It’s so easy to get off track and lose sight of your goals.
Any time “life happens,” it seems like your goals are the first thing to go.
And “life happening” doesn’t have to be bad either. Let’s say you start a new job, have a baby, move into a new house, etc. All these can be seemingly good, yet your goals are likely to fall by the wayside first.
Most of my female clients find themselves prioritizing everyone else’s lives ahead of their own, so at times they feel lost.
One of my favorite quotes about this is:
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ― Albert Einstein
For me personally, I know this to be true. Whenever I’m committed and focused on a goal—no matter how small, I find my purpose and joy, even on a daily basis when “life happens.”
- Related: The Next Believable Thought (podcast)
How To Be Committed To Your Goals
As you embark on your own goal setting journey, I encourage you to use the tips below to help you stay committed to your personal goals.
Tip 1: Take baby steps
Tip 1 is to take baby steps.
One of the tools I teach is called “Zero to One.”
Zero to one is the hardest. After that, it gets easier because of the compound effect of exponential growth (think of a bell curve going upward—or visit my post on Instagram about this here).
What this means for your goals is that your brain has so much resistance when you’re brand new and at “zero.” To combat this, try to take one small action (a baby step) forward. Then, build a track record for success, one small action at a time.
- Why Your Brain Needs A Goal (podcast)
- How To Combat Lack Of Motivation (blog post)
- How To Live An Intentional Life (free course)
Tip 2: Add positive “inputs” (like books and podcasts)
Tip 2 is to start adding positive information inputs to your life, like books and podcasts.
The more you can have a stream of motivation in your ear that helps you stay motivated, the better.
Like Zig Ziglar says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Start with an audiobook or podcast—like mine, which you can find here: Design Your Dream Life with Natalie Bacon.
Filling your brain with ideas from thought leaders who can help you stay motivated is one of the best ways to stay committed to your goals on a daily basis.
- Cleaning Out Your Brain (podcast)
- What Is A Mindset Journal (blog post)
- 7 Tools To Manage Anxiety (free course)
Tip 3: Write down your goal every day
Tip 3 is to write down your goal every day.
I don’t know why. But it does.
Writing down your goal daily helps you stay focused and committed to your goal.
For the busy-on-the-go woman, hear me when I say this: it’s not enough to think about writing your goal down. You must actually write it down.
The good news is you don’t have to spend a ton of time doing this. You can simply just write it down in the morning and move on.
Your brain will go to work on finding ways to help you stay committed to your goal, without you even realizing it. (This is because your brain is awesome!)
- Related: 75 Journal Prompts For Self Discovery (freebie)
Tip 4: Bring people into your life with similar goals
Tip 4 is to bring people into your life with similar goals.
You don’t have to change all your friend abruptly, but as the saying goes, “you’re most similar to the five people you spend time with.”
If you want to stay on track and achieve your goal, get around people who have the same goal as well as people who’ve already achieved this goal.
Your brain will pick up on their “think.” You’ll see how people who want and have what you want are thinking. This is helpful because you need to think like they’re thinking.
Getting around the right people is one of the most powerful tools you can do (and why I love my Grow You Women so much!).
- What You Have Time For (podcast)
- How To Stop Negative Self Talk (blog post)
- Thursday Inspo Email (free weekly motivational email)
Tip 5: Build in accountability
Tip 5 is to build in accountability with your goal.
I don’t teach being accountable to another person, because you can end up only doing things if you know the other person is going to hold you accountable. This actually erodes your self trust and self confidence.
But you can learn “Self Accountability,” where you take small steps to be accountable to yourself.
For example, in Grow You, the women feel accountable to themselves and the program because they’re all in there together working on themselves. There are tools to work on together but you don’t have a specific person holding you accountable.
The key is to get around others doing what you want to do and practice being accountable to you because you want to do it for YOU.
This way, you build your self confidence and increase your self respect.
- Self Accountability (podcast)
- The Problem With Accountability (blog post)
- Online Business (free course)
A Final Note!
Staying committed to your goals can feel hard in the beginning.
That’s why I highly recommend following the tips above for that extra push for your goal setting success.
Don’t forget that reaching your goals isn’t a race. You have the right amount of time. Set a specific date. You can do it. Whatever is in your heart. Your deepest desire. There’s always more time for that.
Set goals. Your goals and dreams matter. Regardless of what season of life you’re in. Now is the best time to start.