This week, I’m talking about setting goals and maintaining them. This is not something that can only be done at the beginning of a new year. I am always modifying and adjusting my goals throughout the year.
Setting goals does not have to be scary! Your goals can be literally about anything. One way to start is by sitting down and writing down everything you want to accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years. Map these goals out as far out as you can. What do you want? Who do you want to be? Maybe you want to be debt free by the time you are 40. Well, you can start working on that when you are 30.
Once you have mapped out long-term goals, you can look at them and turn them into more obtainable goals. To set these, be specific. You want a goal that is measurable. Define what the success of your goal looks like. Do you want to read more? That is a broad goal. Setting a specific goal is more obtainable: I want to read one book a month. Now you know what small bite of your goal to strive for each month. When setting a goal without a measurable piece, you run the risk of having success without noticing it.
Why You are Maintaining
After you have decided on your goal, it is important to remember why you chose that goal. I want to read more fiction books. I know that I function better when I make time for something fun, and reading fiction books are my version of fun. To keep the reason why you set your goal in your mind, try journaling about it. You may think, “Now Kayla, I have never been a journaler.” But, to get somewhere new, you have to try something new! One thing I use to help me with my journaling is The Artist’s Way Morning Pages. I have a whole blog post on how I have used it. Finding time to journal about your goal makes it more real.
There has to be accountability in maintaining your goal. Find a friend to hold your hand in your process. You do not even have to know this friend in person. You can find a friend in a Facebook group about your goals, reach out to someone you follow on Instagram that has the same vibes a your goals, or find a local friend. Connect with them on Voxer, direct messenger, text message, Facetime, or over coffee. Be careful who you share your goals with. You only want people who are going to build you up. A lot of times, people can (inadvertently or not) become wet blankets on your goals.
Triggers are a way to ensure you remember your goals. Think about the things you do everyday. Now, connect an aspect of your goal to that daily activity. If your goal is to do 50 squats a day, use brushing your teeth as your trigger. I have completed the goal of reading the whole Bible in a year for the last four years. My trigger to make it happen is to open the Bible app whenever I get in the car for the first time of the day and listen to it. Every night, after I put my kids to bed, I sit down with a drink of some sort of drink: wine, water, or tea. I’m am using this to trigger my goal of reading more fiction books.
Another thing to help maintain your goals is to reward yourself whenever you reach your goal. The reward does not have to cost a lot of money. I do recommend tying your reward to the goal itself. When I finished reading the Bible completely through the first time, I had my name put on the cover of my Bible. Now, every time I see it, I am reminded of the accomplishment of my goal. If your goal is weight loss, a reward for reaching your goal could be buying a new dress in your new size.
I would LOVE to hear about your goals this year! Comment them on my Instagram Reel where I discuss this topic!
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