#MotivationMonday – 5 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals

#MotivationMonday – 5 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals

It’s Monday, so you know with this means–it’s time to kick the week off with a little motivation.

[Related: #MotivationMonday: How to Say “Yes” When All Signs Point to “No”]

Let’s tackle setting and obtaining goals. We set goals constantly; from as small as “I will INDEED make it to work on time today, even if it kills me,” to “in five years I must take over the world.” Big or small, the obtaining of our goals ultimately boils down to two things: planning and execution.

Even setting goals can require a significant amount of planning. The problem often occurs when we fail to map out strategy, thus, opening us up to wandering aimlessly, twiddling thumbs, confusion, frustration, and failing. We can’t have that.

Here are a few tips to help motivate you to set and obtain so that success is the only option. Check it.

  1. Be realistic. You know you–act like it. It’s important to be aware of your time, strengths, weaknesses, and know-how when you set your goals. If your goal is to fly, ask yourself if you have wings. If you don’t, maybe your goal should be to walk instead. The more realistic we are with our abilities, resources, and access, the more likely we are to successfully see a plan through. If the pieces are all there, you’re just required to put them together (you can handle that).
  2. Challenge yourself. Much of the triumph in achieving goals is bred in impressing ourselves. You said you would, you thought nah, I can’t, but just maybe I could, and then you did! That’s awesome. Constantly challenging and stretching ourselves with each goal we set is the blueprint to getting to the next level. Do a little be more than you think you can, and then do a little more than that.
  3. Think outside the box. This is not a counter to being realistic. Be realistic, sure, but be realistically imaginative. If your goal is to one day own a small business, imagine if that business snowballed into a conglomerate. Plan for greatness, execute that plan, and watch the universe open you to you. You have it in you.
  4. One step at a time. The most surefire way to get anywhere is by placing one foot in front of the other. Try not to allow the big picture to overwhelm you. Just keep stepping until you end up at the finish line.
  5. Kill it. You did not come to play with these goals, you came to slay. Give 100% at all times. You will better accept any outcome when you can look yourself in the mirror and say you gave it all you had. Bring it.

Per usual, consider yourself motivated. #MotivationMonday