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How to set goals (and actually accomplish them!)

Each year, I’ve hit some of my biggest goals including relocating to a new state, buying a home, saving up a hefty savings account and more.

I’m a firm believer that goals without plans are just dreams. It’s simply not enough to create a vision board and scream your goals from the mountain-tops. Sorry sis, you need more!.

Here are my 3 tips when it comes to making goals that you actually accomplish.

No fluffy cotton tips included.

1. BE S.M.A.R.T. AS HECK

We’ve all heard of S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) which is a formula to setting goals.

Yeah, yeah… you want to lose weight but specifically HOW MUCH WEIGHT? BY WHEN? BY DOING WHAT?
Your goals should be measurable so you know exactly where and how you need to hit it. So instead of saying you want to lose weight, make it a goal that you want to lose 20lbs in 6 months *No Binge eating for yewwwww*

Last year, I made a goal to not just save up money but I put a number behind it. I told myself I wanted to save up $10,000 in 12 months by spending less.
Specific? Very.
Measurable? You betcha.
Attainable? Absolutely.
Realistic? Yup!
Timely? Mmmhmm.

2. BUILD HABITS BY CREATING SYSTEMS

One of my favorite books is Atomic habits By James Clear. I originally purchased the audio version and loved it so much that I purchased the actual book too!

In the book James talks about how to build habits that get you to your goal and more.

“You do not ride to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems”
-James Clear, Atomic Habits

You have to build systems that allow you to change your habits. For example, you can say you want to lose 20lbs… but you have to create a system and build healthy habits so you can actually lose the 20lbs. You know losing 20lbs requires you to smoke crack eat healthy and workout. So you need to build a system so you actually workout. You need to develop healthy habits so you aren’t binging on ice cream, pizza and cake every night.

For example, creating a system so every morning at 6am you go to the gym and workout for 45 minutes. Creating a system so every Sunday you meal prep healthy food for the week. Create a system that allows you to create good habits that will propel you to accomplish your goal.

Plus when you create systems and develop happy habits, you don’t fall off once the goal is achieved. If your goal is to lose 10lbs then once you hit that goal, you’ll continue to maintain your weight (instead of gaining it back plus more) because you’ve developed healthy habits.

For me, my goal was to spend less and save $10,000. I created habits like saving a specific amount each month and budgeting to get that goal. Once I hit that goal, I didn’t stop. It’s a habit now so I find myself still spending less and saving even more. I didn’t fall off once the goal was achieved.

3. AIM TO BECOME THAT PERSON, NOT THE RESULTS

In 2013, I lost 40lbs. While my goal was to lose the weight, I didn’t just want to lose it, I wanted to become healthy.

It’s not enough to say you no longer want to smoke. You have to tell yourself that you’re not a smoker. You have to change your identity.

In atomic habits, James Clear says every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to be. A single instance doesn’t define you. Just because you ate salad one day, doesn’t mean you’re now a healthy eater. Just because you worked out for one day at one time doesn’t make you an atheltic person. An atheletic person works out often. A healthy eater eats nutrious food often. If you want to actually accomplish your goals, you have to ask yourself “what would a *fill in the blank” person do?” … and do that.

What would an athletic person do?
What would a runner do?
What would an avid book reader do?

Don’t just commit to the results, commit to the identity and become that person.

Photos by Christina Jones Photography

2 thoughts on “How to set goals (and actually accomplish them!)”

  1. These are some really great tips! I never thought about #3 and actually trying to be the person instead of just achieving the goal. I signed up for the goal workbook too!

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