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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why you should make some goals today

It was pointed out to me about two years ago that I am a very goal oriented person. Which is completely true, I really don't know how I didn't notice this about myself before. I am constantly making new goals, trying to accomplish something new. 

I think that part of the reason that I am so goal oriented is because of my church. There is a lot of emphasis on always striving to be better. It doesn't matter where you are on your path, as long as you are always moving forward. Between making goals in church when I was a teenager to earn my young women's medallion and rethinking who I am every Sunday, I've become extremely goal oriented.

I make new goals each week, some of them are spiritual, some of them are physical, some are things that I just want to accomplish. I make more goals than I complete, and I think that's ok. The fact that I don't accomplish all of my goals doesn't stop me from making new ones. In fact, I find that as long as I am accomplishing something, I feel better about myself. 

So today I thought I would share some tips and tricks on making and keeping goals! :)

1. Pick a time to make goals on a regular basis.
This helps you to always be making new goals. You can check and reassess your previous goals and see what progress you've made.

2. Pick goals that you feel passionate about.
You're not going to make an effort to accomplish something if you don't care about it. If you're just making it a goal because it is something that you should be doing, then more likely than not, you're just going to forget all about it. 

3. Make goals in a few different categories.
For example, I might make a goal to run a few times during the week, a goal to read my scriptures more, and a goal to write a poem or work on one of my novels. 

4. Keep track of your progress. 
Notice I didn't say, keep track of your completed goals. Really, a large part of goals is the process. You need to know that you're moving forward, even if you haven't yet completed your goal.

5. Don't let past failures hold you back.
I can't tell you the number of times I have made a goal to finish all my first drafts for my novels... but that doesn't mean that I will never finish them, and it doesn't mean that I won't keep making it a goal. 

6. Celebrate every success
I am a firm believer in celebration. I celebrate all the time! Whether it be some stupid holiday that isn't real (Like milk chocolate day yesterday) or it be actual success on a goal or even progress on a large goal (make some mini goals :) ). There needs to be some reward for your goal. It doesn't have to be a real thing! Sometimes you're broke and you can't afford to even buy yourself french fries (I REALLY love french fries), but find some way to celebrate. 
You can even promise yourself a future reward. For example, this last year I made a goal to write 1000 words every day except Sundays for 100 days. My reward, an apple laptop or a tablet. I do not have the money for either. I finished my goal. I earned it. And someday, if I have the money, I have permission to spend it on that large of a gift for myself. 

7. Don't be afraid to try new things
If you've always wanted to do something, you can do it! You might struggle at first, but have faith that you can! If you need a little more encouragement, read this post

8. Don't let other people hold you back
Just because someone says you can't do it, or you don't have the talent for it, doesn't mean that you can't. You prove them wrong. You stay strong and don't worry what they think.

9. Make sure you look at your goals often, daily if possible.
Seeing what you're trying to accomplish will help keep you focused on accomplishing them!

10. Believe that you can do it!
You have amazing potential! We all do! Trust that you can do it. Believe that you can, no matter how big or small the goal. You'll get there! 

Do you have any tips on keeping your goals? What keeps you motivated? What goals are you working on right now?

Good luck on those goals! 

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