I know I’ve said this before but I’m going to say it again: achieving your goals does not happen overnight. Too often we look at the success of someone else and we think “gee I wish I had it as easy as that”. But we don’t see behind the scenes or the hard hustle that happened for that person to get to where they are today.
It just doesn’t happen overnight and the people who think it will are not committed for the long haul.
If you’re ready to start achieving your goals and want to stay committed to them no matter what, then the rest of this blog post is for you!! I want to tell you some of the secrets that I’ve learned about how to stick to goals until you achieve them. It’s what I put into practice every day and you can too!
1. STARTING GOALS
I have a dream board. I have had many dreams on my dream board that I take off because I’ve accomplished them. In their place I put up new dreams!
The visual reminder of a dream board helps me keep them in my mind all day long. Every morning I visualize what I need to accomplish and the dreams I am working towards.
Take some time to start a dream board and put up your biggest, wildest dreams on there. Don’t hold anything back! This is where you can be real with yourself, so honestly come up with a list of dreams you’ve maybe always had but were too afraid to voice out loud. Remind yourself that you CAN have it.
Your first step to success is to believe in your own dreams and your ability to achieve them.
2. STICKING WITH IT
It’s not just about making a dream board and looking at it everyday and reminding yourself that you can have it. Doing that will give you the motivation and the belief necessary to start your goals, but after that you need to decide that you will stay committed to these goals no matter what.
Sticking with your goals requires dedication and that means you can’t give up when it gets tough. Decide to make that commitment to yourself and never forget that commitment.
When you’ve committed, a great way to stick with your goals is to create small wins for yourself. This means setting up small goals that will ultimately lead you to your big goal. Each time you achieve a small goal, celebrate it! Give yourself reason to always celebrate those small wins because those are the stepping stones that will take you to the top.
When you celebrate these little wins you are giving yourself motivation for the next task. You’re telling yourself: “Look! You’ve got this! You can do it!”
3. ACHIEVING GOALS
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: you’ve finally taken those dreams off the dream board and can look at them in reality! Congratulations!! When you achieve a goal or hit a big dream, don’t be afraid to dream bigger.
At first, my dream board was filled with dreams that I thought were pretty huge, but as they became part of my reality I realized that I could dream bigger and those could be achieved too!
I never stop dreaming. If I achieve a goal, I take it down and put up a new one. Celebrate the goals you achieve and work for the ones still to come. Start dreaming bigger than you ever thought possible and be amazed at what can happen!
As you put these steps into practice, remember that it is not an easy road. It takes a lot of dedication and there will be days when you feel like quitting. Don’t quit. Remind yourself why you committed to your goal in the first place!
I learned from years and years and years of unsuccessfully trying to reach my goals that the key to success is always inside you. Your commitment to stick with it even when others quit, your focused mindset and the belief that you can achieve it will be the key to making your dreams a reality. Now, go get ’em, superstar!
Connect the Dots
Have you ever set out to do something but then got tired of trying or just gave up? Me too. I’ve been there. Trust me, it is not the way you want to live your life. We were meant to win and the best part? WE CAN WIN. Everybody. No exceptions!!
This week, think of one area in your life where you’ve wanted something but haven’t succeeded yet. What has been holding you back? Have you lacked commitment or just didn’t get started?
Once you identify what is holding you back, create one action step to get you back on track. A small win is still a win! Get focused on what you want to achieve and make that mindset shift.
Take it one step at a time, never give up and stay motivated by those small wins.
I’d love to hear in the comments about your journey with this exercise so please comment below if you have anything to share!