Grab the Good: Reaching goals once and for all
I’ve been carrying around an extra 10 pounds my entire adult life. Do I want to lose this weight? Yes. Have I lost this weight? No. My excuses range from real to ridiculous, but the result is the same — 10 extra pounds remain.
It’s the same with most of our goals in life, we whine and complain about them — sometimes even putting them out for the world to see — but we struggle to take action. It’s time to end that nonsense. Whether we’re talking money, career advancement, exercise or working on our relationships, now is the right time. Follow my plan to start bringing your goals into reality:
Commit — aloud
If there’s something you want, let the world know. Don’t hesitate a minute longer to share your goal, aloud, with friends and family whose support you can count on. Don’t think certain people will be supportive? Don’t share. Finding confidants that can and will encourage you along the path to your goals is one key to success.
Write it down
There’s something so contractual about committing your intentions via the written word. Writing your goals down eliminates doubt about what you want and when you want to achieve it and makes goals seem more real. Include what success looks like (number of pounds lost, number of new clients earned) so that when success happens, you’ll recognize it easily.
Plan it out
Now that you know exactly what you want, the hard part begins. List small steps you need to take and mark them off as you go. Set reminders to keep yourself on track and constantly moving in the direction you need to travel. Your plan should include reading over your written goals each day, to keep yourself focused on where you plan to go.
Check in often
Once you have a plan and begin to take action, revisit your plan often. Does it need to change based on how things are going? If so, modify it and start anew. Have you reached a short-term goal? Finding ways to celebrate milestones along the way gives you the added boost of motivation you need to reach any goal.
Molly Logan Anderson is a writer, wife and mom of three who lives in the Chicago suburbs. Intent on finding good in every day through her website www.GrabTheGood.com, she hopes to help others do the same. Visit her there to receive her humorous and heartwarming take on life via your inbox. Good family, good advice, good causes and good humor - Molly is writing about it all.