"I have so many goals on my list. Where do I start?"
"I keep procrastinating. How do I start getting my goals accomplished?"
"I need help to find a way to focus on my goals. What do you recommend?"
"I'm beyond frustrated. I get nothing accomplished. Help!"
Life is, at times, a twisting path of unavoidable potholes around which you must navigate.
You've no doubt been through frustrating phases of your life where you thought your bad luck would never change back to good luck. Then, things chilled and you once again discovered the smoother, straighter road ahead.
Regardless of your journey and the speed bumps in your path, you must continue to make progress and challenge yourself to meet the goals you've set out for yourself.
Staying focused on what you want in life will keep your spirits high and bring you joy. It's the key to achieve your goals no matter what.
Use these tips to continue going for your goals even when life's road gets bumpy:
Know exactly what you're after in life.
What do you want your life to be like? When you're sure, you can then plan your activities over the short and long term to help you achieve your goals.
Keep your list of life goals short and to the point.
Some good examples of life goals are "Save 20% of my yearly earnings for kids' education, vacations and retirement," "Take budget-friendly vacations out of the country every 5 years," and "Retire when I'm 65 with $500,000 in the bank."
Infuse elements of achieving your goals into your everyday life.
Let's say one of your goals, a trip out of the country, will be to Australia 3 years from now. Have a couple of books about Australia laying around the house, on your coffee table and nightstand. Listen to music from Australia on your MP3. Watch television shows about Aussie land.
- Have reminders and tasks to do that are related to meeting your life goals throughout your home. Make your life goals part of your everyday life so that even when times get bumpy, you'll be able to keep your eyes on what's really important to you.
Talk positively to yourself.
It can be quite helpful to use positive self-talk. When you do, you'll be more likely to keep working toward your goals in life. Say something like, "I'm in a rough patch but I will still keep saving for my retirement and my kids' educations."
- Other examples of positive self-talk are "I can get through this challenging phase just like I did before," "As long as I keep moving forward, things will be okay," and "Life has in store many more wonderful adventures for me."
- Using positive self-talk will keep your spirits buoyed when you feel like you're floundering in choppy waters.
Reflect on your efforts in order to reinforce them.
Even though you may be struggling, think about what you accomplished just this week to achieve your goals. Maybe you made a couple of phone calls, explored the internet to gather information, or drew up a new budget to ensure you're on target for saving for your life goals.
- The fact is you did something. And recognizing that will reinforce your efforts in your quest to achieve your goals. You can excel in times of great challenge.
Keep working toward accomplishing your goals even though life will throw obstacles, speed bumps and potholes in your path.
Know what you're after and remember to stay focused. Make your life goals a part of your daily life and use positive self-talk. Reflect on everything you've done to keep moving forward (no matter how small).
If you apply these strategies, you'll accomplish whatever you want, no matter what.
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