So you know you want to make changes in your life, you want to set goals but you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed? Let’s talk about how to make and reach attainable goals. This is an easier process that will lead to large results.
First, look over your life and decide where you most want to make changes. It could be anything, write them down if you like. Find the main points you want to change. You can make it as detailed as you like. If there are many things you want to change, write down every one. You can even write what you think each change will do for you if you wish.
Now, look at each one. Is there a way to scale the item down? Can you take one big goal and break it down into smaller, more attainable steps?
Say you want to be more punctual. A good friend of mine has had this problem and what worked for her was setting the one clock in her apartment ahead by 10 minutes, so she was out the door in much better time.
How about if you want to eat healthier? Start out small, incorporate healthier things into your diet. As you get more comfortable with it, before you know it, you’ll be closer to the progress you wish for.
This will work for pretty much any goal you have in mind.
Make another list. Each goal you want to focus on right now, write it down, then make your plan for the small steps to reach that goal. If you want, make a list specifically listing those steps and keep it in frequent reach to keep yourself on track.
And, remember to reward yourself! And do not beat yourself up for stumbling when it happens. That is one of the most important things, is to allow yourself breathing room to improve.
Start out with a smaller version of your goal, success comes easier in increments, not in huge leaps.
Now, many of you may be thinking that you have too many obstacles to even try changing anything. Think about the things stopping you from keeping your goals. Again, make a list. Write everything you can think of.
Study that list. Looking at each item, is there actually something you can do about that obstacle? Maybe you have a hard time with finishing tasks. Is it procrastination? One thing I find helps me combat procrastination is to complete a task that only takes 5 minutes. When I’m having those days, getting a small thing done motivates me to getting bigger tasks accomplished. Perhaps that will also help you.
Really give your obstacles a good look and decide the ones you do have control over and take the necessary steps to eliminating those obstacles. I realize some obstacles are very hard to get through, some are likely people in your life hampering your personal development. We’ll get into more depth on that subject in another post.
Where possible, do what you have to in order to get rid of the obstacles in your path. Then, decide on 3 goals that are most important to you. Take those goals and if they seem enormous, break them into easier, bite size goals. With that list, plan the steps to reach the smaller goals.
Using this process, you’ll find that over time, the larger goals will be easier to approach. So get out there and change your life!