ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS PART FOUR
PART FOUR OF HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Welcome to the fourth and final week of our Achieving Your Goals super month. This week we will be going through our final four tips and strategies for making sure you achieve your goals. As always reach out for anything you need, subscribe to our YouTube, and keep up the good work!
GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Make someone hold you accountable. We all need to hold ourselves accountable but for some reason (because us humans are incredibly complex individuals) doing something for someone else is FAR easier than actually doing it for ourselves. If I wanted to go to the gym three times a week at 6:30, who is going to know if I go or not. It would be so easy to just hit snooze, or just wait out the morning until it’s too late to go, it’s not affecting anyone but myself. But if I was meeting someone at 6:30 at the gym three times a week you can bet I wouldn’t leave them by themselves. It’s strange how we work like this but getting an accountability partner and framing some of your tasks for OTHERS over yourself actually increases your chances of getting things done..
We LOVE a reward here. As big fans of Parks and Rec ‘treat yo self’ is just something we love to do. The brain is wired to seek satisfaction in completion (why we all love ticking off a to-do list) but enhance that satisfaction by treating yourself! We’re not saying go and buy a new outfit everytime we tick something off a task, but think of the little things you like doing and reward yourself for hitting your steps, or even doing your one thing a day. My reward is often as simple as a coffee (cafetiere not instant) and 15 minutes of reading where I’m not doing anything else. Knowing at the end of my task is something I love doing makes the starting so much easier.
TAKE TIME TO REFLECT AND ADJUST
You are never going to achieve your goals if you just go full steam doing absolutely every single step and task one after another in a big long list. It’s not a race and it’s rarely ever linear. Take time each week (or every day if you can) to reflect on what you’re working on, understand how you feel and adjust where necessary. Achieving goals isn’t about being incredibly militant around getting things ticked off, and berating yourself if you slightly miss. Achieveing goals is about understanding why you’re doing something, enjoying the process and building it around you and what works for you. Take time to come back to your why, your future state and think about how it’s going, what else you can improve, what you love and how you can adjust to make it easier for yourself.
Some people will work on a goal for years and never achieve it. That’s because it’s the wrong goal. The last piece of advice we need to give you today is that your goals are for you and you alone. You will never achieve something that isn’t write for you, or something which doesn’t bring joy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with abandoning a goal when it doesn’t serve you, there is a lot wrong with spending time working towards something that will be of no benefit. Quitting is often seen as a bad thing, but actually understanding when you should channel your efforts elsewhere is a hugely valuable skill. If you are taking time to reflect and think about your goals and see that one is just not right for you, it may be time to consider if your efforts are better applied elsewhere.