Achieving goals can be problematic and unreachable to many people. The process easily become dreadful and we simply lose our motivation. However, one thing to keep in mind when working towards a goal is that consistency is key.
Well, actually there’s another thing: motivation will not always be there to keep you on track. That’s why it’s important to keep reminding yourself about your goals and why you decided to achieve them. But more on that later.
Below, I listed points that are essential in helping you to get closer and eventually achieving your goals. Start with:
- Making a plan – sounds simple, yet so many people overlook this step. By writing down a timeline, exact start date, planned end date, and also a list of steps and actions you need to take, you no longer think of your goal in terms of wishing and dreaming but begin to map out a plan that will help you take the first step to make it happen.
- Create milestones – it’s so easy to forget that even the smallest achievements on your path to achieving your goal are important. Celebrate them. Without them, you wouldn’t be where you are. Acknowledge your progress. This way you won’t lose your steam so easily.
- Make time for your goals – you will never achieve your goals if you don’t block out time every day to work on them. Look at your day and find the time where you know you will be able to focus on your goals, i.e. between 6 am and 8 am choose to do the necessary work that will get you closer to achieving them. If you are trying to lose weight, spend this time working out and preparing healthy meals for the day. Promise to yourself that you won’t use these hours for anything else but to work on your goals.
- Only worry about the present moment – it’s so easy for our mind to slip into thinking about what we are going to do tomorrow, next week or next month to get closer to our goal. Catch yourself every time you do that. Thinking about the future can get overwhelming and create unnecessary anxiety, which may decrease your motivation or even completely knock your confidence in your abilities and eventually make you more likely to quit. Avoid that and instead think how can you be consistent today? How are you going to show up today?
- Stop negotiating with yourself – as people we have an instinctive tendency to avoid pain which results in procrastination. You are only slowing down your progress by negotiating with yourself whether to complete the daily plan you set for yourself. Stick to your schedule. Remind yourself that you have committed to this goal and made a plan. Don’t let your inner-negotiator detract you from your chosen path.
- Revisit your goals regularly – it’s important to remind yourself about your goals and why you set them. Journal about them, write them down on sticky notes and put them in places like your fridge door, kitchen wall or bathroom mirror to keep them visible. Setting reminders will keep you motivated. Also, don’t forget to think about why you chose to pursue this goal in the first place. Ask yourself about the motivations behind striving for this goal – is it to be healthier, feel happier or feel more accomplished? Digging into your emotions regularly is a big part of keeping consistent with your goals. If you consistently feel that your goals are worthy and important, you will be more driven to work on them. It also helps to imagine what it will feel like when you finally accomplish your goals. Think and journal about it with as many details as possible. Get detailed descriptions to really motivate yourself.
- Forgive your failures and keep going - making mistakes, failing and meeting obstacles on a path of achieving your goal is probable and totally normal. Everyone experiences this. It’s nothing to be ashamed or fearful about. It’s a part of your journey and it will help you grow and learn from your experience so you can become better next time. If you miss a day or two of your routine, give yourself a break. Beating yourself up can only demoralise you and cause you to stop going for your goal altogether. Every time you trip on your way to achieving your goal, ask yourself what was the cause of your inconsistency and how can you make sure it doesn’t happen again? After some reflection, keep going. Pick yourself up and continue your work. Dwelling on your past mistakes won’t help you. It’s much better to mess up a hundred times but keep showing up instead of failing once and giving up completely. If you keep that in mind, you will get closer to your goal much sooner.
- Do it anyway – goals are desirable to us because it’s not easy to achieve them. If they were easy, we wouldn’t care as much about them. Motivation will not always be there to keep you on track, so sometimes putting your head down and doing the work despite not feeling great is the best thing you can do. Don’t simply give up when things get difficult. Just do it anyway.
Mastering consistency is about mastering ourselves. If you feel like you could do it with some assistance, I can help you to take charge of your life and develop habits and routines that will lead you to success. Reach out to me here to find out more about how you can work with me.