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Soooooo, I wanna talk to you guys about goal setting. You see, I recently realized goal setting has played a BIG part in my success both in my blog, and in my personal self-development journey. Before I started setting attainable goals, I was unorganized, and unmotivated. Once I started setting attainable and realistic goals, I honestly started to see real results in my life.
So, how has goal setting enhanced my life? Well let me break it down for you!
Goal Setting Keeps You Motivated
I started feeling motivated to complete my goals when I started laying them out strategically, and making a very structured plan in achieving them. How many times have you said “I want to start eating healthier” or “I want to start saving more money”, or *insert other activity you constantly talk about doing, but never follow through on*. That was me too, there was so many things I would constantly talk about doing but never actually ended up accomplishing. And, sure, I was setting goals, but writing something down that you want to accomplish is not actually setting a goal. I know, I know, huge bummer, sorry to burst your bubble. BUT, once you learn how to set goals strategically and realistically, you will be so much better off, I promise! The moment I started setting solid goals, I started to feel SO much more motivated to actually accomplish them. I started making plans, and actionable strategies to complete my goals, and that way I had no excuses to not work toward them. It was all laid out for me, and I was motivated to complete each step to achieve my goal. I also created small goals that allowed me to work toward my larger, long-term goals. These small goals kept my motivation up to accomplish bigger life goals, like paying off debt, or starting a career. Don’t worry, if you’re not sure how to lay out strategic and SMART goals, I lay it all out in my Free Goal Setting Guide that you can download at the end of this post!
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Goal Setting Helps to Keep You Accountable
Once you set goals and break them down into actionable steps, you have a clear vision and plan to accomplish them. I find having that plan helps keep my on track, and it is a way of keeping me accountable. Another thing I like to do is tell at least one person about my goal(s), that way I am less likely to flake out. Once other people know I am working towards something, I feel more accountable in actually completing it. If they ask “hey, how is that *insert goal* coming along?” I want to be able to say great I crushed it! I don’t want to say “wellll……. I didn’t exactly follow through”. When you actually set SMART goals to work towards, and create a plan to achieve them, your accountability factor goes WAY up. When you just think to yourself “I am going to pay off my debt this year”, but you don’t actually create goals or a plan to help you accomplish that, you do not really have anything to hold you accountable.
Goal Setting Allows You See Your Potential
When you actually sit down and brainstorm what you want your life to look like in 3-5 years, you can set a few large goals that you would like to accomplish in that time frame. Once you set those larger goals and realistically create a plan to help you achieve them, it allows you to see what your life could look like if you worked hard and stayed focused. Really sitting down and breaking down your goals allows you to really zone in on what you want your life to look like, and in doing that and creating those actionable goals, you can really see the potential of what your future can look like.
Now, like I mentioned, setting goals is not as easy as saying I want to….whatever. You need to ensure you are setting SMART goals and creating action plans to complete your goals. If you are not sure where to begin with setting solid, attainable goals, I got your back! I created a Goal Setting Guide for you to get you started on your goal crushin’ journey! Check it out below.
Let me know how goal setting has improved your life, what strategies you use when you set your goals, or how goal setting has worked for you.