7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  Achieving the goals you set can be hard. Put your failures behind you and set yourself on the path to success with these 7 steps for reaching your goals. 7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals ~ Tipsaholic.com #goals #resolutions #achievement


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Making goals is easy, but reaching them is tough, and all the planning in the world won’t make a difference until you take the first step. These seven steps are sure to put you on the path to success, even if you’ve had trouble reaching your goals in the past. Start today and these guidelines will help you keep your motivation up and your eyes on the prize.


Make goals you actually want to reach

You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you aren’t excited about your goal. Make sure it’s something you really want and you’re really ready for, and that you know what you’re going to have to do to reach it. Make sure to not make so many goals that you can’t spare the time each goal requires.


Start small

Try not to put your focus on the “ultimate” version of your goal. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go from no exercise to an hour of exercise each day, or you’ll quickly lose your motivation. Start so small that you can’t possibly find a reason to say “no.” Choose a simple exercise and plan to do it for just five minutes. You can start working up once it becomes a daily habit.


Take it one step at a time

Don’t try to tackle every aspect of your goal at once. If you make a goal to eat healthy, don’t immediately eliminate everything unhealthy – you’re sure to feel deprived, which is likely to lead to strong cravings, which are likely to lead to binges. Start by removing one type of food and then another in a month or so when you’ve had time to adjust.


Make a schedule

You’ll need to make a schedule if your goal requires time outside of your normal daily activities, or it just won’t happen. Sit down and figure out where in your day you can fit a few minutes to work on your goal. Before bed? After work? Could you get up a little earlier? Pencil it in and don’t let other things take priority over it.


Carry some kind of reminder

Sometimes you might just need a little reminder to keep you focused on your goal. Buy a special bracelet, leave a post it note on your mirror, add a sticker to the corner of your phone, or even just put a rubberband around your wrist – anything that you can use to represent your efforts and become a visual support whenever you find yourself slipping.


Make it fun

No matter the goal, you’re not likely to continue if you’re not having fun along the way. If your goal is to learn to cook, don’t just read books about it or watch cooking shows all day. Get up and try it. Make your own tutorial. Teach someone else the process. Take pictures of your progress. Celebrate your successes with little rewards. Whatever it takes to keep you interested!


Keep track of your progress and reward your wins

You won’t know how close you are to your goal unless you keep track of your progress. Use a journal, a chart on the wall, a document on your computer, or an app on your phone as visual reminders of your success. If you’ve broken your goal into smaller parts as suggested above, reward yourself when you reach each of them! Get that scarf you’ve been dying to buy when you lose five pounds or have a girls’ night out when you finish your first 10-mile bike ride. These things will keep you motivated and working towards your larger goals until, at long last, you reach them.


Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.


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How to Keep That New Year’s Motivation: 5 Simple Tips

It’s been a month since we made our New Year’s resolutions — time to take stock: how are your resolutions coming?  Most resolutions are abandoned within 10 days of making them!  If you want to get over your metaphorical hurdles and master your goals, staying motivated is key!  So how do you keep that drive you had early in the year?  For starters, follow these 5 simple tips!

How to Keep That New Year's Motivation - Tipsaholic.com

How to Keep that New Year's Motivation

1. Think small and simple 

The larger the goal, the more unattainable it seems.  All resolutions take work, but if you bite off a huge bite, you’ll never be able to chew it all at once!  So break it down and make it simple.  Work backwards.  Think about your overall goal and figure out what will lead you there.  Then take that secondary goal and divide it into smaller steps you can take to reach it.  Do this as many times as necessary, breaking your ultimate goal into as many small, simple steps as you can.  A basic, step-by-step approach will be much more manageable than trying to do everything at once.

2. Set it in stone

So to speak.  Writing your goals down serves a three-fold purpose.  First, writing things down makes them much more concrete. Goals begin to have form and substance when they’re not just a thought in your head.  Second, you’ll have something to refer to so you can remember all of your mini-goals; your step-by-step approach.  Third, there’s nothing more satisfying than putting a solid check mark next to the things you accomplish!  Write your ultimate goal at the top, and each smaller goal beneath.  Look at this list often.  Tape it up where you can see it daily: on a bathroom mirror, on the fridge, or right by your bed.

3. Talk it out

Tell your family and friends about your plans.  Don’t keep it all bottled up!  It might be something highly personal, but sharing makes the work easier.  Ask someone you trust to help you focus and hold yourself accountable.  That way, not only will you have someone to talk to about your progress, your regression, your mistakes and triumphs, but that person can also help you refocus, regroup and recharge when you lose sight of the endgame.  Find others who are working towards the same goals.  Whatever your resolutions may be, there’s bound to be someone else working toward the same things.  The more you talk about your goals and progress, the more likely you are to find someone who shares them.  Talk it up on Facebook.  Talk it up with family and friends and at church and work.  Ask around.  Seek out “groups” and “communities” that serve your ultimate purposes so you can help each other.

4. Be positive

Don’t let yourself be dragged down by negativity.  Do all you can to surround yourself with positive thinkers, positive actions, and positive thoughts and mottoes.  Print out your favorite quotes and create an inspiration board.  Read these affirming thoughts daily.  Positive words, thoughts, and actions will lead to a more can-do attitude.

5. Reward yourself

Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for a job well done!  Whenever you’re able to check off a mini-goal, a larger goal, and finally your ULTIMATE goal, give yourself positive rewards that are meaningful to you.  For goals that are particularly hard to accomplish, step up the reward — make sure the rewards match the corresponding goals met.  Rewards can be anything from allowing yourself to download extra music off iTunes when you meet a workout goal, to getting yourself a new wardrobe piece whenever you meet a weight goal, to putting the kids to bed 5 minutes early a few times to give yourself a “break”.  Anything you connect with, that you desire, and that speaks to you can be a reward.


Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com