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Practical Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals

1st September 2017

Practical Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals | (Photo of a piece of rainbow cake)

Reach your goals

I enjoy setting myself goals, it’s how I get stuff done and make progress in my life and work. After all, without a destination in mind, how will I know when I’ve arrived? Usually, I set myself a goal and then I break it down into smaller action steps, often forming habits to support me on my journey.

The difficulty, however, that many of us face is that no matter how much planning we do our daily tasks often take priority, meaning our goals get put to one side. In addition to this, we may find that as time passes our initial excitement and motivation can begin to fade.

If you find it difficult to stay on track, here are a few things you could try to help you reach your goals. Some may resonate and others may not, so it’s valuable to experiment to see what works best for you.

1. Maintain your focus and intention

Regularly think about your goals to remind yourself of why you want to reach them. This can be done in whatever way you prefer, from focusing on them each morning to including them in your daily journaling. You may even wish to watch or listen to goal-focused YouTube channels, guided meditations or podcasts. Whatever you decide, find what works for you and stick to it.

2. Create a vision board

Collect some images that sum up your goals and create a vision board to help you stay on track. It could include images, inspirational quotes, mantras or anything else that will support you with some creative visualisation. Having a visual reference point is a great way to stay focused and it can bring your goals to life.

3. Simplify your commitments

Look closely at your commitments and how you spend your time to see if anything can be tweaked, combined or removed. To do this you could list your weekly and monthly tasks under two headings: passions and obligations. That way if something isn’t joyful or essential you could consider letting it go.

4. Set some boundaries

Once you’ve simplified your schedule it’s good to protect your time. Without doing so you may find it gets taken up with something deemed more important. Never feel you must say yes to every invitation, offer or request – make bold choices about how you spend your time and set some boundaries to protect it. That way you’ll have more hours in the day to focus on your goals.

5. Be mindful of distractions

We all have things we can’t resist checking: news updates, email, social media etc. It’s prudent to establish your weaknesses so you can be mindful of when you’re being distracted. If you find it difficult to avoid procrastinating, there are many things you can try. These range from putting your phone on silent to turning off the wi-fi in your home (seriously, I’ve done this!). Your time is precious so don’t let the distractions win.

Practical Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals | | (photo of blossom)

6. Celebrate the small wins

As you work towards your goals it’s important to celebrate the journey, pausing to enjoy how far you’ve come. Whether you’ve completed a task or reached an objective, stopping to reflect is a positive thing to do. Celebrating the wins creates a healthy cycle, helping us to recharge and motivating us to push forward.

7. Find some cheerleaders

Involve family, friends, colleagues or even a coach or mentor because being accountable to others is motivating. Saying what you’d like to achieve can bring it to life and if your goals are met with a little enthusiasm it will motivate you further. If you’re feeling brave you could share your goals on social media, that way you’ll have a whole host of cheerleaders on your side!

8. Create some white space

White space is a time when nothing is planned and it can be used to do whatever takes your fancy. It’s great to have this buffer because it gives you the space to think, reflect and recharge. It can also be used to review where you are with your goals and to make any tweaks and changes if required. When you rest your body and mind it will prepare you for the next stage in your journey.

9. Practice self-compassion

Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, it will change your experience and better support you. Learn from your mistakes – it might simply mean you need to make a few changes. It’s good to acknowledge how far you’ve come and tweak your steps when required along the way.

10. Enjoy the journey

Although I think goals are valuable, it’s far more important to enjoy the journey, otherwise, we’ll effectively be wishing away our lives! Goals shouldn’t be set to prove ourselves, they should simply act as signposts to gently guide us in the right direction.

Further reading

How to avoid distraction when you’re striving for personal and professional success
Bring your dreams and goals to life with a vision board
How personal reflection can guide you in life and work

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day. Until next time, I’ll see you over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. fashionforlunch 1st September 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Thank you for this post! So many amazing tips here! It’s true! And you are so right about everything from distractions to goals to making space in your life to achieve those goals. Thank you xxxxx

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Kirsty, I’m pleased the post was helpful. Happy September to you! :)

  2. Lucy 1st September 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Very inspiring. I love September. I agree, it’s good to have some cheerleaders in life! X

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Thanks Lucy. It’s great to surround yourself with positive people, isn’t it? I hope you have a fabulous Friday!

  3. Geraldine 1st September 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    This is a great post for me as readjusting my career path at present but need to be more focused x

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much. How exciting – good luck with your career change!

  4. Fiona Duffy 1st September 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Lovely post! Definitely came at a great time for me as I’m battling the isolation of freelance love. Off to find me some cheerleaders :) :) Thank you x

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Fiona. I hope you find some! Have a lovely weekend. :)

  5. Lazy Daisy jones 1st September 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Fabulous tips I’m off to turn the wifi off genius thinking Natash thank you !
    Best Ashley xx

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Haha – it works, trust me! Have a great weekend, Ashley. :) :)

  6. susieherself 1st September 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    OOh this post has come at the perfect time for me!! Thanks so much!

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Sue. I’m so pleased it’s helpful. Good luck!

  7. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 1st September 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I am so ready to start thinking anew about my goals. My youngest starts school on Monday and it will be the first time in nearly seven years that I’ve had actual real time to think, dream and work. I don’t quite know where to start but these tips come at a brilliant time to get me thinking.

    • Natasha 1st September 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rachel. How exciting, good luck with your goal setting!

  8. Molly 3rd September 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of simplifying commitments and setting boundaries. This is definitely something I need to get better at.

    • Natasha 3rd September 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Molly. I hope you had a great weekend!

  9. Fresh Design Blog 4th September 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I am very much a list person and take great pleasure in ticking things off along the way. Celebrating small goals definitely helps.

    • Natasha 4th September 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much. I’m the same – I can’t live without my lists!

  10. Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 4th September 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    As always, such a useful post. Thanks Natasha, I always need reminders especially re boundaries! x

    • Natasha 4th September 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Lottie. I hope your week got off to a great start!

  11. Alice Judge-Talbot 5th September 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I’ve just done some goal-setting so this couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you so much!

    • Natasha 6th September 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Thanks, Alice. I’m pleased you found it helpful – good luck with your goals.

  12. Ruchi gupta 8th September 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the sharing all the tips. All contents were expressed in a clear n simplified manner n it was meaningful too. You are a marvelous writer. Good work!

    • Natasha 13th September 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Thank you for your kind comment, I’m pleased you found the post helpful. I hope you’re having a great week.

  13. Asmi Bajaj 22nd September 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of creating white space and celebrating small wins

    • Natasha 24th September 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

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