Taking action | 5 steps to reaching your 2018 goals

We all have great intentions running up to new year with a whole list of New Years resolutions in our heads. We have big plans with aims to achieve amazing things every new year. The 1st of January comes around and we’re so motivated to get our New Years resolutions off the ground and into action. However, we have no plan and no idea how to reach our goal. So inevitably, the early burst of motivation sizzles out and we leave it behind, much like previous New Years resolutions that we also gave up on.

Right? WRONG!

It’s time to take action, I’ve put together a 5 step plan to making your 2018 goals a success. Big or small, these tips will help you on your way to making 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!

“A goal should scare you a little and excite you A LOT” Joe Vitale.

Step 1 – Make a commitment.

Make a commitment to yourself by writing your goals and resolutions down onto paper. Putting them on paper suddenly makes them become REAL. It’s no longer a goal floating around in your head, it’s real, written down in physical form. Physically writing your goals down will tell yourself that you are commitment and tell your self-conscious mind that you mean business!!

So now you’re thinking.. ‘I write them down every year but I’m still not down a dress size, in my freshly decorated house, packing for the holiday I booked last year with the money I planned to save all year…’

Step 1 is not over.

Now that you have it written down it’s time to answer WHY you want to achieve these goals..?

Under each goal, write 3 reason why you want to achieve them. This will help keep your motivation from sizzling out and push you to keep reaching for your goals.

This next part is crucial. Put your list of goals and reasons why in a place where you will see it EVERYDAY. Bold and clear! This will be a helpful reminder on a daily basis to put yourself back into development mode and kickstart each morning in the right direction. Keep your eye on the prize and put your goals up by your mirror, your phone cover screen, your desk, diary, car, bedroom door, fridge door etc. You could even put them in multiple places! Wherever you’re most likely to see them.

I advise if you have them on your phone cover screen, to also have them written out and pinned up somewhere else in physical form too.

Step 2 – Break it down.

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m doing to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been build’. You don’t start there. You say ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid’. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” Will Smith.

Now that you have your goals written down and you’ve made that commitment, it’s time to break them down into simple and achievable chunks. Don’t let the end goal overwhelm you, this is reason a lot of people give up because the end result seems too far away.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway” Earl Nightingale.

It’s time to set a deadline. Be realistic but still push yourself, when do you want to achieve this goal by? Write it down. Now we have a timeframe, you’re another step closer!

Whatever timeframe you have, section your goal into smaller, achievable actions. Split it into monthly, weekly, even daily goals and set tasks which will lead you to each mini success. Schedule your tasks and make time to achieve them. This will suppress the overwelminjg feeling and make it look so much more achievable. Plus it’s a lot more fun when you can celebrate the little successes along the way.

This is important, don’t forget to reward yourself and feel proud of every goal you achiever. Big or small, they are leading you to your end goal and you are making progress. That is worth celebrating!

Step 3 – We all have setbacks.

“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat” Author Unknown.

This isn’t so much a step, but more a point to keep in mind. We’re all human, we all lose our way from time to time and the plans we make aren’t always going to unfold how we once thought. Its not about how hard we fall down but about how hard we pull ourselves back up. Don’t like a setback pull you off track completely, be willing to forgive yourself and get back to it straight away. Don’t beat yourself up if you slack a day or you don’t reach your mini goal that week.

Go back to your goal board and read your 3 reasons why you want to and why you WILL achieve that goal. Re-evaluate the breakdown of your goal and simply pick up where you left off. New year resolutions don’t have to start on the 1st January or ‘on Monday’, they also don’t end when you hit a rough patch.

Do it now, decide what it is you want to achieve and start now. Start putting these actions in place and prove everybody wrong. Definitely don’t put it off for another year.

Step 4 – Habits are easy to keep consistent.

“People do not decide their futures; they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures” F. M. Alexander

Remembering and pushing yourself to work towards that goal everyday can be tiring. It can be tough and it can make you believe that you won’t succeed.

Listen up! If it takes 30 days to break a habit, then it can take 30 days to make a habit. Habits are easy aren’t they? Why not teach yourself a good one, a habit that works in your favour..

Be consistent with taking steps towards your goal until you no longer have to remind yourself. Start today and mark it off on your calendar every day you take a step closer to your goal, keep check for 30 days. Keep this up and soon you will be taking those steps without even realising it.

Step 5 – Stay positive.

Staying positive.. one of the most important stages of success that the majority of us just overlook and dismiss.

The most successful people are the ones who perceive their reality in a way that they wish it to be. How we see ourselves and the world is determined by what we believe.

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become” Oprah Winfrey

Trust the process, trust your plan. You’ve broken your goals down into achievable steps and you’ve started to put that plan into action. Let me tell you, if that plan is achievable on paper, it’s achievable in real life. You can achieve that goal so go with it, believe you can do it and trust yourself.

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you can really believe 100%” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Envision how you will feel, what you will see, hear and experience after you have achieved your goal. Get a clear picture in your mind and envision every little detail. Do this everyday, your thoughts are powerful so don’t underestimate them.

Now you have a 5 step plan, it’s time to get stuck into 2018 and start hitting those goals. One step at a time, we can make this year great!

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I hope you found this useful and are ready to kickstart 2018!

Happy New Year 💕

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