I have found myself in the last few weeks thinking of things that I want to adjust and change in my life starting at the new year. Then, I stopped and asked myself, “Why Wait?” Many times, I have convinced myself to put off some of my dreams and goals by making excuse after excuse like, “Oh, I’ll wait to join a dance class in the New Year.” Or, “I’ll start saving when I get more money.” I don’t know the science behind it, but I know enough people who’ve said these things (including myself) to know that it doesn’t work.
We want you ladies rolling in the new year with dreams you’ve already started moving towards. You want to be healthy, choose to be healthy now. You want to start a business, write the business plan out now. There is absolutely no reason that can truly validate why you can’t do at least one thing today to help you reach your goals. Check out these tips on how to set goals and achieve them.
Write It Down – Research has clearly shown that those who write down their own goals and dreams on a regular basis achieve those desires at a significantly higher level than those who don’t.
What You Can Do: Journal about your dreams. Write down everything you envision for yourself or your business or your life. Set your heart loose to just dream without limitation. Then, take those dreams and filter them into a clear, concise goal using the SMART goals method. Here’s an example of mine.
My Dream: Be able to do a full straddle and forward split. (A girl can dream, right?)
My SMART Goal: Lower my split space by 5 inches in 5 weeks.
S- Specific: I know exactly what I am setting out to accomplish. It isn’t vague.
M- Measurable: It is measurable because my split space progress is trackable.
A- Attainable: I took this big dream and set a goal that is realistic for me to do.
R- Relevant: My point in doing this is to increase my overall flexibility for a healthier functioning body. It is very relevant.
T- Time Bound: I’ve given myself a generous 5 weeks to achieve this goal. Goals that are time bound give you a finish line to cross. If you don’t give yourself a realistic time to complete your goal, you’ll never finish.
Schedule Your Goal Time – While writing down your dreams and setting clear concise goals are an excellent start, you’re only part of the way to achieving your dreams. Next thing is, schedule time for yourself to focus on that goal and stick to it. If your dream is to write a book, block out time for yourself to write at least 30 minutes a day. Let your family and friends know that you’re implementing this, so they can support you as well.
What You Can Do: Use your phone to schedule your “Goal Time” and set it to alert you so you don’t forget. For personal reasons, I use a physical planner instead of my phone for my calendar, so I write down my time that I’ll stretch, focus on balance, or go to a class.
Ladies, don’t wait until December 31st to do this. These are simple things you can do now. Share with us some of the goals you’re setting and any tips you have for how you plan to achieve them.