Staying On Track With Your Goals

How do you stay on track with your goals?  Do you plan it out or are you the type to decide that this coming Monday you are going to change everything, to become a whole new person by changing your life habits all in one fail swop and finally pull off that weight you’ve been trying for years to pull off, to only make it to Wednesday at lunch where your temptation gets the best of you? (Clearly I am speaking from experience.)  Below I am going to map out for you the way to stick to your goals and achieve anything!

  1. Decide what you want, i.e. to lose 15 pounds or make more money or some other goal. Decide that whatever life you are living right now isn’t good enough and you can and will do better because you deserve better than this!
  2. Write it down and post it some where you will always see it, your car dash board, your computer, on your wall, anywhere that is good for you.
  3. Write out a plan and post that too.  If you want to lose 15 lbs list the things you have to do to get there.  If you want the higher paying job list the things you have to do to get hired.  For instance, you can’t get from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City without a plan and a map so don’t think you can do the same thing when trying to obtain a goal.
  4. Stop making excuses!  Saying that your kids need the junk food snacks, your husband or wife isn’t on board, someone else just got the job you wanted, you don’t have the experience, you don’t have the time… I could go on and on with the list of excuses.  Just stop making them, realize when you are starting to give into the excuses then change your mind set and stay on course.  I’m not saying this is easy, but realize when you are doing it and the learn how to adjust so that you can stick to your plan.
  5. Expect set backs.  This isn’t going to be a road without detours and road blocks so when they do happen don’t be surprised and to only let it completely derail you.  You may circle around to the beginning a few times before you start to make some headway and gain some ground.  It’s all part of the process, so anticipating it will make you much more likely to have more success than to just give up.
  6. It’s going to be hard, you’re going to have plenty of opportunity to NOT stay on track, but it’s going to be VERY rewarding.  So just buckle down stick to your commitment and make it happen for yourself.

Change and sticking to your goals isn’t rocket science but it is hard work.  The more you expect it to not be easy the better you will do and be able to push through the temptation and the distractions and give the consistent effort needed to reach any goal.

IMG_7853  I have a whole goal board posted on my office wall.  It helps keep me on track when I feel like I am failing or not sure what I am doing or where I am going.  Even with my smaller goals I always have them posted.  I have some friends that use a vision board or some that just write them down and keep them on their desk.  Find what works for you and make it happen.  You deserve only the best, and if posting it all over your wall is the way you have to make that happen then so be it!