You Must Take Baby Steps if You Want to Reach Your Big Goals

Today You Need To Take A Few Baby Steps Toward Your Big Goals

Really big goals can be really scary.

It doesn’t matter if it’s wanting to lose a significant amount of weight, pay off a large chunk of debt, or change careers.

When you think about tackling those big goals, you get intimidated.

Trust me, you aren’t the only one.

You put off working towards your goal because you either don’t have any idea where to start or because the task simply seems too daunting.

Today we’re going to tackle our goals head-on (in a not so scary way) and start making some progress to reach them.

 

 

The key to reaching your goal, no matter how big or lofty, is to start by breaking it down into bite-sized chunks and take baby steps until you build momentum.

You can reach any goal and make any change if you consistently take small steps towards it.

Without consistency, your goal will fall by the wayside and end up becoming yet another “guilt issue” for you to deal with down the road.

Don’t let it happen to you!

You’ve worked hard to get this far, so I want to encourage you to take a deep breath, sit back, and imagine what it will feel like when you reach your goal.

It’s going to be awesome, isn’t it?

The best part is that you don’t have to “have it all figured out” to get started.

  • You don’t need to know exactly what you’ll have to do at every step along the way.
  • You don’t need to come up with a plan to pay off your entire credit card debt before you can start finding ways to cut your current bills.
  • You don’t have to figure out how exactly you’ll lose all of those extra pounds before you start implementing healthier eating habits.
  • You don’t need to know how much it will take to buy your dream home before you open up a savings account.
  • You don’t need to know everything there is to know about opening and running your own bakery before you start practicing your skills.

 

Today is all about making a little bit of progress toward your goal to get yourself started.

This will get you over that initial hurdle and build momentum. It will also help you realize that you can figure out the rest along the way.

Ready to take those first few steps right now?

Start by looking at your big goal, the changes you want to make, or what you most want to get out of life.

You need to know what your end goal is, but you don’t need to worry about everything you need to do to get there. At least, not yet.

Just make sure you have an idea of the general direction you want to head in.

At this point, it’s fine to simply decide that you want to lose some weight and improve your health or pay off those credit cards and student loans to give yourself some financial breathing space.

Got your goal in mind yet?

Great!

Now come up with one or two little things you can do right now to help you move in the right direction.

It doesn’t matter how small those steps are.

Baby steps may seem insignificant when you look at the big picture and how far you need to go, but they will quickly add up.

Most importantly, baby steps will help you build momentum toward reaching your big goals.

 

Let’s look at a few examples of what those baby steps may look like:

If your goal is improving your health and losing weight, there are several easy changes you can make right away!

  • One of your baby steps may be to go for a 10-minute walk each day.
  • You could try replacing soda with sparkling or infused water.
  • Trying out some new healthy recipes and getting into the habit of eating a salad or steamed veggies would be another great baby step to take.

If your goal is to save money or pay off debt, find one or two places where you can save a few dollars and start applying them towards your financial goal.

  • Your first baby step could be to have $20 per month auto drafted into a savings account or toward the principal of your debt.
  • You could go through your bills and try cutting out some monthly extras like canceling magazine subscriptions or downgrading your cellphone and cable plans.
  • Another simple change would be skipping the coffee shop in the morning and packing your lunch instead of eating out.

If you want to change careers or start your own business, read up on what you need to do or find someone to talk to who’s in your desired job for some advice. There are plenty of free resources online, including blog posts!

In short, do something today, no matter how small, that will move you in the right direction.

Let me know in the comments what steps you plan to take!

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8 questions you must ask when setting your goals for 2018.

8 Questions You Must Ask Yourself When Setting Goals

Are You Setting Yourself Up to Fail?

Setting goals for the New Year requires more thought than you may realize!

8 Questions You Must Ask When Setting Goals for 2018
It is vital to ensure that you are setting goals effectively so that you can be successful.
Make sure to get your free PDF of 8 Questions to Ask When Setting Your Goals to help you stay on track.

Answer the following questions to ensure that you have set the right goals for yourself:

 

1. Are Your Goals Specific and Realistic?

 
It takes a little research to ensure that a goal is realistic. If you aren’t sure if something is actually achievable then you need to research it further. Once you’ve set a goal that is indeed realistic, you need to be specific about the desired outcome. You want to make it easy to take the goal & work backward to create a schedule of actions needed to succeed.
 

2. Are Your Goals Multifaceted?

 
Focusing on only one part of your life is a bad idea. We live multifaceted lives & need to make goals for all areas of our lives. If you have a successful career but your family life suffers, then no matter how hard you work, you won’t feel complete. Something will always seem missing from your life if your goals aren’t inclusive. You want to make sure your goals include something from each aspect of your life, including your personal passion.

 

3. Is Your Schedule Realistic?

 
After creating your plan to reach each of your goals, you need to consider how representative it is of your reality. Say your goal is to reduce your cholesterol by 10 percent in six months. But you haven’t set aside the time needed to exercise & eat right. Since you didn’t schedule in the time for these objectives, you won’t succeed. It will be very frustrating to practice your new habits or put in place new tasks when time is against you.
 
For instance, if you are going to exercise 30 minutes per day, setting aside only 30 minutes isn’t realistic. You really need to set aside an hour to account for getting ready as well as cooling down or getting cleaned up to go back to work.
 

