If you're like me, you started out your 2016 ready to make things happen. You had goals you wanted to accomplish, but as the calendar days go by you haven't quite done everything you set out to do. It happens to the best of us. Even those of us that you think have it all together.
Here are five tips that will help you reach those goals in no time.
1. Make Your Goals Clear
I am sure you already know this, but sometimes it can be helpful to get a little reminder. Setting goals like "I want to get out of debt." "I want to write more." " I want to X, Y, and Z" aren't clear goals. By setting goals this way you are only focusing on what you want but haven't outlined how you are going to get there. My personal goal for this year is to get Mae B into retail stores.
Here is how I wrote down my goal: I want to have five Mae B greeting cards in two stores in Atlanta by May 1, 2016. We are now in Septemeber, and I haven't quite reached that goal, but I have formed great relationships with shop owners. I even had a trunk show at a stationery store in Atlanta and got invited back to host another show this fall. My goal remains the same, but I have adjusted that date I would like to reach it.
2. Write Down Your Goals
Ever heard the saying, "Write it down and make it plain"? If the goals you would like to reach are floating around in your head, you haven't committed to them. They are just thoughts that are passing through until you put them down on paper. Invest in a notebook that will make you want to write. Also, set aside quiet time to think about what you would like to achieve.
3. Order Your Steps
Now that you have written down your goal during your quiet time. How are you going to reach those goals? What are the steps you are going to put into action to get there? Striving to achieve big goals can be overwhelming if you don't break the big goal down. Break your primary goal down into short term goals. Be as detailed as possible. When making your outline commit to a firmly dated deadline to have met each of your short term goals. Now, you are holding yourself accountable.
4. Tell People
One of the BEST ways to stay on track is to be held accountable by people around you. Make sure these are people you trust and that are supportive of your dreams. Let them know your timeline. When they ask you about your progress, be honest about where you are on your journey. If you've gotten off track, that's okay. I am sure they will be to keep you encouraged and headed in the right direction.
5. Be Patient + Persistent
Here comes the tricky part: patience. I am talking to myself here, too. I have touched on this before. Most things we strive to accomplish in our lives will not happen overnight. There will be a lot of no's, many moments of self-doubt, and moments when you have to be still. When it would storm, my grandma Mae would have us turn off the lights, television, and tell us to be still. Apply that same practice to your goals. Stillness doesn't mean you aren't doing enough; it just means you are allowing yourself time to refocus. If you are doing the work, the doors will start to open. You may get told no or have to adjust your plan, but that doesn't mean you give up. Stay persistent and those goals you set will start to manifest.