4 Easy and Practical Ways to Achieve Your Goals
The New Year has begun, and I’m in the midst of organization and decluttering! Every year after the holidays as I assess my mess, I go through my closets, drawers and bins to purge the old and find new space for the beautiful gifts I have received this year. Many times it is just a matter of admitting I haven’t worn or used something in the past year, so why not pass it on and allow someone else to get use out of it.
It is also an excellent time to assess what worked or didn’t work this past year. Change can be uncomfortable, but it can also be rewarding because it shows me where I need to grow and improve in areas of my life to bring peace, joy, love and fulfillment to myself while being an example for others. How do you improve if you are not willing to take a hard, honest look at yourself?
Last year I set some short-term goals along with some long-term goals, and it was pretty useful for me. I took some time to write out my goals and even did a checklist for myself so that I could stay on task. It was rewarding when I knew I had completed my short-term goals and this process helped keep me on task to finish my long term goals. I wish I could say I was successful in achieving all my goals, but admitting my weaknesses has made me commit to being even more diligent in accomplishing my goals for 2017.
Last year for Christmas, I asked for the iBloom life and business planner after hearing about this product from my blogger friends. My daughter gave it to me for Christmas, and I love it! I am so excited because this planner does what I tried to accomplish for myself last year, but the work is already laid out and done. All I have to do is fill in the spaces. This planner made me answer some questions I hadn’t thought about for my business plan and helped me to create a vision and a daily plan. It is a great tool which will help me achieve my goals and help me keep my sanity!
In my last post, I shared my word for this year is diligent. When we are diligent in pursuing the things we want in various aspects of our lives, we can expect results. If you try to start a fire by making a spark over and over again, you will start a fire. It may not be today, but if you are diligent, it will happen. I’ve learned when I have been discouraged, scattered or overwhelmed; it is because there was diligence lacking somewhere in my life.
For example, I won’t be successful in being healthy if I’m not diligent about what I put or don’t put in my mouth. I can’t expect my book to launch itself if I’m not diligent about setting time aside to do re- writes, edits and market it. I can’t expect to hear from God if I’m not diligent about taking the time to listen. I’m sure you get the idea by now.
The point is if we don't know or define the truth for ourselves, we can't get upset or… Click To TweetThe point is if we don’t know or define the truth for ourselves, we can’t get upset or frustrated when we don’t accomplish our goals because of our lack of diligence. So what are some ways we can stay diligent?
Organize: To be diligent, you need to be organized. Whether it is your time or space if you aren’t willing to set-up, clean-up or commit to organizing yourself to meet your goals then chances are you will fail. Diligence means keeping your nose to the grindstone. Goals aren’t something done on a whim in a day. They take persistence, willpower, and stamina. You can’t afford to devote all your effort to something where you haven’t set up a system to succeed.
Invest: Pursuing diligence helps get the outcome you are seeking. There is nothing as rewarding as seeing a successful result when you have put the time and effort into accomplishing what you set out to do. The personal gratification is sweeter when you know what you have invested in getting where you are. Hard work and sacrifice can be costly and down-right painful at times, but the investment does pay off.
Resist Temptation: This one is a biggie. There is nothing worse than almost getting to your goal through hard work and diligence and then giving in to fear, tiredness, distraction, anger, and whatever else gets thrown in your way. It is hard when it seems everyone else around you is reaching their goals or well on their way and you seem to be sitting in cement. Remember, you are not them. You don’t know how much work they have done to get where they are. Don’t assume anything. Instead, cheer them on! Let it be your motivation to keep pursuing your goals with diligence.
Accountability: Ask someone to be your accountability partner. I’m not saying a “nag,” but someone who is willing to check in and ask you the hard questions. It would be even better if they are looking for someone to reciprocate on their behalf. Sometimes, it is just a matter of throwing the question out there to see if anyone is looking for an accountability partner. Being an accountability partner isn’t about making the other person responsible for making sure you reach your goal. An accountability partner is knowing you have asked someone to make you accountable towards your goal.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, work-related, or school-related. You can apply it in every situation. I remember when I was young and learning to ride a bike. I was horrible. I could not keep my balance at all. Every time I’d start to pedal I would get a half turn and crash. My dad was patient, but he had taught me everything he could and the rest was up to me. I didn’t know it at the time, but these same principles were applied as I learned how to ride my bike.
- I learned if I put my bike on a little slope it gave me an advantage as I peddled. However, I had to get organized before I could do it.
- I had to be diligent and invest time. Other kids seemed to hop on their bikes and start riding right away. Me, not so much! However, my investment paid off eventually.
- I wanted to quit! I was so frustrated because I couldn’t get the knack of pedaling and keeping my balance for months! I was at a point I would have rather walked anywhere than ride that stupid bike.
- I knew my Dad was going to ask me when he got home from work if I had practiced riding my bike. I remember the day I couldn’t wait for him to get home so I could show him that I finally had learned to ride my bike. My goal was complete! He was proud, but I was even prouder because my diligence paid off.
I know not many of you are learning to ride a bike, but the lessons we learned long ago still stick with us. Whatever you are sorting out, assessing, learning and asking yourself, remember being diligent is key to your success in every area of your life. May your diligence give you a sweet reward!