goal? Set mini goals along the way for yourself, using “concrete criteria,” according to topachivement.com. Ask, how much, how many?
Ex. Losing 2lbs per week with an end goal of losing 15 lbs.
Achievable– Goals should be challenging and push you, but also reachable. How is this goal relevant to you and does this fit in your life now? Do you have control over it?
Ex. Hmmmm, is it realistic for you to lose 15 lbs with an upcoming vacation and the holidays? That answer is yes if you’re super motivated. If you think you’re setting yourself up for failure, make some small steps now and go in full force after the holidays.
Reason-Why do you want to achieve this goal? Who should you set goals for? Most changes in your life only occur if YOU really want it and are inspired to do so.
Ex. People had told her to lose weight her whole life, but SHE was finally ready to make the change. She wanted more energy to play with her kids and she wanted to improve her overall health.
Timely– Let’s be honest, a lot of tend to procrastinate, so we need to work within a time frame. We need to
trick train our minds to have a sense of immediacy, so we get on it! What’s your start date and end date?
Ex. 2 months to achieve my goal-June 1 through Aug 1.
Enjoy the ride.
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is not found in finishing an activity, but in doing it.”
This quote may annoy some people who are hungry and so, so ready to reach their level of defined success. I get it–I’m hungry, too. Butttt, I can totally understand and appreciate what ‘ol Greg is saying. If we get too focused on the end goal and don’t enjoy the process, then what’s the point?
Would love to hear your thoughts. Tell me about your hustle! What motivates you ?
Need some help with reaching a goal..would love to help with feedback.