09 Jan 2018
5 Tips to Reach Your Goals This Year
What do you want to create in 2018? On New Year’s Eve when the ball dropped, many of us were full of BIG resolutions—and maybe a little champagne—so it all seemed possible. However, into the 2nd week of January, it’s back to business as usual. It’s not that we don’t really want to lose the weight, find a great relationship, start a business, or change unhealthy habits. We really do! So instead of giving up before you even start, try these five foolproof tips to reach your goals and get everything you want this year.
#1: Know Why You Want It
In order to reach a goal, you must truly connect with why you want it. Ask yourself if you feel pulled or pushed to reach this goal. If you want to run a marathon simply to say you did it, that’s probably not the best motivator. But if you want to run a marathon because you want to increase your stamina and endurance and be a healthier version of you, that’s your inspiration.
#2: Failure Is Not an Option
When you make a commitment to you, YOU deserve the same level of commitment that you would give to anyone else, including your manager, your family, and your friends. The minute you create a Plan B is the minute you decide that it’s okay not to reach your goal. Don’t do that. Let success be your mindset! Does it mean you won’t encounter obstacles? Absolutely not! But don’t let those obstacles be excuses for quitting. You can do it!
#3: You Can’t Do Everything
You’ve enabled bad habits for a lifetime, and as Dr. Phil says, “How’s that working for you?” In order to make a change, you need to focus, which means that you simply can’t do everything you used to do. If you’re committed to success, you’ll have to sacrifice another aspect of your life. Identify what you are going to let go of … and then LET IT GO!
#4: Create an Action Plan
Intention without action is a wet noodle. Be clear with yourself on the actions you are going to take to move you—constantly—to your intention. Some people put it on a calendar; others have post-it notes on mirrors. Do what works for you, but create a plan. Think of your action plan as your GPS for getting you to your intention, to your goal, to your best self. Check in regularly and adjust as needed.
#5: Visualize. Visualize. Visualize.
Buddha said, “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” See yourself achieving your goals. Imagine what it will feel like when you get there. Start feeling that way right now and live as though it’s already happening. They say that seeing is believing, because it is. Create a vision board, change your screensaver, see it in your meditation—do what works for you. Just do it! As Wayne Dyer says, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”