Making and following through with goals
I know for most people creating a goal is easy. We all have dreams and aspirations. Things we want to accomplish, see and experience. We want to have the body we have always wanted or be the fittest we have ever been. We can create these goals all freakin day. That is the fun and easy part. I mean I have 2 different vision boards in my room with all of the goals I want to accomplish.
The part we all have trouble with is following through with those goals. The long term. The not looking back and realizing we never got to the point we wanted to be at. I wanted to give you my top 5 tips to following through with a goal and completely making it happen.
- Write it down. I am going to say it again, WRITE IT DOWN!! Whenever I write something down it brings it into a reality. I see it on that piece of paper and I make up in my head that there is no way I want to look at that piece of paper again without accomplishing that goal. This gives yourself accountability. This says its out there and I can see it all the time. It also allows you to really think about this goal and make sure it is what you want. You may write it down and realize that it is not truly what you want.
- Set a deadline. If you set a deadline you will have it in the front of your mind. If there is a date for something coming up, I work ten times harder to make that thing happen. And this isn’t like when you are in school and you wait to the last second to do the project. This is I have 10 weeks until my big race. I have to run every week leading up to that race. This is going to give you motivation and commitment to make that goal happen.
- Tell people about your goal. If this is a fitness goal you will be so surprised by the amount of people who want to support you. Then you also have the pressure of others believing in you to make that goal happen. We are more inclined to do something if we believe we are going to let the ones we care about down. I know it sounds bad but it is true. We already know we can let ourselves down and move on. That is part of the reason you cannot complete a goal in the first place. The people you tell will give you the push to keep working towards what you what.
- Let’s be realistic people. Do not set yourself up for unrealistic expectations. If you have never ran a mile before do not expect to run a half marathon in 4 weeks. You are going to let yourself down because you were not realistic. Know what you what to achieve and make it happen with small steps. When we have unrealistic expectations we are setting ourselves up for failure. When I decided I was going to run my first half marathon, I started out with only running 1 mile and added onto that mile over a 10 week period to get where I wanted to be. Allow yourself to be successful.
- Your why! This is the most important one out of all of five. If you do not know your why. If you do not have a burning passion inside of why you want this goal to happen. You will not accomplish it. We try to use external factors to accomplish our goals but without that internal monologue, without that passion and determination to do something, it will not happen. Your why is what is going to get you through those hard days. Your why is going to get you up at 5 in the morning to go do that workout you don’t want to do. The why is the fuel that pumps through your veins and gets that goal accomplish. You have to know this.
Use these tips and let’s make these goals happen!