Sticking to your goals can feel like an uphill battle and often when we fall off track we think it’s because we are just lacking motivation. What if I told you that you don’t actually need motivation to stick to your goals and actually achieve them? We spend so much time waiting for motivation and we blame ourselves when it doesn’t come. We believe that motivation is something we need all day everyday and when we see someone who is seemingly very successful, we give them credit for being so motivated. But here’s a secret. Motivation is fleeting and it’s not something that is constantly around. Motivation is great and when its with us we feel unstoppable! But we shouldn’t wait everyday for motivation to come so we can take action because we’d be waiting forever! Here are 3 really simple ways to make sure that your goals become a reality even without motivation!
Let’s get into it!
Break Your Big Goals Down Into Small Habits
First we need to break our bigger goals down into small bite sized habits! When we have a big goal it can seem really scary and even downright impossible to achieve. Say you want to lose 50 pounds. That may sound big and scary! But if we break that big goal down into small daily habits, all of a sudden our goal becomes a lot more achievable in our brains!
Maybe a small habit for you would look like drinking 10 glasses of water a day and exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes per session! That it something that is highly achievable and you know that if you keep up that daily habit, you will eventually reach your big goal!
Make Your Goal Measurable and Realistic
Secondly, we want to make sure that the goals we set are both measurable and realistic for us! Heres an example. We can set a goal that we want to get fit but we never know when we have actually reached that goal! Because being fit looks different for everyone and there is no way we can accurately measure wether we have reached that goal or not. Heres an example of a measurable goal: “I want to be able to do 10 pushups in the next 30 days”. Now that is something that is both measurable and realistic! Once 30 days rolls around you can test yourself and if you have achieved your goal you can celebrate yourself!
When we set goals that are not measurable then we never know when we have achieved them or not and that could lead to us falling off or getting uninspired! So let’s set measurable goals so we can celebrate ourselves when we achieve them!
Know Why Your Doing It
When we have a bigger why for doing something, its like adding extra emotion to our goal. Our bigger why is something we can refer to everyday. Our bigger why is usually attached to something bigger than ourselves. Our families, our careers, our dreams etc. Heres an example.”I want to get fit because I want to be able to run around with my grandkids after school” or “I want to gain more confidence so I can finally apply for that job or start that dream business”
When we have a bigger why for doing something it becomes so much easier for us to show up for ourselves everyday because we have a bigger reason for doing it! So now it’s your turn to decide, why do you have the goals you have?
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YOUR ACTION STEP FOR THE WEEK:
Write down your bigger goal and break it down into 3 daily habits that you can commit to for the next 4 weeks!