Hello!! And welcome back to part 3 of our blog series: Live Your Dream. I’ve not finished my manila folder dreamboard yet, but I’ll try not to forget to show you when I’m done. If you’ve missed out on the first two posts, check the bottom of this one to catch up.
Okay, if you’ve been following along up to this point, you should have your goals & your why written down and you should have your dreamboard made (or at least started). If you haven’t done these yet, what’s holding you back?! Get on it!! There’s no time like the present to start making those dreams a reality.
In this post I’m going to share with you some ways you can take your written goals from something pretty to look at to being something real and tangible.
Make your goal specific. If you have a goal of losing weight, put a number to it. “I want to lose 20 pounds”, for instance. Without a clear goal in mind, you won’t have anything solid to set your sights on.
Have a deadline. You don’t sign up to run a 5k, show up, and just run aimlessly. You start, knowing there is a finishing line, and knowing how far away it is. You start knowing that you have 3.1 miles to run before you cross the finish line. They don’t change it up and label it a 5k when they actually have a 5-mile course mapped out. You know where you are starting, and you know where you are finishing. Without having a deadline, you may get discouraged that you’re not there yet, and you may be tempted to give up. But if you can see that deadline, if you can see the finish line, it will push you to keep going, to try harder, to test your limits. Deadlines, however, can be adjusted. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t reach your goal by your deadline. (really don’t know why this is smaller, but I’ve tried for about 15 minutes to fix it.)
Break it down. Take your BIG goal and turn it into mini goals. Break it up into more manageable goals. If your goal is to make 100 new contacts for your business in the next year, break it down into monthly, weekly, even daily goals. To make 100 new contacts in 1 year, you would need to make about 8 new contacts a month, and about 2 new contacts a week. When you break it down this way, it doesn’t seem as daunting and gives you the confidence that you can achieve it.
Take daily action. Plan to do something every, single day that will bring you one step closer to your goal. Whether that means making a cold call, working on that painting, ordering new business cards, going to the gym even though you’re exhausted, skipping that delicious cupcake because you want to eat better… Whatever it is, do at least one thing every day that brings you a little closer to achieving your goal. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
Make it public. Now, you don’t have to broadcast it to everyone on the Internet. You could just share it with one person, but sharing your goals will help keep you accountable. If you know that there is someone else who knows what you are trying to do, you are more likely to stick with it, rather than tossing your sticky note goals in the trash or having them get lost on your desk. You could even take it one step further and tell them, even give them a copy of your monthly/weekly/daily breakdown, so they can check in on you now and then.
Reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything big. And if your goal is to eat healthier, don’t reward yourself with a fatty dessert! It could be something like treating yourself to a pedicure, taking the day off, buying that book/dress/makeup you’ve been eying, buying yourself some flowers, or, what I usually do, buying yourself a bottle of nail polish. It’s a cheap pleasure. 🙂 Once you have written down some of your bigger mini goals along the way, write a reward down next to them. Only reward yourself if you’ve met that goal. No cheating! And be sure to put a super awesome reward next to the BIG goal too.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. This one is important. Life happens. If you don’t meet your daily/weekly/monthly goals when you had hoped to, reassign them. They are YOUR goals. Please, don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go as planned. We will be discussing this area more in part 5, so don’t miss it!
Thanks for stickin’ with me! Come back tomorrow for part 4!