How do I stay on track with my goals? This is one of the top questions I hear. With the everyday responsibilities of family, work, and just life in general, adding in working on goals can be a challenge. You know you want to make regular progress on your goal but you’re struggling to be consistent.

I am sharing my four best tips to help you stay on track and keep making progress on your big dream goal.

1. Write it Down

Don’t leave your goals swirling around inside your brain. That isn’t going to do you any good. Studies show that writing down your goal helps cement them, makes them more real. I challenge you to take it a step further. Describe your goal in detail. Write down what success looks like, feels like, even smells like. The more descriptive you get, the more invested you will become in making everything you wrote down a reality. Plus the more specific you are, the easier it will be for you to know exactly what you’re creating and what action you need to take.

2. Quality over Quantity

As you’re writing, you may have more than one goal that comes to mind. My imagination often carries me away and I have so many ideas I don’t know which one to focus on, so I end up not focusing on anything {I see you nodding your head thinking, me too!}. Then my goals don’t ever become goals, they are stuck as just dreams.

I don’t want that for you! So, focus on just one goal. And focus just on the next few weeks. By narrowing your focus to only one goal at a time, you’ll prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed. Plus it speaks to the whole quality over quantity mindset. Focus on one goal, and do that thing really well. Then next month, keep going or switch it up to something else.

I vary some of my goals from month to month so I can take advantage of the seasons. In February my goal may be to read more often (cozy time by the fire). Whereas in May my goal may be to run 10 miles a week (when it’s warm and dry outside).

3. Tell Other People

No one accomplishes big things on their own. Now that you know the one goal you are focused on, share it with other people so they can support you.

They may simply offer words of encouragement which will definitely help keep you motivated. You may find a goal setting partner and together you work on a common goal. This is great for fitness related goals. It’s much easier to get up and get to the gym or get on a virtual workout if you promised a friend you would meet them there.

The other benefit of telling people is they may have resources that can help you. When my goal was to find a new job, I told everyone I knew. The job I ended up getting was sent to be by an acquaintance I ran with from time to time. You never know who may have insight or connections to help you achieve your goal! Don’t keep it a secret. Put it out there into the world!

4. Have a Plan

When you set out for a road trip, you usually start by plugging the destination into your navigation system. Then, you follow the step-by-step instructions. Achieving your goals should be much the same way.

Unfortunately, there is no Google Maps for goals. You’re going to have to do the work yourself.

Take a look at your overall goal and break it down into the individual action items within that goal. And for each action item, create individual tasks. The tasks are what end up on your to do list. {If this sounds like a system that works for you, but you need some support to break it down, check out my signature program, Ready, Set, Goal!}

If part of your goal requires doing research on the topic, that’s your action item. Your task may be to set aside 30 minutes twice a week to research on the internet. Or, if you have a couple websites specifically that you want to look at, spending time on each website becomes its own task. By breaking down your big idea into these smaller tasks, you’re creating a step-by-step plan that is easy to follow.

Put it into action!

Now that you have my best tips, here’s your action plan to put them into practice. You can do this right now!

1. Pick one goal to focus on for the rest of the month.

2. Grab a piece of paper and write it down.

3. Hang that paper somewhere you can see it every day.

4. Tell someone else about your goal.

5. Write down five small action steps you will take to make progress.

6. Complete your first task and start building your momentum!

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Goal setting is always a popular topic at the beginning of a new year. Wrapped up in the excitement of a natural fresh start, a new page, we’re eager to set resolutions and commit to changing something in our lives. Now, I don’t like resolutions, but that’s a story for another day. What I do love are goals. And I believe all goals fall into one of four types. The difference is, what is your main objective? Why are you setting this goal?

Your answer will fall into one of these categories; learn, change, experience or challenge.

Learn Goals

A goal focused on learning is all about adding to your toolkit. Curious people set learning goals. You want to know more about a topic. For many of us who consider ourselves lifelong learners, this type of goal is one we are always setting. Learning is getting answers to your questions. It’s digging deeper into a topic that interests you. It’s an opportunity to expand your skill set. Maybe you want to master grandma’s meatball recipe. Or after watching The Queen’s Gambit you want to learn to play chess.

The great thing about learn goals is that there are so many different ways to accomplish them! The places you can learn from are plentiful. In the age of the internet and social media, when we go to the right sources, we can learn a lot online. Here are a list of some of my favorite resources for learning:

  • Watch a YouTube video

  • Complete an online course

  • Read a book

  • Watch a documentary or TV series

  • Follow an expert on social media

  • Take a virtual lesson or a class

Change Goals

Is there something in your life that doesn’t make you happy or isn’t brining you joy anymore? What you want to set is a change goal! These goals are about improving something in your life. It is when you commit to making different choices. You may want to add a new habit into your routine, like drinking more water every day. I am often setting a change goal to eat fewer sweets. {One day I’m going to acknowledge this is a losing battle, but for now I’ll keep working on it.}

One of the best ways to tackle your change goal is by establishing new habits. This breaks down what might be a big, overwhelming goal, into one daily behavior. If you commit to one small behavior each day, eventually you will create a habit. And consistent habits become everyday behaviors. I recommend listening to Elizabeth McCravy’s podcast on this topic, A Bulletproof Strategy for Achieving Your Goals with the Power of Habits.

Experience Goals

Without fail, I set an experience goal every year. I love to travel and will find any excuse to go somewhere new. That’s what experience goals are all about, getting out there and seeing the world. It doesn’t always mean you have to get on a plane and go half way across the world (although I wouldn’t say no to that). An experience goal can be about visiting local places. It could tie into another interest of yours.

