Inconsistency is the roadblock that will stop you from arriving at your goals. But when you're in a full time job, have kids and are trying to fit in quality time with friends and family, how are we supposed to stay on top of everything and not get sidetracked from doing the things we'd promised ourselves we would in order to reach our goals?
Here are 10 tips that can help:
1. Be specific!
Be SMART when setting your goals:
S – Be specific, don’t simply say “I want to be able to run” you could run for 2 seconds – job done. How far do you want to run?
M – Measurable. So for the above example let’s say running 5k.
A – Attainable – your goal should be challenging but achievable.
R – Realistic – your goal should be realistic.
T – Timed – smack a deadline on it!
Lots of people struggle with their ‘Goal Roadmap’. Start at the end, write down your 5 year goal and unravel it.
To reach it, where would you need to be in a years time, 90 days time, a months time?
Crossing these milestones offer the reassurance that we are heading in the right direction and give us a sense of achievement that keeps us moving forward.
2. Know your own schedule!
Set a time every evening to create or run through your schedule for the next day.
Assign a realistic amount of time to complete each task, if you’re not sure how long it will take, give yourself extra time.
For your big goals, give yourself small daily tasks to move you towards them.
3. Reward yourself!
Completing your goals is no small feat, so reward yourself! Even for small goals! A reward can consist of something as simple as scheduling time in for yourself to read a book, meditate or lay down and listen to your favourite music. Being consistent doesn’t mean being on the go all the time! It’s about scheduling in things that will move you towards your goal and scheduling time to rest – rest makes your more productive!
4. Make peace with failure being a part of success!
If things don’t go to plan – keep going! Sometimes even the best laid plans fall apart. There will be times when you miss your deadline, not be able to keep to your word or make mistakes. It doesn’t mean you are not consistent – it’s just life! Just learn from it and keep moving. If you don’t do a scheduled in workout, ask yourself why? Plan for setbacks! You may have had a genuine reason for missing it or just talked yourself out of it – just keep going and put a plan in place to avoid failing next time
5. Hold yourself accountable!
If you are not reaching the goals you have set. Take it up with yourself. Ask yourself what you can do to improve. Are your goals realistic? Are you planning and sticking to your schedule? The only person you have control over is you!
6. Be patient – change takes time!
When we decide we want to make changes in our lives it can be very exciting and tempting to throw in a massive list of new habits we want to establish. Be mindful and realistic about the time it can take to implement and see changes.
In a study examining 96 people over a 12-week period attempting to form new habits, it was shown to take anywhere between 18 and 254 days, with the average amount of time being 66 days. So don’t give up if you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere after a few weeks.
7. Challenge negative thinking!
Negative thinking is one of consistencies biggest enemies. Make sure you catch negative thinking before you let it in. When negative thoughts such as ‘I can’t do this' start to sneak in, turn it around. Simply saying “I can do this” may feel a little forced. So try “I’m struggling with this at the moment, but I’m going to keep at this, I am further along than where I started”. If a goal is becoming overwhelming there is no shame in revising it, break it into smaller steps or change it slightly.
8. Make sure your goals are your own!
I can’t stress this one enough. It may seem obvious, but it often isn’t. What we think we want is often heavily influenced by friends, family, the music we listen to, the shows we watch, the things we read and social media. Our goals are not always influenced by the things we are actually deeply passionate about.
Take time to question the goals you set for yourself and why you want to achieve them!
9. Get organised!
Make sure you are using a calender and know what is in it.
Tidy your cluttered desk!
Plan everything e.g 7:00pm – 7:15pm plan tasks for tomorrow.
10. Know why you started and remind yourself of this regularly!
It’s easy to become bogged down with things you need to do to reach your goal, don’t forget why you wanted to do this.
Revisit your goals on a daily basis!
This Is me:
I’m Emma, I train women (Offline and Online) who may struggle with their confidence and self esteem. I believe that women need more options that suit different lifestyles and needs, some of us don't have time to stick to a rigid plan, some people are to scared to even set foot in a gym (I have been there).