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You set goals, you write them down, you work toward them. But sometimes you just can’t seem to reach them. Does this sound familiar?
Big goals can be overwhelming sometimes. Maybe you just don’t know where to start with them or you end up getting stuck working on them or something else gets in your way.
That’s where coming up with processes and strategies to help you reach your goals is helpful. That’s what I wanted to talk about today.
Here are my 11 helpful strategies to reach your goals!
1- Set SMART goals.
I see tons of talk about SMART goals, and that’s because they’re the best type of goals to set. If you’re serious about reaching your goals, you should understand the importance of having SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely) goals. If you have a really vague goal such as “be successful” then it’s going to be very difficult to achieve it. For example, what does success mean to you? How are you going to get there? When are you going to get there? How will you know when you’ve achieved success? You just really have nothing to work for when your goal isn’t SMART.
You might like: 8 Steps to Setting + Achieving SMART Goals
2- Write your goals down.
Actually seeing your goals written down on paper can go a long way toward increasing your chances of achieving them. If you want to know more about why this is so helpful, you can check out this post that talks about the 7 benefits of writing down your goals. I recommend getting a journal devoted solely to your goals or having a goals planner like this one. But either way, if you want to take your goals seriously then you definitely should write them down somewhere!
3- Create an action plan.
If you ask me, planning is pretty much everything when it comes to reaching goals. When you know exactly what you need to do to reach your goal, it makes things so much easier. All you need to do is follow your plan, which keeps you from feeling stuck or lost along the way. When you set a goal, create a detailed list of everything that you need to do to achieve it. This simplifies the goals, makes them more realistic, and vastly increases your chance of reaching them. I can’t stress enough how important this tip is!
4- Use a daily planner.
If you’ve made an action plan for your goals like we talked about above, the next biggest tip is to get a daily planner if you don’t have one already. This way, you can set daily goals (or a to-do list) to ensure that you’re working toward your goals every day. Every night before bed or every morning when you wake up, write out a list of everything you need/want to accomplish that day. Try to make sure that you’re including one thing every day that will help you achieve your goal. If you do this, you should be reaching your goals every time!
If you’re looking for a good daily planner, here are the top 4 that I’ve used and 100% recommend:
5- Have some accountability.
Having accountability is so helpful when it comes to accomplishing what we really want to do. If you’re being held accountable, you’re more likely to do the work that it takes to accomplish what you’re aiming for. There are several different ways that you can have more accountability when it comes to your goals. You can tell someone about your goals and ask them to call you out when you’re not working on them. You can post about them on social media. You can create a group of like-minded people who have the same goal. You can join a group like The Inspiration Ladies and talk about your goals there. Or if you’re a blogger, you can share your goals on your blog like I do with my monthly goals.
6- Develop a positive mindset.
Being a Negative Nancy all the time will get you nowhere. If you don’t actually believe you can achieve what you’re working toward, it can hold you back. A negative mindset and self-limiting beliefs will definitely get in your way of pretty much anything that you’re trying to do. At the least, it will slow you down and at the most, it will stop you from reaching your goal altogether. So believe in yourself, believe that you can achieve your goals, and try to stay positive – even in the midst of setbacks and failures. Use your failure as a lesson learned and then turn it into motivation to keep going and be successful. Remember, you are what you think!
7- Increase your productivity.
If you’re able to get more done in less time, then you’d obviously have an easier time reaching your goals. The key is to cut down distractions and have strategies to help you work smarter. Here are several helpful posts on productivity if you need some help in this area:
- How to Have a Productive Week (Free Weekly Planner)
- Staying Productive While Working From Home
- 5 Apps for Productivity & Time Management
- 5 Ways to Get More Done (Without Extra Work)
- Planning Your Day With the Time Blocking Method
- How to Get More Done Every Single Day
- 5 Fun Ways to Increase Your Productivity
8- Check in on your goals regularly.
If you’re serious about reaching your goals, you should check in on them regularly and keep track of your progress. This is helpful for two main reasons. One, it ensures that you’re staying on track and doing what you need to do to reach your goals. If you notice you haven’t been working hard enough, you can step up your game. The second reason it’s helpful is because if you’ve been working hard, you can see your progress. It can be easy to feel discouraged when a goal is taking longer to reach than we’d like it to. But if you’re checking in regularly, you can stay positive and motivated.
9- Set up a reward system.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I believe in the power of rewards! The path to reaching big goals can be a long and hard one, so having a reward system in place can go a long way toward keeping you on track. To do this, create milestones for your goals. For example, if you’re trying to lose 30 pounds, every 10 pounds that you lose can be a milestone that you reward yourself for reaching. This can help you see the progress you’re making, make things less overwhelming, and keep you motivated to keep going. This post here shows an example of an effective reward system, plus 20 healthy and frugal ways to reward yourself.
10- Keep your “why” in mind.
Remembering your “why” is always helpful. Having purpose behind everything you do will naturally help you be more successful. When you feel like giving up, like you’re stuck, or like you’re getting nowhere, that’s when your “why” comes in. Remember why you started in the first place and why this goal is so important to you. Imagine what your life would look like if you achieved your goal versus what it looks like now. If your purpose is important to you, this will keep you going in moments of self-doubt or defeat.
11- Prioritize self-care, too.
Yes, you should be working hard toward your goals but you should also be taking care of yourself too. You don’t have to work at them seven days a week and you shouldn’t neglect yourself in the process. Take some days off and do things for fun that don’t have to do with your goals. If you keep going without rest, you’ll eventually get burned out. Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s not fun at all. Don’t stop and don’t give up, but give yourself a break once in a while. You’re more important than your goals!
What’s your favorite strategy to help you reach your goals? Let me know in the comments!