8 Ways To Stay Committed To Your Goals
So you've planned, set yourself up to eventually act on your goals, but now you're stuck with this overwhelming feeling. Any goal, big or small, holds importance, but what happens when you find yourself struggling to stay consistent?
I'm am the queen of setting goals, weekly, daily, monthly, etc, and end up with thoughts stuck in my head of things going wrong and not going the way I plan for them too. I even think about all the "work" that is needed to actually accomplish my goals. So instead of finding ways to stay committed, I simply fall back and hope that things will work itself out.
That's not how to move forward in life. Not doing anything does absolutely nothing and worrying more about what could go wrong will cause you to not make a move period. So today, I'm helping you stay committed to your goals by doing these 12 things:
1. Create and stick to a routine
Routines do not make life boring, they actually help you realize where all your time is actually going and puts you on autopilot. Think about it, if you have a morning routine of waking up at 5:30AM, writing in your journal, drinking water, tea, or something healthy, praying/meditating, and of course eating a full breakfast all before 8AM, you will realize you have so much time on your hands, time you can dedicate to your goals.
2. Get clear on what your goals are and when you want to reach them
*Shifts in my seat*. How often do you set goals without a clear end point or deadline? Better yet, do you ever find yourself still struggling to figure out what you really want to do and spend time researching about what you want to do or end up copying others? Clarity equals direction. When you are clear on what you want to do and when you want to accomplish it by, you have a sense of direction to take.
3. Get support from friends/family
Let me be clear that not all people will support you, but the few people who do, need to stay in your corner. Support whether it be financially, emotionally, mentally, etc, is super helpful when it comes to staying committed to your goals. The good thing about including family and friends in staying committed is that it shows those close to you how important your goals are and the priority they have in your life; It might even become of importance to them as well.
4. Join people that have similar interests as you
I am apart of a few Facebook groups that focus on blogging/business and within each group I am connected with other women and men who share the same goals that I do. It's helpful to know that I am not the only one going after similar goals. Find groups online and offline of people who share the same interests as you. It makes things a lot easier knowing you're not the only one who is going through the same thing.
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5. Make your goals a priority
This may be obvious, but it is truly important to make your goals a priority. Too many times you'll make a goal and that's it. You'll leave it as a goal, but you don't make the time to plan out how you're going to accomplish it, by what time you want to accomplish it, and why it is important to you period. This is how you make your goals a priority. You figure out what's need to get it accomplished and you make the time do so. That means incorporating your goals into your every day life and not making them separate from what you do between the hours of 9-5.
6. Give yourself mini challenges
Figure out ways to make going after what you want fun. Although it's overwhelming, it doesn't have to be scary. Find mini challenges to set up for yourself to accomplish that will overall help you achieve the goal. For instance, you may have a goal to start a blog before May 1st, so in the meantime you should challenge yourself to writing everyday for a week. Remember, it's the small things that can make a huge difference.
7. Have inspirational talks or say affirmations
Our minds are fixated on the bad or all the things that could go wrong and when taking risks our minds might be telling us to be cautious, but your goals require risks! To keep yourself grounded and focused on the end result encourage yourself by listening to motivational talks, videos, or even repeating positive affirmations that can help ease your mind and help you stay committed.
8. Track your goals
Majority of the time when we set goals for ourselves we are also rushing to get to the end result, which is why it's important to track and locate the progress made during the process. Whenever I see progress being made for a goal I set for myself, it gives me this rush to continue pushing forward and want to get to the end. The same may apply to you, but if you're having a hard time staying committed, jot down the progress you've made in your journey so far. Where did you start? Where are you now? Is it one step, two steps, even a few steps ahead of? If so, reward yourself and keep pushing forward.