Move Forward & Make Lasting Change In Your Life By Setting Goals

As the new year starts, you may be thinking about changes you want to make.  It takes time and effort to grow and change. We all know this, but sometimes we forget to take the steps to actually make change happen. Here are some tips to help you make that lasting change we all crave in our lives. 

calendarFirst of all, put your goals on the calendar. A lot of times we get going with whatever we’re doing and we think in terms of big plans, but we don’t ever really plan for getting anything done. So as you’re doing this, start putting things on the calendar with a due date and steps along the way to achieve those steps. These little steps help us achieve a bigger goal. 

Overcoming fear is a big obstacle to achieving your goals. You may be saying, “I’m not really sure if this is what I want to do. I’m a little afraid. What if it doesn’t work out?” However, think of it this way. 

What’s the worst that could happen to you? 

If you go and ask someone as far as making your plans, the worst they could do is say no. Nothing bad is really going to happen as you go through these plans and you start to set your goals. 

I would really encourage you to create mass accountability. So let’s say you write down three things you want to do in the first quarter of the year. Tell someone else. Put it on your blog. If you put something on a blog or your Facebook or other social network site, then you have mass accountability, because you are making those three goals public. 

Another motivator is to give yourself a carrot when you achieve a goal. Meaning, reward yourself so that if you do achieve a goal, you see a tangible benefit. That doesn’t mean you have to reward yourself for everything. 

Let’s say you set a business goal and you succeed in it. That goal doesn’t always have to be about money. Maybe that goal is writing one blog post every other day from now until the end of March. If you do that, then give yourself a carrot. Give yourself a reward that you would appreciate. Maybe a meal out at your favorite restaurant or splurge on your favorite bottle of wine to share with a friend or loved one. 

These are some great steps you can take to setting and achieving your goals rather than just having nebulous goals that you never actually reach. Try setting goals for yourself today. Make sure you put them and the steps to achieving them on your calendar so you have some realistic milestones to reaching those goals.

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