As a Success & Productivity coach for busy women, I have the joy of working with some of the most ambitious women I’ve ever met. These are women who recognize that if they want to reach the next level in their life they really need to spend their time in the best way possible.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day at our disposal so why do some people create crazy successful lives and others seem to stay stuck in one place?
Time management is what it all boils down to. How do you know how to spend your time? By knowing what your goals are.
I always tell my clients that if they truly want to design the version of them self that they want, then setting crystal clear goals is non-negotiable.
Just as setting goals in the first place, physically writing down your goals is also non-negotiable. Unless you aren’t 100% committed to designing a truly meaningful, productive life.
Because writing down a goal requires that you’ve put some thought into what it is you want to accomplish in your life. It makes you pause for a moment and decide what you want to spend your time and energy on.
Setting specific goals and writing them down also allows you to form a connection between this abstract thought you had inside your brain and the actions you will now take on a daily basis.
When you aren’t feeling motivated to work on your goal or are becoming less focused on your WHY for setting the goal in the first place, you can easily see your goal on paper and know that it is important to you.
It’s like your goal is staring you in the face, saying, “Hey, remember me? I’m what you said you wanted so badly not too long ago. Are you going to make this happen or what? I’m tired of just being stuck on this piece of paper!”
It’s a way for you to call yourself out when you begin lying to yourself. “Oh, that goal? No I haven’t achieved it yet….but I didn’t really want to anyway. It just wasn’t working.” Oh really? Then why is it written down on paper with a due date?
This goal meant enough to you in the moment to write it down and begin feeling the energy and excitement of achieving it. Don’t push those feelings away; you thought them for a reason. Don’t abandon them.
Writing down your goals is the first step to holding yourself accountable. Only you can make your dreams come true. So don’t let that voice in your head sabotage you when the energy runs dry.
Know your WHY (how will this goal improve your life?)
Try to outsmart your future self ahead of time. You know there will be days when you feel tired, sluggish, afraid you can’t reach the goal, burnt out and just want to give up.
Maybe you need to write out your goal list every day.
Maybe you need to write your goals on post-it notes and put them everywhere.
Maybe you need to make a vision board.
Think ahead and plan some detours to get around any roadblocks that may occur. Just don’t stop moving!
No matter how slow you go, you will always beat the person who isn’t taken any action.
Now get back to goal-digging! You've got this!