A goal with out a plan is just a wish.
Goal Setting 101
Identify your W’s
What is your goal? - BE SPECIFIC!
Why is your goal important to you? If your answer is “Just because” it’s time to go back to the drawing board, my friend!
Who will be positively impacted if (ahem - WHEN) you achieve your goal? Family, friends, pets, coworkers… these can all be incredible motivators when you’re in a slump.
When will you meet your goal? - Set a deadline, then work backwards to develop a clear plan of attack. Break your goal down into milestones (with their own deadlines) so you’re not overwhelmed from the start.
Account for accountability
Set yourself up for success with an accountability partner who is either working towards a similar goal, or has already achieved what you’ve set out to accomplish.
Align yourself with people you admire - They will be a valuable source of support and input throughout the process
Track your progress - there are countless project planning and accountability apps at your disposal. Do your homework, find one that vibes with you, and stick with it!
What motivates you when nothing else does? If you’re competitive, make it a competition! If you’re reward oriented, dangle a carrot or two along the way. Example: Saving to buy your first home - Once you’ve saved your first $1k, treat yourself to a nice new wallet, or customized debit card. Every time you spend money, you’ll be reminded of your goal and re-think that 3am Instagram-fueled online shopping spree.
What has held you back from achieving your goals in the past? You know your weaknesses. Shine a spotlight on them now, so you’re aware when they will inevitably creep in next time.
Give yourself a break. There will likely be setbacks along the way to meeting your goal. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it. Remember your why you started!