I know you want to have to desire to get up every day and every week and every month and crush it. But then… the overwhelm and fear kick in. You need a roadmap to achieve your goals to get you motivated.
There are a lot of eggs in your basket demanding your time. Motherhood. Marriage. Your house. Your business. You think about how to make it all work, all the time. You need to find the motivation but are overwhelmed by where to start.
The trick to not being afraid to fail is knowing exactly what your next step needs to be. When that is clear you can say to yourself: this is the next thing that I really need to do and I am not afraid to move forward with it. That is how simple a roadmap to achieving your goals will make it to get started and follow through.
The answer is here. You don’t have to overthink it. Start now with your goal, get specific, create an action plan, and start taking things to the next level.
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Set a goal.
It all starts with setting a goal. You need to define your vision of where you want to be before you can figure out how to get there.
Do not be afraid to say what’s in your heart. That vision in your mind for the life that you want every single day for a very, very, very important reason. Say it, pray on it, talk about it, lean into it.
Once you are clear on what you want, write down your goal. It doesn’t matter what your goal is, it doesn’t matter what you see, it doesn’t matter how big it is, or how small it is, write it down.
Write it down and say it out loud.
Do you want to lose weight?
Do you want to organize your entire house?
Do you want to start doing marriage retreats with your husband?
Start a business?
Book X number of clients?
Once you know where you want to go, you will know how to get there.
Be specific and measurable.
Assign a number to your goal. Goals have to be measurable, you have to specify what it is that you’re working towards.
And this is simply so that you know when you have accomplished what you set out to do. If your goal is to lose weight and you lose go out and lose 10 pounds, have you reached your goal? What if you still can’t fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans?
I want to lose weight is very different from I want to exercise three times a week to lose 20 pounds by Christmas.
Frame your goal with as much detail as possible. Knowing your parameters for success lets you measure progress and, ultimately, your success.
Create an action plan.
Now you have your starting point and your endpoint: you wrote a goal down and you gave it a number. Okay, so we’re going to work backward by taking your endpoint and breaking it down by the number of months you have to achieve your goal. This way every single month, you have a smaller goal that will bring you to your larger goal. Depending on your goal, you may want to break the year into four chunks, which then gives you quarters to work with.
Breaking a big goal down into steps gives you a set of tasks to get you to that first stepping stone inside of your big goal. Keep it up and you will hop from one stepping stone to the next to the next. And that’s where you begin to see progress towards achieving your big goal.
“For a long time, I dreamt of the life that I’m living right now. I saw it in my mind. Being loved by a godly man, me raising a beautiful family, me having a successful business, me having a beautiful home. And I knew all I needed to do was create a plan. And it took me a while. But I did it.”
The next thing to do is to get at it and do the next action that will set you on the path to that first monthly or quarterly goal.
Your big goal could be three to five years out. But your monthly goal is right in front of you and it will take you to the next month, next quarter and next year.
So you’re going to start right now. Because in three to five years, your kids are going to grow, your marriage is going to change, life is going to happen. And you will always be three to five years away from your vision until you take the first step.
That’s it. That’s all you have to do. And guess what? That is going to motivate you so much because it’s so attainable. It’s so clear. It’s incredibly realistic. And it’s not that hard. When you reach the end of your first month, look at the next month. Ask: how did that work for me? what worked? what didn’t work? then revise where you need to and keep going. That was just your first month and you gave yourself a year, or three or five to reach your goal.
And that’s all you have to do. Write it down, be specific, work it backward, and start on the very next thing that will get you one step closer to that dream!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get time to myself to focus on moving forward on my goals?
Time to yourself is part of a balanced life. You need to have time to yourself to refill your cup and pursue the things that you are passionate about. Use my fundamental needs workbook to identify what is most important in a balanced life for you and how to integrate them into your day. (Psst…one of my fundamental needs is time by myself). Also, my Systemize Your Life Academy will take you from overwhelmed to confident in just four weeks. I’ll teach you how you can take your time and make it work for you and help you gain control over your time (with and without your kids)!