3 Things You Need To Avoid Falling Off Track With Your Goals

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Have you ever set a goal that you didn’t accomplish?

According to a research study at Scranton University in 2016, it was discovered, a “staggering 92% of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. 

Say What?!?!?

That’s crazy, right? I know my mind was blown when I read that. It got me wondering how on earth the 8% of people who do accomplish their resolutions do it. I began to self-evaluate myself as well and think about how great or how not so great of a job I do at achieving my own goals. Am I setting goals because it’s the “thing to do” but I’m not actually accomplishing them because I’m not setting them the “right way”? 

I began to determine what I did differently when it came to the goals I set and accomplished versus the goals I set that drifted away like a leaf in a breeze. 

If you want to learn what I discovered and how to make sure you always achieve your goals keep reading, my dear. 

Before we begin, I’d love to know, have you written down your goals for this year? Do you have a piece of paper or something tangible that has your goal on something you can touch and see? If you answered no, you’re not alone. You have fallen into the group of the over 90% of people who I mentioned before that do not write their goals down. 

This brings me to the first thing you need to do.

1. Write Your Goals Down On Paper.    

If you want to live an intentional life, where you habitually accomplish your goals, get into actually writing them down, love.

Here are 3 benefits of writing your goals down.

a. Helps you remember them

In the heat of the new year moment, have you ever found yourself verbally sharing your goals for the year, along with other new year resolution declarers (a word that sounds funny but is actually real)? If you answered yes, but by the time March of that year rolls around you’ve forgotten all about those goals, you’re not alone. Sometimes, I forget what I had for lunch the day before. So, writing them down and keeping them someplace you can frequently re-visit will keep them fresh in your mind. 

 

b. Enforces your commitment to them

When you take the time to clarify what you want and declare your goals by writing it down, you can compare it to creating a beautiful binding contract between you and your goals. Granted you can, of course, make adjustments, but you’ll at least start with an overall goal list that you can work from during the length that it takes to achieve the goal. 

 

c. Keeps you motivated and focused on your goals.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being an entrepreneur, it’s that excuses get you left behind.  If you’re like me, and you don’t try to prevent distractions, you tend to get lost in the vortex that is life. Life happens, stuff happens, and if we’re not careful, we can lose our footing, our focus, and end our years in the same place we start them. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So, when you take 10 minutes to write down your goals for the year, you declare the path that you want to set out on moving forward. This will keep you excited and focused on making these goals your accomplishments. How great is that?

 

The thing is, if you want to move forward in life, accomplish goals, become your best self, and live your best life, you have to put in the work. Sometimes the work means you visualize what you want and write them down, and other times it means making an investment in yourself. No matter what the move is, you’re required to take ACTION. Action is included in the plotting and planning process too, so don’t skimp on it. 

Whenever I tried to cut corners, or convince myself “oh I don’t need to write them down, I know what I want,” or “I know what steps to take to publish my book, I won’t lose track or forget a step, so I don’t need to write anything down,” or “Nah, I don’t need a business plan, I know what I’m offering and to who I’m offering it.” 

I sounded like I knew a lot, right? Now, I didn’t know, I would soon find out the hard way, that by “cutting corners” I ended up in the corner wanting to have a temper tantrum because things weren’t going how I wanted them too in life. You’re probably not even surprised by this confession.

But it’s all good because I learned some lessons about how to avoid losing track of my goals. That’s why I’m here right now trying to save you from my mistakes.  

“When you know better and do better, a better reality is created for you.” 

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2) Make Your Goals Specific

Let me give you 3 examples of some common but poorly written goals:

  1. I want to lose weight
  2. I want to start a business
  3. I want to write a book

 

If these goals sound familiar, maybe because they’ve even been yours, this is not to throw shade. I wanted to showcase how easy it is to improperly set goals. But what good would this be if I also didn’t show you what properly set goals look like? Check below for the remixed and revamped versions.

 

  1. I want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months
  2. I want to open a business where I’m a stylist for millennial women working in corporate America.
  3. I want to self-publish a book of poetry about the trials and tribulations of adulthood by next spring.

These revisions give you a more detailed vision, right? Now there’s an image of distinct goals that you can work off of. When you’re goals are not specific, it’s easy to lose your focus and fall off the wagon. 

3) Have Patience

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Some goals can’t be accomplished in one week, one month, or even one year. But one of my favorite quotes by Earl Nightingale is “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” I absolutely love this quote because it reminds me that we shouldn’t avoid going after a goal just because it may take more time than we would like it too. It reminds me to not limit myself due to time but that I should instead pursue what I want and believe time will be on my side.

In fact, I believe there’s no right time to go after a dream but we can always make the time right. We can chase our dreams and be patient until we reap our reward. So, please don’t let time deter you from creating a life you love. You deserve to stay on track so you can live a life that lights you up. 

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