It’s the end of February, and we are officially eight weeks into 2017. Unfortunately, this is around the time that we start falling off of our goals for the year. Can you feel it? Can you feel your enthusiasm waning? Let me be transparent. My big goal for the year is to blog more consistently and grow my blog so that it can become another revenue stream. This means I have to write more consistently, attract people who care about what I write, and, in the process, hope that I don’t lose too many people who are already subscribed to my listserv. So far, it’s not going so well. I have not written as much as I’d like to, though I have definitely written more consistently. And when I send out an email featuring my blog posts, a few people do unsubscribe. It can be discouraging.
- Evaluate your goal. Take a step back and think about your goal. Is it achievable? Yes? Great. Can it realistically be accomplished by the deadline you set? Sometimes, our goals are TOO ambitious for the time given. You want to lose weight, but you want to lose all 30lbs in 6 weeks. I can already hear you asking, “What? That’s only 5lbs a week, right?” Sigh…
The problem with unrealistic deadlines is that it sets you up for failure. Or, it puts undue pressure on you to hit a super high goal every day/week over a long period of time. Some people like setting the bar extremely high, and if that’s you, truly weigh out everything that you will need to sacrifice to get there. If you are willing to pay that cost, move forward. If not, re-examine your goal and decide a timeline that may be more comfortable for you.
- Make small, consistent efforts. No two days are the same. And you can never predict or control what will happen tomorrow. But even in all of life’s inconsistencies, can you commit to doing ONE thing per day that will move you a little bit closer to your target? This way, you are always moving forward, always progressing. And you will be forming the habit of consistency, which is normally the make or break component for success.
- Remember your “why.” Why is your goal even important to you? Why do you want it? During the course of working toward your vision, there will be times you feel like quitting. You need to develop a strong why to quickly remind yourself what your goals mean to you and how your life will be impacted by achieving them. You have to train yourself so well that whenever you think about wanting to stop, your “why” will immediately tell you to hush and keep going, because quitting is not an option.