It's nearly March, and by now New Years Resolutions are sooo 2016. It's time for a NEW new start. I began this year with 5 clearly-defined, measurable goals - 2 personal and 3 professional. Some of them are getting more attention than the others, but here's the thing..I'm making PROGRESS in these 5 areas of my life.
And progress begets progress. Doing one small thing well makes you want to do a bigger thing well. And a bigger thing, and a bigger thing... So here are some observations about what's working for me and how we can succeed in our goal-getting:
1) Look at your goal from both a bird's eye view and a worm's eye view. Look at it from up above, consider your whys, your motivations, what success will look and feel like. Imagine the end, the culmination of your achievements in that area. But then go down deep, get granular, think about the little, baby steps of the process. Are your steps small enough that you can accomplish one of them in a month? a week? a day? Which leads me to:
2) Make progress on your goals EVERY DAY. Even if you aren't doing a hustle session, find some small way that you can move the ball forward in that area, each day. Jot down some ideas. Do a google search for something you need to learn about. Write a Facebook post. Every bit of progress counts. And it will make the next day's progress that much easier.
3) Write down what you plan to do as you chart out the small steps toward your goal. Mark them off as you finish them. It feels SO good to see a chain of red X's crossing out the things I set out to do, the things that I put down on paper, making a promise to myself that I would do them. And celebrate your wins when you make progress. Literally, write down all the ways you will reward yourself, and then do!
4) Avoid self-sabotage at all costs. Having a big goal is a good thing, very good! But if you don't break it down into smaller pieces, it can get overwhelming. Losing 20 pounds seems challenging, but losing 1 pound a week? We got this. Writing a book is daunting. but writing 5 pages a day? That's a manuscript in 40 days! Keep your goals big and your steps small - that is key. And if you trip over one of those steps, don't give up. It is TOTALLY OKAY to re-chart your course when you run into some rocks. It happens.
5) Use a digital or paper planner to organize your days, weeks, and months, and find more margin time to pursue your goals. A planner like this one has everything you need to plan your life, grow your business, and achieve your goals. Happy dreaming!