Hi all! I haven’t published in about a week, but I’ve been a tad busy running a 13.1 mile race. Anyway, I took of my princess tiara and I am back to reality. My five day vacation had got me thinking how important setting goals are. Seriously though. There is no greater thing like accomplishing something that was really freaking hard. Its an indescribable feeling.
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My most recent goal was to run my first half marathon. About three years ago, I couldn’t run 5 minutes without gasping for air. Long story short, I set mini goals for myself that slowly progressed to a larger goal. It was never easy and it never should be. After accomplishing your goal (whether its big or small) you get addicted.
Here are a few tips on how to create, maintain, and achieve a goal (brought to you by Action for Happiness)
- Decide. Where the heck to do you start? How do you even decide what your goal should be? You need to think of something you want to do or work towards. It doesn’t matter what it is or if it seems small & silly to someone else. All that matters it that it is important to you. Goals that stretch us can be motivating and moving!
- Write it down. Writing down your goal or even posting it on social media will increase your chance of sticking with it. Also, if possibly, say when you will be reaching your goal.
- Tell someone (or everyone). By telling people about a goal you are more likely to achieve it.
- Break your goal down. This is super important for big goals. Think about the smaller goals that are steps on the way to achieving your big goal. For example, sometimes big goals are a bit vague, like ‘I want to be healthier’. Breaking these down goals helps us be more specific and less likely to get lost on the way to the overall goal
- Plan your first step. Even if you don’t know where to start there’s no excuse – there are a million ways to figure it out. You can Google a, “how to” or ask a friend who has a relationship with your goal,
- Keep going. A goal isn’t going to be easy. There’s no fun in an easy goal. If it was, the result wouldn’t be as rewarding or special. If a step you’re doing isn’t working, think of something else you could try that still moves you forward, even a tiny bit. If you’re struggling, ask people you know for their ideas on what you could do. They may help you see a different way. If you’re really struck – take a step back, breathe, take a break and then re-try your goal.
- Celebrate. When you reach your goal, its time time to enjoy it. Think about what you enjoyed and learned along the way. Also, don’t forget to thank the people you helped you.
What’s your goal going to be?