4 Steps to Achieving your goals

So January is over and many of us made and possibly have already failed at the “New Year New Me” mindset. But why? Sometimes it seems that we make goals with all the best intentions but falter at the last hurdle, or in some cases at getting started all together. Below are some helpful ways that I’ve found of achieving my goals.

Assess your goals

  • Are they achievable or are you expecting too much from yourself?

Sometimes it seems we as people think we can do too much in too little time. Take for instance myself just last year I wanted to set up a business, graduate university, have the baby all my December. I decided this in January when I first found out I was pregnant, I was due in October, I finished my course two weeks before I was due and the business was a bunch of scribbles in a notebook. Not only was it not possible for me at that time, it was too much stress and an unreasonable deadline.

Break them down

  • Can you break your larger goal down into smaller more manageable goals?

If your goal is to lose 5 stone, why not break it down and set yourself small tasks to help yourself along. Meal prep, drink more water, exercise for 30 mins a day etc. A simple to-do list will make your life easier in the long run.

Deadlines

  • Is your goal something that can be done better if you take longer or does it need to have a set deadline?

Weigh up what is needed from you and how long you have to do it. After you’ve broken it down into tasks you can decide how long it needs to do. For larger goals, I like to give myself 3-6 months, but I also like to have daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists that way I know what needs to be done. If it’s on the daily list it’s more important or rather higher priority than something on the weekly/monthly list.

Accountability

  • Do you find yourself saying “I’m going to do … by …” then never completing or even starting the said task?

In my experience, if you have people who know your goals and tasks then you are more likely to stick to them. So what should you do? Tell your friends and family, ask someone for help and whilst you’re at it keep people updated. Friends and family want to see you succeed so telling them your goals is a good way to have them keep you on track, if possible asking someone to help or join you is a good way to keep motivated and if you feel you need a bit of a push post on social media your progress or talk to someone; keeping people updated will likely motivate you to continue especially if you’re finding it hard.

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So do you have any goals you want to achieve this year?

If so share them in the comments.

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23 thoughts on “4 Steps to Achieving your goals

  1. Jasmin N says:

    I really want to get accepted to school this year. Though, I’ve been rejected 3 times already so it starts to feel like I should give up. 4th time is the charm right?

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  2. karilife says:

    I definitely set weekly goals. Eat that elephant one bite at a time…Some weeks I feel like I’ve been really successful and sometimes it’s hard to not be disappointed at leaving a couple unchecked. I just move it to next week’s goals and try to give myself grace. Goals are how we move forward!

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  3. Dreamer Achiever says:

    Excellent post Kitty! It’s super important to be realistic, have accountable goals with reasonable deadlines and work for them in daily basis. And with bigger goals breaking them into smaller goals really helps as well. I would maybe add having rewards for yourself to the list – go to ice-cream if you pass the big exam, or have a wonderful holiday after graduating. It suddenly motivates quite much to know there is something nice just around the corner if you reach the targets. 🙂

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  4. Katja Knox says:

    I think breaking down your goals in the most important part of planning to achieve them. It’s easy to say “I’m going to do A” with no real plan on how to achieve A, and not achieving something is a massive downer and can put you off from going for other things. I think you got this spot on, girl.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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  5. helenevlacho says:

    I think setting deadlines help me achieve my goals. If I have a date set I might procrastinate, but in the end I ll do my best to do my work and to reach my goals.

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  6. Sondra Barker says:

    Goals are definitely EVERYTHING. If you can’t envision your success, you’ll never have it!
    The key for me is definitely accountability. As long as you work towards your goals, even just a bit every day, you will succeed 🙂

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  7. Thuli Mac says:

    Very important post! I agree with you on accountability. I have a group of friends where we share our goals and check in with each other once a month (scheduled meeting), where we assess what everyone has been able to accomplish at that time – we give advice to each other’s journey’s, or just lend an ear. Try it!

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  8. Whitney Roberts-Kutch says:

    I love this!!! I work best when there are deadlines and I often cram it in right before its due! Its best to tell me its actually due before the “due date” to get it in early.

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  9. Zana says:

    This was so inspiring to read dear. Couldn’t agree more!
    I can tell from my own experience that these tips are useful.
    I love to break my bigger goals into smaller ones and I also set my goals for a day, for a week… that helps me a lot.
    For this year I have so many goals.
    I graduated in Journalism last year and I would really love to find a job now. 🙂

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