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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Be a Goal Digger

Goal digger.  Driven. Ambitious.  Those are some of the words that come to mind when I think of someone who has had success in accomplishing their goals.  But what if you’re someone who can’t seem to finish what you've started?  A procrastinator even? Here are some strategies that I have used to help me get closer to reaching my goals, no matter what they are.

1.       Brainstorm

That’s right.  Sometimes it seems like we are going nowhere because we don’t yet have a clear idea of where we would like to go.  Taking the first step can be scary!  Brainstorming is the perfect way to figure what you want to do.  I’m old-fashioned--I like to write out all of my ideas on a piece of paper and go from there.  If pen and paper is too archaic of a method, you can easily do it on a tablet or computer.  Nothing is off limits.  Once you have everything in front of you, it will become clear what needs to be categorized as a short-term goal and a long-term goal.

2.       Map Out a Plan

Now that you’ve identified your short-term and long-term goals, you can create a plan of how you want to accomplish this.  This could mean anything from simply writing down the steps that you are going to take in order to make it happen, to employing the use of an app that assists you in the tracking progress.  Basically anything that is dedicated to allowing you to reach your goals is part of the planning process.  Planning is a very personal process, there is no right or wrong way to do it.

3.       Use Smaller Goals to Reach Big Goals

After mapping out a plan to reach your goals, you’ve probably noticed that your bigger, long-term goals include a lot of short-term goals in between.  Use these smaller goals a stepping stones toward your big goals.  Sometimes, looking at the big picture in terms of what I wanted to accomplish was very daunting for me.  However, when I decided to break up my goals into chunks, everything seemed a whole lot easier.  All of a sudden my big goals became more attainable. If you’re someone who tends to get overwhelmed at big projects, this might be an ideal way for you assess your goals.

4.       Don’t Forget to Check Your Progress
Sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind of what we’re trying to do, that we often fail to take a moment to look at far we’ve come.  Whatever your goals may be, don’t forget to regularly take the time to acknowledge and document your progress.  Many times, seeing your progress will actually motivate you even more than ever to reach your goals!  It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable while providing yourself with inspiration.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, finish school or save money, these tips can help you place your goals into perspective.  Huge tasks won’t seem so tough when you’re armed with a plan and a vision.  How do you plan on reaching your goals?

Happy GOAL Digging!


Birma said...

Great blog. I will try these tips.

Lil Miss Honey B said...

@ Birma, Thank you!

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