Six months ago you started 2015 on a high. Determined, motivated and inspired to make this year your best ever.
Now it’s June and you’re wondering where the hell the year is headed. How did this happen?
That Yoga class is still unattended and all the material for the biz course you signed up to, is sitting in a pretty folder under a pile of junk on your dining room table.
If you’re goals and aspirations for the year have seen better days, don’t get down-hearted. It’s never too late to take an audit of where you’re at, what’s been achieved (or hasn’t been achieved) and start fresh.
Here are six tips to help you review and reconnect with your goals to make them achievable – or scrap them once and for all:
1. Review Your Goal
Is your original goal still a priority for you now? If it’s something that ‘yes’ you would sincerely like to achieve but you just haven’t had a chance to start yet, perhaps the goal you have in mind is too large and causing you resistance. How could you turn the goal around to make it more meaningful and motivating?
For example, instead of putting pressure on yourself to, ‘drop a dress size before summer‘, could you amend it to something more positive and less daunting such as, ‘Be the healthiest I ever have been‘?
Your focus then switches to being healthy, not losing weight and it’s more empowering to nourish your body than torture it.
2. Break It Down
Now the end goal is in sight again, how can you make this achievable? A large lifestyle goal (such as the one above) can be achieved if you put in place smaller practical steps to help you get there. If there are six months remaining in the year, what is one thing you can do each month to make the big dream reality?
Once you break down your main goal in to smaller pieces, it won’t appear as daunting and you are more likely to take steps towards attaining it.
3. Involve Others
Does your partner have their own health and fitness goals in mind that could work in unison with yours? Usually when you involve someone else in helping you achieve your goals, two accountable heads are harder to defeat than one. Besides, your partner/family/friends may be more inclined to support you on your journey if they are not only aware of your goal, but have a vested interest in helping you achieve it too.
Agreeing on a shared reward could make the experience that much more enjoyable and fun too.
4. Be Flexible
No matter how motivated you are, life has a funny way of happening while you’re making other plans. If in a few months time you’re not as far along towards achieving your goal as you’d hoped, simply reset your timeline. Who said you had to achieve everything by 31 December 2015?
Be flexible and give yourself a break. The harder you are on yourself when you don’t achieve a milestone, the easier it is to leap off the bandwagon and give up completely. Review, refocus and keep going.
5. Celebrate The Small Stuff
Achieving smaller attainable tasks each month (Tip #2) is an opportunity to implement smaller incentives to celebrate your wins along the way. You’re allowed to pat yourself on the back and reward yourself for doing an incredible job – so do it and stay motivated to claim the major prize!
6. Believe In Yourself
If you believe it, you will see it.
Believing in yourself enough to achieve your goal is usually half the battle. Our mind can get in the way and tell us that we ‘can’t’ do something or we simply ‘don’t have what it takes.’
These mind games won’t get you anywhere, so create a motivation board on Pinterest with your favourite pics or stick an inspiring image somewhere you can see it ever day as a reminder of why this goal is important to you and how it will make you feel once it’s achieved.
You are already everything you ‘want’ to be, it’s just making the necessary adjustments to your life and overcoming internal fears, to help bring it out of you for the rest of us to see.
It’s never too late to set new goals either. Read this article on 5 Steps To Achieve Your Dreams to help you get started.
What is your goal for 2015 and are you still on track to achieve it, or have you already nailed it? Let me know in the comments below.
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