How to Make Goals You’ll Actually Stick To

Goals. Plans. Dreams. Resolutions. Whatever you want to call them, we’ve all had ‘em. We’ve all started the year out with enthusiasm and hope, only to be left disappointed every December. (that good old dream of fitting in that one pair of jeans that haven’t fit since high school, am I right, ladies?)

In the beginning of 2018, I was in the midst of the most confusing and difficult time in my entire life. I was faced with challenges I could’ve never dreamed of, I had no idea who I was, what I wanted, or what my future held. My goals and resolutions for 2018 were quite different from previous years, and I’m proud to say I’ve held true to some of them.

Then 2019 turned out to be an incredible year of growth, love, and inspiration. So for 2020, I want to continue my trend of “Think, Feel, Do”, but first I’m going to lead with a quote by a woman who inspires me, Ms. Barbara Corcoran, that I believe sums up all of my goals for the upcoming year:

Insecurity is a wonderful motivator.

Think:

  • Trust more – both myself and those I love
  • Manage stress more effectively
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Fight insecurities

Feel:

  • Own it
  • Channel insecurity into motivation
  • Grow and enhance my relationships

Do:

  • See full 2020 goals post here

So how do I get there?

Having goals isn’t about micromanaging the heck out of every day in order to achieve them. It’s about breaking them down into smaller, bite-sized, achievable things that in the end get you where you want to go.

Breaking down goals into smaller, more manageable tasks allows you to reward yourself more often and embrace that boost of confidence. But! You still might fail. Sometimes through no fault of your own; other times, our own behaviors are holding us back.

So what do we do with these moments of failure?

Own. Your. Imperfections!

Write this down, put it on your desk, your screensaver, your nightstand, wherever you need to see it:

I’m imperfect and I own it.

The past few years, I’ve learned more about myself than I could have imagined. I’ve also learned that my life is a form of organized chaos, and if I embrace it – things go a heck of a lot better than if I try and fight it. I keep my chaos organized with the Erin Condren Life Planner, which I have been using for years and absolutely could not live without. (I am not affiliated with EC at all, I just simply love love love this planner and it’s worth every penny.)

So my challenge to you – is to think about how you can own it. Think about what you want to achieve and what steps you need to take to get there.

Stick To Your Goals:

  • Break bigger goals into small, bite-sized steps
  • Write them down
  • Review your goals frequently throughout the year
  • Make your goals visible in your home, office, wherever you spend your time
  • Be realistic
  • Own your mistakes and “failures”
  • Reward yourself!

What are your go-to tips for creating attainable goals? What goals did you accomplish in 2019? Comment and share!

I wish all my readers safe and happy holidays!

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