You know that feeling when you set a goal for yourself and you really want to achieve it… but somehow it never quite gets off the ground?
You start beating yourself up and soon you just feel negative about the whole goals and resolutions thing.
Why even bother if you’re going to fail anyway, right?
We used to feel that way too.
But a few years ago we figured out the missing ingredient when it comes to setting goals that are really going to happen.
A game plan.
You can have the best goals in the world but without a written plan of action you’ll struggle to reach them.
The good news is, we’ve created a printable Action Sheet for you and a few tips to make it super easy.
Designing your Plan of Action:
1. Choose a goal that’ll make a big difference to your happiness.
2. Write down any ideas you have for giving your goal lift-off.
3. Print off an Ideas Into Action sheet and write the first three steps you’ll take and (very importantly) when you’ll do each one. Look at your calendar. Ink it in now!
The sooner you take action on a goal the better, no matter how small.
Only think about the first step, then the next. Taking baby steps will save you from getting overwhelmed.
It’s tempting to want to dive in and work on a bunch of goals at once, but that’ll make you crazy.
You might want to choose one doing goal (like being on top of your meal planning each week), one being goal (like being patient with your kids) and one long term goal you need to get started on now (like wearing shorts in public by summer!).
Here’s an example of how an Ideas Into Action sheet might look:
Life area: Health
Goal: I weigh ______ and I look and feel amazing on the beach on our trip.
Step 1: Call the gym and see if I can reactivate my membership without paying fees again. When? At 10am tomorrow morning. (Now set yourself a reminder)
Step 2: See if Karen wants to have a running date with me once a week. When? I’ll see her at school later today and ask her then.
Step 3: Find healthy recipes and plan out my meals. When? Saturday afternoon when the kids are at the birthday party. (Schedule it in!)
Sometimes you won’t know step two until you’ve done step one. That’s ok! There’s no absolute formula for this, only that you take one step right after the other.
This only works if you do the work!
You get back out of life what you put in. (click to Tweet!)
Put on your figure it out hat and print off a Problem Solver Action Sheet. Write down your A’s to our Q’s. The magic happens when you get it out of your head and onto paper. You’ll realise that you do have the answers.
Whether you’ve been following this 4-part Goal Setting for Busy Mothers series in real-time, or are just jumping in now – fantastic! There’s no right or wrong way.
Next week we’ll give you some hacks that really make goals stick – use them and you’ll become a great goalkeeper!
There’s nothing quite like a kick-up-the-butt to keep you on track. Sign up here for our Monday Motivator – and we’ll also send you the Life Wheel Tool that’ll help you figure out which areas of your life need your focus first. There’s no catch. We won’t spam you or share your details with anyone else. Girl Scout’s honour. Just pop your details into the box and be sure to look for the confirmation email. It might be in your junk folder, so get it outta there!
Like what you’ve read? Please click one of the social media buttons below to help spread the Project Me word!
In the comments below tell us one (or more!) of your top goals and the three steps you’ll take to get started. We’re here cheering you on!