I had friends that loved baseball and they had the goal of visiting every major league baseball park in the US. An experience goal could also be about trying something new. I think of those crazy people who say they want to go sky diving. {No thanks! Who would jump out of a perfectly good airplane?!} They may be crazy, but sky diving is definitely an experience goal.

I have an ongoing “places to visit” list that feeds my experience goal. It is divided into three categories; local, domestic, and international. I am always adding to it when I hear about another interesting place. The list is a mix of countries, specific cities, and actual places like restaurants and museums. When I finally visit, I mark the date on my list. Start your own list today and see where you can go this year!

Challenge Goals

The fourth goal type are challenge goals. This is all about pushing yourself to new limits and abilities. Look at the pastimes you already have. How can you take them to the next level?

As a runner, my first challenge goal was to run a 5K. A couple years later it was to complete a 10K. And eventually I set the goal of running a marathon. That was one I never thought I would do! But, as I had been gradually increasing the distance of my running goals, it finally didn’t feel so crazy.

Challenge goals can often be the hardest. It means committing to doing something you have never done before. While all goals take hard work and commitment, challenge goals take the most.

My best advice for achieving your challenge goal is to find a partner who will join you. They don’t need to have the same goal, but if they are willing to come along for some of the journey, you’re far more likely to be successful. When I was training for my marathon, I had several friends join me for runs. Often, I’d go out for a few miles, meet up with friends for a few more, then finish the final stretch on my own. This made those long, arduous runs, much more enjoyable!

Many times, our goal is actually a melding of more than one type. Or we set a big dream goal, and when we break it down, it means setting multiple smaller goals, or what I call steps. Each of those end up being a different type of goal.

Let me give you an example. I have a big dream goal of living in France for 3 months. That is an experience goal. One of the steps to making this goal happen is to learn to speak and read French, which is a learn goal.

So, which are you setting this month? This year? Leave a comment below and let me know what type of goal setter you are!

Skim to the bottom? Here are the cliff notes:

  • Learn Goal: adding information and knowledge to your toolkit.

  • Accomplishment tip: look to the internet for numerous ways to learn.

  • Change Goal: establishing different practices than what you do today.

  • Accomplishment tip: add in a daily habit that will grow into a regular behavior.

  • Experience Goal: getting out and visiting places locally or far way.

  • Accomplishment tip: have a running list of local, domestic, and international places.

  • Challenge Goal: pushing yourself to achieve or try something at a new level.

  • Accomplishment tip: find a partner to join you on the journey.


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A new year is right around the corner, hallelujah! And that means I have been working on setting my goals for 2021. I often have way too many ideas for goals than I can reasonably manage. So, before I finalize what my goals will be, I answer these three questions.

1. What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?

Answering this question creates a sense of urgency. It reminds me to focus on the goal that will impact my life right now. If I choose a goal that is about something in the far-off future, I’m more apt to put off actually starting on the goal.

As I look through all my ideas, I will cross off the goals that don’t fit. I’m not saying no to them, that’s important to remember. I am just saying not right now. These ideas will still be in my notebook and I can come back to them when the time is right.

If you do have a big idea for the far-off future, your current goal may be a smaller piece of the puzzle. It is the sub goal that is more immediate.

For example, your big dream goal is to retire by the time you are 50. You’re currently 40 so you have ten years to go. You know you need to increase your 401K by $100,000 in order to retire. What is most important right now is saving more. So, your goal is to set aside an additional $500.00 every month.

How are you going to do that? Don’t worry about it yet! One of the most important rules about coming up with your big dream goals is to not worry about the how. The how can limit us, stop us. We will figure out the how, but not yet.

What you are going to do, is answer my second question.

2. What goal makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning?

I am an early riser. I will gladly get up at 5am (with a big cup of coffee) and go work on my business. I am excited about building this business. It is my big dream goal coming to reality. So an early alarm won’t stop me.

Your goal must excite you! And if you’re not a morning person, reframe it to, what goal makes me want to stay up late?

Taking action on your big dream goal is hard work. You have to be committed to that action if you want to see it become reality. So you have to be excited about it!

The most important word in this question is ‘me.’ This is your goal. Not your spouse’s goal. Not that goal Instagram is telling you to chase. This is not your kid’s goal. This is your big dream goal. Be true to yourself and set one that lights you up.

The last question you need to answer is the most important. Many of us fall into the trap of setting goals, writing them down, then tucking the pieces of paper away on our desk where it gets lost, never to be seen again. The goal stays just a dream. I don’t want that for you!

I want your dream to become reality.

So question number 3,

3. What am I going to do tomorrow to take the first step towards my big dream goal?

What is the one item you are going to put on your to do list for tomorrow to turn this dream into reality? It will get you one step closer. Moving forward on your big dream goal is really all about small action steps that add up to big changes. So start with just that one step.

Your goal is to lose weight. Tomorrow’s first action step is to research workout from home options.

Your goal is to master grandma’s meatball recipe. Your action step tomorrow is to find that recipe!

Your goal is just to make it to the end of 2020 without totally losing it. The only item on the to do list for tomorrow is take a shower.

Whatever your goals are, they must be important for you today. Your goal must excite and energize you. And you need to know the first step you’re going to take to turn that goal into a reality.

While these three questions are what I consider the most important, they aren’t the only ones I answer. Goal setting for me starts with journaling. And I have put together some of my favorite questions to help you discover what your goals are for today, tomorrow, and into 2021. Download a copy of my 20 Journal Prompts to Identify Your Big Dream Goals.

I want to hear what goals you set. Leave a comment below when you have set your big dream goal so we can cheer each other on!

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