Bam! Goals. They’re great and everything, but who doesn’t want to make it happen? It can be tough, though…especially when you don’t know where to start. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that will help you achieve your word goals like synonyms for dive into in a way that feels good to you.
1. Write down your goals.
When you make a plan, it becomes more than a fuzzy idea that pops into your head once in a while. It’s a goal! And why would you want to settle for half of what you want? Write it down!
Why: Because writing out your goals will help you understand them better, and the process of writing can be very therapeutic. It also ensures that you don’t forget about them.
How: Get on paper and talk to yourself about your goals like someone else might talk to their friend. Instead of saying something like, “I want to publish my book,” write out specific goals like “I will publish 50 pages of my novel with one critique partner. I will publish 131 pages with my second critique partner.” Or whatever works for you. You could also try a goal setting worksheet or a flow-chart.
2. Make a timeline, and stick to it.
Why: Because it’s really easy to become discouraged when you don’t see results in the amount of time you want to see them (and no one is better at throwing you off your game than you). Knowing when and how quickly you want to complete your goals gives the path that much more clarity, making it easier for you to follow through.
How: Write down everywhere and everyone that could possibly assist in the completion of your goal, and then assign them very specific deadlines (in writing). Take a break from your goals occasionally, and give yourself grace if there are bumps in the road.
3. Evaluate your goals periodically.
Why: Because sometimes things change, and you need to redefine what you want to accomplish. Take the time to re-evaluate them as often as you feel necessary to ensure that they’re still realistic and are worth your time.
How: Put together a list of things that could make fulfilling these goals different, and take a look at it occasionally. It might be easy to lose sight of what’s important when the noise around us drowns it out…but remember that goal comes first, before anything else!
4. Create an accountability buddy.
Why: Because it’s incredibly easy to lose sight of what’s important when the noise around us drowns it out. You might even be ashamed of your goals if you don’t share them with anyone, so why not surround yourself with people that will support you?
How: Find someone who is (or will be) interested in helping you with your goals, and put them to work! Be sure to talk about goals often, and meet regularly. And remember that having an accountability buddy doesn’t mean you get them to do everything for you — they should hold you accountable to do your part!
5. Commit publicly.
Why: Because when we hide our goals, they’re easier to ignore. Don’t let the fear of ridicule keep you from reaching for the things you want!
How: Have a conversation with someone who is invested in your future, and be clear about why you want to pursue your goals. They’ll cheer you on, and you’ll feel much more committed to working toward them.
6. Don’t compare yourself to other people.
Why: Because there is no comparing! Other people have different gifts, experiences and strengths than you, and those things make their goals totally different from yours.
How: If you do find yourself thinking negatively about what someone else has accomplished, commit to being happy for them! Think of it this way — if they’re further along in their pursuit than you are, then that means that you’ve got less work to do! You could be the next big thing!
7. Become someone’s cheerleader.
Why: Because you don’t have to be that person. It’s important to let people know when they’re making positive changes. You can start by letting them know how they can benefit from specific actions they take, and you’ll be surprised at how much better it makes the other person feel!
How: Just tell people that what they are doing is working! You will be surprised at how motivated they will become, and feel good that you’ve had such a positive influence on them.
So, my word goals friends…what do you think? Is this a guide that’s going to make a difference for your word goals? What would you add to it? What do you think of the tips I listed above? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!