You can have the greatest of intentions in your personal and career life and still fail. Having great ideas and potential doesn’t guarantee success. In order to achieve your goals, you need to take action. Follow through is the key to reaching your potential. With our busy lives it can seem impossible to get everything done, but you can make it happen!
Make a Plan
Planning out your goals is going to help you meet them by providing you with a roadmap. This roadmap should be flexible, so that you can change as your needs and wants evolve. To avoid overwhelm take it one step at a time.
Once you have a map of where you want to go, identify a small step each day that will help you get to the next step. If you want to start your own business, start by brainstorming a few ideas. If you want a new job, revise your last resume. After you do a small step, move onto the next small step. To keep your progress going, commit to doing at least one micro step every single day.
Don’t Allow Excuses
Excuses are the reason so many people let life happen to them versus making it happen. There will always be an excuse. You are too tired, you had a bad day at work, your kid is sick. Instead of using these as reasons not to move closer to your goals find ways around them.
If you are tired, use that as motivation to organize your day to ensure you get more sleep. Had a bad day? What more motivation do you need to start the job search? Kids are sick? They can take a nap next to you on the couch while you work on your laptop.
Put Your Phone Away
Electronic devices are a surefire way to distract you from following through. If you have planned to work on a task to move closer to your goal, focus on that first. Once you have finished what you wanted to get done, then you can check instagram or play a game.
I have actually sat on the couch for hours scrolling and getting nothing I had planned done. Unfortunately more than once! Lately I have been putting my phone on the charger in my room to avoid getting distracted by it if I have something I want to get done. This way I don’t even get tempted to look at funny memes until my work is done.
Remember Your Goals
When you feel the urge to make an excuse to not get something done on your roadmap, remember why you are doing it. Reviewing your priorities is a great way to re-focus and revamp your motivation. Sure, skipping job applications to binge watch something on Netflix is more fun in the moment, but where is that going to get you?
You will feel much better if you check something off your task list and then binge watch! I’m not saying you shouldn’t take time out to do fun things, but remember that you need to also be making progress.
Review Your Progress
To help you see that your little steps are helping, take time to review your progress. If you feel like you are on track, this is a great way to reinforce what you are doing. On the other hand, if your progress feels to slow, this can help you see that. Maybe you aren’t sticking to your plan? Make some adjustments to ensure that you do.
Sometimes this can help you see that you need to change your plans. Think of some ways you can speed up the process. Maybe instead of one small task a day, you increase that to two? Then you can see how that goes and adjust as necessary. Seeing progress towards your goal will go a long way to keep you motivated!
The most invested person in reaching your goals is yourself. Hold yourself accountable for progress and lack thereof. Limit excuses to yourself and you will start to see progress that you have been unable to attain in the past!