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How To Achieve Your Goals and Actually Keep Them

Setting goals is a great way to turn your dreams into a reality, whether it’s related to your health, career, school, blog, or business. The key thing to remember, however, is that anyone can make a list of things they want to accomplish, but many stop thinking about them the moment after they’re written down. Today I’m sharing ten actionable ways that will help achieve your goals and actually keep them.
How to Achieve Your Goals New Year
1. Write Things Down

Writing things down on paper helps us focus our attention on a specific idea, thus making it easier to commit to memory. Daily journaling helps to express feelings and emotions and puts your life into perspective. Writing also helps with creativity, especially if you’re a blogger or work in a creative profession.

TRY: If you aren’t a chronic writer/list maker/journaler try writing things down for a week. Buy a planner/notebook that you really love so you get excited to use it. Write a to-do list of what you have planned for the week and individual days. Even if it’s as simple as “go to the gym” or “catch up on emails,” writing it down will help turn on a switch in your brain to set it as a priority. Also write down your thoughts, ideas, and emotions throughout the day, even if it feels really weird at first.

2. Create Short-Term Goals, Not Resolutions

Resolutions are usually huge lifestyle changes that end up overwhelming us, which only leads to failure and disappointment. Goals, however, are small and attainable. We aren’t 100% positive where we will be in 12 months, 6 months, or even 3 months. Focus on short-term weekly and/or monthly goals and keep them simple and reasonable. If you want to save money for a trip make a plan to save a certain amount of money each paycheck or month.

TRY: Write your weekly goals down in a planner or notebook. At the end of each week spend a few minutes reviewing your list to see what you’ve accomplished and what you still need to work on.

3. Develop a Morning and Night Routine

Getting into your own groove in the morning and before bed is an extremely beneficial habit that will get you waking up each day feeling inspired and motivated. You’ll feel more relaxed at night, get more and better sleep, and eliminate the morning stress of rushing around trying to get everything ready before work. I share some tips in this post on how to develop a routine and stick to it.

TRY: Going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day for a week. If you can stick to this for 2-3 weeks, your body will recognize it has a habit and it won’t be so rough waking up earlier each morning. You’ll have more time to get ready, make breakfast, read a book, or just breathe.

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4. Let Go of Grudges

Goal setting provides us with a fresh mental slate to let the past be the past and move on. If you’ve been having drama with someone, now is the time to let it go. Not for the other person’s sake, but for your mental health. Forgiveness is one of the best things we can give ourselves and it’ll send a message to whoever you’re in conflict with that you’re over it and want to move forward. Once that weight is off your shoulders you will have more time and energy to focus on yourself (and your goals!)

5. Practice Daily Gratitude

Taking a couple of minutes out of your day to write down what you’re grateful for is a great way to enhance your perspective on life, which will make you a happier person. Why should we complain about things when there is so much to be thankful for? Check out my post on 50 Things To Be Grateful For to find inspiration.

TRY: Write five things you are grateful for every morning after you wake up or at night before you go to sleep for a week.

6. Declutter

Mess=stress. The power of tidying up is underrated, and a clean space will leave you feeling motivated and inspired. Getting rid of the things we don’t use/need anymore is a great way to embrace a “start fresh” and achieve a sense of accomplishment. If you’re really serious about decluttering your life (physically AND mentally), I suggest checking out minimalism, a lifestyle that embraces finding meaning in your life by getting rid of excess. There are many podcasts, articles, and blogs on minimalism, so it’s something definitely worth checking out.

TRY: On a day you have some time to spare, set your timer on your phone for twenty minutes. Dedicate your attention to a specific area in your home to get rid of things in your that you haven’t worn, touched, used, etc. in the past 6 months. Target your closet, desk, kitchen, bathroom, etc. Thinking about spending hours to declutter and clean will only make the task seem daunting, so start small.

7. Drink More Water

Okay, you’re probably sick of hearing this, but I had to include another friendly reminder about how important it is to drink lots of water. It’s great for your skin, prevents headaches, energizes you, and suppresses appetite which = weight loss! It’s also super easy to do and will give your body what it needs to feel motivated to conquer your goals.

TRY: If drinking water is really hard for you, try infusing it with fruit like lemon, strawberries, blueberries, or oranges. So yummy and healthy!

How to Achieve Your Goals New Year

8. Put Your Goals to Action

Another problem we have when it comes to achieving our goals is that we simply think about it too much. “I’m going to go to the gym in the new year.” “I’m going to try and lose weight this year.” Instead of thinking about it, just do it! I can’t stress enough the power of action in the moment.

TRY: Doing something as little as taking a walk around the block or doing some squats for five minutes in your room can make all the difference and doesn’t take much time. Start NOW!

9. Surround Yourself With Positivity

If you find yourself unhappy and unmotivated among your group of friends, sticking around them isn’t going to help you achieve your goals. The same goes for social media–if you follow Instagram accounts that just make you feel like sh*t, it’s time to do some unfollowing. Surrounding yourself with positive people and images will instantly boost your mood and motivation.

TRY: Listening to inspiring podcasts. I listed six of my favorites with suggested episodes to get you started in this post.

10. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Remember that success doesn’t happen over night and it takes time to achieve something worthwhile. Many people have an “instant gratification” mentality and give up when they don’t see immediate results. We have to train our minds to let this go and focus on the long-term effects.

“The obsession with instant gratification blinds us from our potential.” 
-Michael Dooley

Implementing small habits like these will keep you feeling inspired and motivated throughout the year. Achieving your goals doesn’t have to be complicated–it all depends on YOU and how much you really want something. I hope this post provided some inspiration and if you try any of these. please let me know!

What goals are you working on right now?

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