Break down your goals

Having goals is great, it gives you something to work towards, and gives you direction for your life.  But having a goal is pointless, if you don’t actually do something towards achieving it.

By breaking your goals down into mini goals and actionable tasks, you create a clear plan to actually achieve those goals.

It’s all well and good setting a goal of becoming a millionaire, but how do you actually make that happen?

  1.  Start by assessing where you currently are.  How far away are you from achieving this goal.  Do you need to start from the beginning, or have you already made some progress?  Having a clear understanding of your starting point is really important.
  2. Can you break your goal down into smaller mini-milestones.  I’d suggest working towards a mini-milestone every 12 weeks.  This gives you a good timeframe for achieving your long term goal, and will keep you focused when you start to lose motivation, or don’t seem to be making any progress.  For a lot of people a long term goal can feel too big, and slightly overwhelming.  By breaking it down into smaller milestones, you can work towards your big scary goal, without feeling overwhelmed.
  3. Next brainstorm a list of all the tasks you need to complete to achieve those mini-milestones.  These need to be tasks that you can actually achieve, and you’ll know that you’ve ticked them off.  For weight loss it might be going to step class and planning out your meals.  For making your millions it might be starting a business or asking for a promotion.   Make these tasks as small as possible to begin with, this will help you to gather momentum with easy to achieve actions and create small wins that will encourage you to keep going.
  4. Assess regularly.  Are your actions helping you reach those mini milestones?  Some things will work and others won’t.  By continually assessing your progress, you’ll be able to fine tune your actions to make huge progress towards your goals.

By following this simple 4 step process you’ll easily create an action plan that will make reaching your goals fun and achievable.

How habit can help you achieve any goal

Any goal can be broken down into a series of actions that need to be taken.  In many cases these actions need to be repeated regularly in order to make that goal happen.  Whether its healthy living, running a marathon or starting that business you’ve been thinking about, it all comes down to habits.

We already have habits that play out in our lives everyday.  Some of these habits are taking us closer to our goals, and some are taking us away from achieving our goals.   If we want to make real progress and create a life and body we love, we need to add more good habits and change the bad ones.

The process is the same, and when we look at changing our lifestyles, we often make the same mistake.  We try and take on too many things at once.  It’s very difficult to change not only our eating habits, but our activity levels and mindset all at the same time.

Take it one step at a time, think about one thing you can change today that will take you closer to achieving that goal.  Perhaps you want to stop snacking when you get home from work, or maybe you want to start exercising first thing in the morning.  First focus ONLY in that one habit.  Once that becomes easy, you can start working on something else.

If you are trying to remove a bad habit, think about replacing the habit with something else.

  • Instead of snacking i will drink a glass of water.
  • Instead of eating fast food I will make a healthy version at home.
  • Instead of watching TV i will read instead.

If you are adding a new habit, what can you do to make it easy to achieve?  Break it down to the smallest possible action.  Make it easy to achieve, because success leads to more success.  Perhaps the first goal is just parking at the gym and walking into reception.  Or maybe it’s putting your gym gear on as soon as you wake up.  If there workout happens it’s a bonus, but break it down to the first thing you have to do, and build on it from there.

With only a few weeks left of 2014 my focus has shifted back to the goals I set back in January, and what I still want to accomplish.  Creating new habits will help me to get there.

“What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin

What habits do you want to add or change in your life?


Is fear playing a role in your life?

You wouldn’t think we had much to be afraid of in our modern everyday lives, but is fear playing a bigger part in your life than it should?
When you think of fear, you think of phobias like a fear of flying, or of clowns, but many of us are letting fear rule our decisions and hold us back from creating the lives we want to be living.
You don’t have to have big fears for this to happen.
Most people are held back by a fear of what other people will think, or a fear of how their lives will change.
These fears are hard to get a grip on.  They aren’t quite tangible.   When we start working on our goals fear kicks in and says “are you sure that’s a good idea?”
This is fear that we can safely ignore.  You aren’t going to get severely injured by setting up a blog on a topic your passionate about or applying for that promotion or showing up for the dance class.  BUT your pride might get hurt, you might be turned down, write something that someone doesn’t agree with, or look a bit silly.
Our fear keeps us safe.  It keeps us in a place that is familiar, your fear doesn’t care if you’re totally miserable, on the other side of your dreams is a totally unknown place.  Familiar is safe.
So how can we learn to move through the fear of looking silly, being rejected or people not liking us?  We have to practice doing it anyway.
“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”

 20 seconds is all it takes, often even less.  Hit the publish button, open the door, pick up the phone, show up and give it a go.  What is the worst that could happen?
The great thing is that the more often you have those 20 seconds of insane courage, the more often you battle your fear, the more you practice, the easier it becomes.  You’ll find the things that used to scare you are easy now.  You’ll be a regular at dance class, you’ll be putting yourself out there and creating new wonderful experiences over and over again.
The thing is, that fear never really goes away.  It’s with us for a reason, and we’ll always have things that scare us.  But in our lives today we need to be mindful that our fear does not control us.  That it doesn’t keep us from living our best lives, because our best life lies out of our comfort zone.  We have to step outside of our normal and put ourselves in situations that give us the chance to grow, but also offer opportunity for rejection, and disappointment.
Don’t let fear hold you back, let it be a chance for you to say YES.  All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.
Your turn, let me know how you battle fear in your life – leave me a comment!
Eli xoxo