My Top 3 Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals
What do you want for 2018? Start a business, run a marathon, or maybe you just want the kids to stop picking up the cats so dang much (that may be a sliiiight problem in our house)?
Aside from "hire a business/life/goal coach," ahem... there are quite a few awesome ways to really buckle down this year and make those goals a reality. And guess what, they won't cost you anything.
MY TOP THREE SUGGESTIONS, BASED ON THINGS I HAVE TRIED MYSELF.
ONE: WRITE. IT. DOWN.
Yeah. This is obvious, but the trick is to break your big goal into smaller, more manageable ones. I'm a rather visual person, and since I am not inherently organized, I find actual paper planners to be of great benefit. My favorite (and what I currently use) is the Daily Greatness Business Planner, but they're not cheap at $50 a pop. A nice alternative is the Passion Planner, which offers a free downloadable version in return for sharing their product. (Also: check out Courage and Clarity's Free 15 Minute Planner Method.)
TWO: HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
My accountability group is why I am able to push myself out of my comfort zone, but you don't necessarily have to belong to a mastermind or group in order to stay accountable. You could simply ask a spouse, partner, or friend to keep track of your progress. If starting a group interests you, but your friends live in different cities, consider trying Zoom, a free video conferencing app. Or GO HARDCORE and put your money where your mouth is with Stickk.
A few places to find an accountability partner:
- Any type of entrepreneurial minded Facebook group
- Supportive family members or friends
- Your kids
(The point here is to invite them into your process and allow them the opportunity to model your behavior of hard work and effort.)
- Creative and Coffee's Matchmaking Service
- Instagram (Found someone you think you might connect with? Shoot them a private message. You never know!)
THREE: PRACTICE TLC
Be nice. No, not to everyone else (although that's always a good rule to follow), but to YOURSELF! So often, we don't finish (or even start) our goals because 80% of our time is spent worrying about the how/if/when/why. And then if we move past that, we experience sudden shoulda/woulda/coulda.
"How will I accomplish this when I am so busy taking care of my kids!? I should have started this before I even got married."
It's important to nix thinking like that in the bud (or is it butt? I never know). It doesn't serve you, but more importantly, it can easily set you back. Way back. Here's your secret karate chop to that nasty internal gremlin. Ready? When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, think the following three things: What emotion am I feeling? Why am I feeling this way? What can I do to move past it? The important thing is to acknowledge the fear/sadness/frustration, understand where it comes from, and remember you have the power to crush it.
Good luck, everyone! Not that you need it! Here's to an amazing 2018!