HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I love the new year because it just feels like a fresh start. But did you know that we can start at any time? We don’t have to wait until January 1 to begin a goal or make a resolution, but there’s just something about January 1 that makes it pretty special. It’s a new beginning. The old has gone and the new has come. Because of this, we can get caught up in the celebrations and the excitement, come up with a big, burly New Year’s resolution, and forget to actually plan out how to crush the goal we place in front of ourselves.

Without a plan, my guess is you quit by February. 

It’s easy to start, but it’s usually hard to finish. Part of that is because things don’t just magically happen overnight. Success happens through consistent and persistent action. If you don’t have a clear direction of where you’re steering, your ship will naturally head off course — or just not be on course at all in the first place.

Here are three tips as you prepare to successfully crush your goals:

  • Write your goal down on paper and put it somewhere you’ll see it.
  • Come up with two action steps that you will take every day to create consistency and momentum toward your goals.
  • Find an accountability partner you can report your progress to.

One: Write your goal down on paper and put it where you’ll see it.

There is power in the written word! Just thinking your goal isn’t enough. When you physically put pen to paper, something magical happens. It’s as though it gets logged in your brain, you remember it easier, and you’re more likely to get off your butt and go do something about it. 

One of the best ways to memorize information is to write it multiple times. Do you remember spelling tests in elementary school? We’d come home with a list of words for the week, and we’d have to practice them daily and write them out multiple times! 

Sometimes it was annoying to write, “beyond,” “beyond,” “beyond,” a zillion times in a row, but we did it, and it worked. We can now spell “beyond.” The mundaneness of the repetition made it seem pointless, but the results proved the power of repetition.

If we can do that with words, we can do that with our goals. Writing our goals on paper helps us to process them in our brains and solidify them in our spirits. I encourage you to write your goals daily in your journal because this will help you memorize them, to keep them in front of you, and to allow them to seep down into your spirit — and that is where the magic happens.

Two: Come up with two action steps you will take every day to create consistency and momentum toward your goals.

You probably already know what those two things are that you need to do, you just aren’t doing them yet, or you’re not doing them consistently, meaning every day. Making up your mind that you are willing to do two small things a day, every day, until your goal is completed can make all the difference. It helps you stay focused on the outcome and keep it top of mind.

When you are taking consistent action, your decision making will change from saying, “Yes,” to everything because you don’t want to let anyone down to only saying, “Yes,” to the things that will draw you closer to your goal.  What you allow to occupy your time matters. When you say, “Yes,” to one thing, you are saying, “No,” to something else. What is it that you want to be saying, “Yes,” to?

You don’t have to move the mountain all at once; you just need to move a couple of small boulders every day, and eventually, the mountain will move. That’s what doing two small actions each day toward your goal does. It may not appear to be making a difference early on, but with consistent and persistent action, over time, you will appear to be an overnight success.

Three: Find an accountability partner that you can report your progress to. 

You can do it all by yourself, but it’s much, much harder. The simple act of finding an accountability partner makes a world of difference. This person can be a friend or a family member who believes in you and wants to see you succeed. It could be someone in a shared group you’re involved in, or even a coworker whom you trust.

An accountability partner will check in with you from time to time to ensure that you are doing what you said you were going to do. You are essentially reporting to each other what you are or aren’t doing toward the destination you are aiming. When you have this foundation in your life, it’s more motivating to continue because you aren’t just giving up on yourself if you quit, but you’re also letting your accountability partner down. 

It’s harder to quit when you have that additional push and have someone you are answering to about the actions you are taking. I recommend checking in with this person on a weekly basis, whether it’s in writing, on the phone, or over coffee. A short 10-30 minutes a week is all you need to hold yourself accountable to the promises you made to yourself.

FINAL STRETCH

We don’t make goals just to make them. We set goals so we can see them come together. But in order to do that, we need to have a clear direction of where we’re headed and what preparations and actions are necessary to take us there.

If you want to crush your goals in 2020, ensure that you follow these three steps: Write your goal down on paper and put it somewhere you will see it. Come up with two action steps you will take every day to create consistency and momentum toward your goals. Find an accountability partner that you can report your progress to. Then stick to it until you see it through!

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Dream huge, and remember, you are a winner. Just run YOUR race!

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let me know, which of these do you need to add to your life?

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Having someone in your corner is definitely helpful. Somehow we can disappoint ourselves over and over again by not going after our goals. But we have a much harder time disappointing our friends. I found this works really well for me when it comes to fitness goals 🙂