How To Stay On Track With Your Goals
So whether you are reading this midway through February, or with a month left in the year, there is a good chance that you have broken your New Years resolution.
Why do you think that this is?
For some, you may have set yourself a goal that your mind does not believe to be accessible.
For others, you may have just relied merely on will power.
Perhaps you didn't want to achieve the goal enough.
But today we want to look at a solution to getting through the day-to-day.
I mean, what do you do when will-power deserts you and overwhelm takes over?
The answer in itself may be quite easy: simple habits.
The thing is with habits is that we are not relying on will power.
Whatever your goal:
To stop buying clothes weekly (or anything else you are trying to give up that you love doing/having such as daily Starbucks).
To create a successful business (or any other project that seems just as large).
Habits can help you get there.
Step 1: Tune into the next version of you.
How do they live? Act? Show up?
The next version of you is the version of you who has already accomplished what it is you want to achieve.
By tuning into this idea of you, you can think freely and without resistance.
Not to mention it is a great visualisation technique.
This step also will help you outline the steps you need to do to get there as you can 'work back' from the ultimate goal.
So for example, let's say you want to lose weight. Great. So what does the next version of you look like? What are their habits?
By thinking this way, you may discover that you would eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day or that you would drink 3-5 litres of water per day.
These takeaways are actionable. They give you a starting point.
Step 2: Outline the steps needed to get there.
So as I said, visualising that next version of you helps you work back to see the habits that you formed.
So note them down.
Take a pen and paper and write down the habits you need to form.
The 'current self vs future self' exercise can make this easier for you.
This exercise is enjoyable and can be a great help during the 'thinking process'.
You open a double spread page in your notebook and on one side you write 'current self', and on the other side you write 'future self'.
You then note down all the things about yourself now and then decide how your future self would approach them.
So for example, the version of you now, may care a lot about their family, this is good, this is something you would also like to 'carry over' to the next version of you.
However, the fact you snack all day and never eat a proper meal may not be something the next version of you would do. So note down what they would do e.g. eat nourishing meals.
Step 3: Identify the next (small) natural step.
This step is relatively simple. You want to identify the next natural step for you to take.
So out of the whole list of things that the next version of you would do; think about the one that resonates with you the most.
If we continue with the idea of drinking more water, then that you could be your next natural step.
Step 4: Break it down into steps that seem so insignificant and that you are unintimated by.
Finally, you will want to break THIS step down into even smaller action points.
Here is an example using the idea of drinking more water:
Purchase a new water bottle that makes you feel inspired to drink.
Try to drink 500ml more than you usually would.
Use a habit app to track growth.
Set reminders throughout the day.
Can you see that there is always a smaller step to break your goal into? Keep breaking it down until the task does not overwhelm or intimidate you. Moving forward is a whole load better than remaining still, or worse stopping altogether.
You now have a plan...
So that is it, simple right? You no longer have to rely on that flaky will power. Habit formation and habit building is the way forward.
And you can do this with any goal you may have whether it is business or personal.
You have a plan now, and by simplifying the steps takes away all overwhelm.
You think big occasionally and then focus on the little and consistent steps daily.
Let us know how you get on via Instagram!
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is a keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurious destinations.