4. Are You Learning from Past Mistakes?

 
Often when setting goals and schedules, instead of learning from mistakes, we give up. If you notice there are things you’ve forgotten to take into account along the way, don’t give up! Learn from the situation & change your plan to be more realistic.
 
You might find that at some point you have to rewrite all your goals & your schedule in order to account for real life. (Like missing a week of work because your daughter has the flu). Many people believe this is something negative, but the truth is, top performers revaluate & adjust their goals on a regular basis.

5. Do Your Goals Represent You?

 
Many moms set goals that represent what someone else wants instead of what they want. This can cause a lot of bad feelings & resentment which can derail even the best-laid plans. As you set goals for your life, ask yourself if they’re what you want for yourself or what someone else wants for you. Make some goals for yourself that don’t involve anyone else’s needs or wants.
 
It’s okay to do things because of someone else, but it’s important that you are honest about that to yourself. Just be cautious before you embark on someone else’s journey.
8 Questions You Must Ask Yourslef When Setting Goals for 2018
 

6. Are You Scheduled to Stay on Track?

 
Schedules are very important to the success of reaching any goal in life. Mental to do lists pale in comparison to a well laid out calendar. As a mom, you need to set a schedule to get you from point A to point B. Ensure that you look at your schedule daily & note when you succeed in sticking to your schedule & when you don’t. Noticing a pattern of activity can be helpful in fixing a poorly written schedule. It will also help you stay realistic about whether or not you’re sticking to your plan.
 

7. Are Your Goals Motivating?

 
When writing a goal it’s important to write them in a positive way, or at least a way that feels positive to you. During your goal planning, try writing down a goal & then changing the words to sound more motivating. For instance, losing 10 pounds seems like a good goal, but for some, it might signify deprivation. Instead, you might frame the goal as improving my BMI by 10 points or improving my cholesterol by 10 percent.
 

8. Do You Have Too Many Goals?

 
Just as setting too few goals can be a problem, so can setting too many. If you have set multiple goals in each area of your life, you might tire yourself out & get overwhelmed. Instead, pick one or two goals from each area to focus on until you reach them, & then you can add more goals as time goes on. I prefer planning for the quarter, which I recently learned about which allows me to rearrange priorities every 90 days. You don’t need to do everything today. Slow and steady wins the race!

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Setting the right goals for yourself takes some thought and consideration. Make sure to get your free PDF of 8 Questions to Ask When Setting Your Goals to help you stay on track.

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If you want more help with determining your goals or planning your year, check out these links to additional tips from some of my favorite bloggers:
Goal Planning Ideas for Bloggers by Elna Cain of Twins Mommy
6 Ways to Start Your New Year Well by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom
Goal Planning for Busy Moms by Monica of Redefining Mom

How To Set SMART Goals to Achieve Your Dreams (Plus SMART Goals Worksheet)

Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They’re Dreams…Make Them Come True By Setting SMART Goals Instead!

You’ve probably heard of SMART goals before…and that’s because it’s a formula that works.

Download the SMART Goals Worksheet to guide you through setting your own SMART Goals!

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According to a research study on goal setting by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. What a bummer!!!

Setting SMART Goals, in turn, provides a structure to self­-regulation by helping people to organize, prioritize and manage their motives (Affiliate Link – Shah & Kruglanski, Handbook of Motivation Science). They go on to describe detailed methods for structuring goals, which can be summarized for most of us within the SMART Goal Setting framework.

That’s some impressive science to back up goal setting! And yet it’s something we’re never taught exactly how to do. But the statistics don’t lie, and they make a strong argument for getting good at setting SMART goals and making a habit of it.

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A 1953 Harvard Business Study, which may or may not be the result of internet lore, found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation. Just another reason to get your SMART Goals Worksheet for free 🙂

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Here’s an overview of setting SMART Goals:

SPECIFIC – Your goal needs to be written out precisely & you need to know the WHY behind your goal…some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused.

For example, your goal might be to earn $1,000 per month through your side hustle to pay off all of your debt by the end of the year.

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MEASURABLE – This is where your journal comes into play. It works like a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you have actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then you won’t know when you have succeeded!

An example of a measurable goal would be “I want to deposit an additional 100 dollars per week to our bank account. I’ll accomplish this by writing five 500-word articles each week for a life coach.”

ACTIONABLE / ACHIEVABLE – There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable, where you do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.



Goals should also be achievable
or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, if there is a delegated task, know who will be responsible for doing it.

REALISTIC / RELEVANT – “R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be realistic or you will fail.

If you’re currently making $500 a week and your goal is to increase that to $12,500 in 90 days, that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase it by $300.

Once you achieve that milestone goal and are earning $800 a week, you can set a new goal to increase your income by another $500 a week or something similar.

Your goal should also be relevant to your life’s vision and match your values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your long-term life goals. You could instead use that time to reach goals that get you one step closer to actually reaching your life goals. So always ask yourself if the goal is relevant to your life goals.

TIME BOUND / TIMELY / TRACKABLE – Various authors refer to the “T” in the SMART goal setting framework as time-bound, timely or trackable. All of these T’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved.

To help you work through creating and setting SMART goals, download the SMART Goals Worksheet below!

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Quick Recap:

How do you set SMART Goals?

  1. Goals should be Specific
  2. Goals should be Measurable
  3. Goals should be Actionable/ Achievable
  4. Goals should be Realistic/ Relevant
  5. Goals should be Timebound/ Timely/ Trackable

I can’t wait to hear about your success at setting effective goals for yourself using the SMART Goals Worksheet!

 

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