• Abby Myette

4 Tips to Help You Stay On Track With Your Goals

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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