By Eboni Elise
It’s July and half of the year is gone. Do you remember those goals you set at the beginning of 2016? The ones you were so excited to start on. You probably even made a vision board that’s sitting under a pile of magazines in the corner. So what’s up? Not making much progress? Are those goals gathering dust and cob webs on the back shelf of your mind? Don’t claim defeat on what you want to do. The year ain’t over yet! You still have time and I’ll help you get there but you must be serious about it. It’s time to put your game face on.
If what you are currently doing isn’t working then it’s time to readjust. To get different results, you need to do something different. Starting now.
1. Are we clear here? You need to be crystal clear about what you want to do. For example, saying that your goal is to save money is not specific enough to make significant progress. There are many ways to save money but which way do you want to try? How much money do you want to save and for what? Be as specific as possible and write it down. A better goal is “I want to save $600 for my girl trip by the end of the year.” Again, write it down and put it in several places to remind you of it daily. It’s time to dust off that vision board and put it on the refrigerator, in your room, as the lock-screen photo on your phone (wherever you will see it every day).
2. Are you doing the most? (For those non-urbanistas, I’m not asking are you doing the best you can, I’m asking if you’re doing too much.) Having several goals that you want to achieve all at once can be a bit too much. It’s a surefire way to be overwhelmed if you are trying to lose weight, find a new job, redecorate your house, and learn how to meditate all in the same time frame. Prioritize and focus on 1 goal to work on for the next 30 days.
3. Really, girl, really? So you want to lose 20 pounds? Cool. Within a week? Are you trying to kill yourself?!? That’s not realistic and may be the reason why you don’t even want to get up off the couch. Readjust your goal to something you know you are able to do within a given timeframe. Given your availability and effort you are able to put forth, create a goal that is a better fit instead of one that seems impossible to achieve.
4. Cut it. Cut it. Cut it. Cue “Cut It” by OT Genasis on this one. Break your goal into small action steps. It will definitely get you back on track. Let’s take the weight loss goal in #3. Instead of concentrating on losing 20lbs, just focus on losing 2 pounds each week for the next 2 months. Track your progress on a calendar or your smartphone. Cutting it down and seeing the progress you make each week is a much easier way to focus on getting to the finish line.
5. Who’s Your Accountability Partner? It’s hard to be disciplined when achieving a goal. Find someone who will hold you accountable. The best accountability partners are those who have already achieved a goal you are currently reaching for. Having someone who is also working towards the same goal can be great as well but if you’re anything like one of my besties, you may end up having a partner who will help you throw in the towel instead of pushing you to do better. (Me: Are we still going to the 7am church service tomorrow? I’ve had a long day today and I need to rest. I may skip this time. Bestie: Yep, me too. Let’s just plan to watch it online again this week and say an extra prayer).
6. You Scurred? Just do it. You have to start somewhere. Not doing anything will only make you feel more miserable by the time you ring in 2017. And you’ll be hatin with everyone else who thinks new goals and resolutions are a waste of time while the rest of us goal diggers are ready to conquer more. Don’t fall into the trap! You’ve got 6 more months! It’s not too late! You can start something today to work towards your goal. Don’t let fear get in the way. Veronica can attest to this in her post The Other Side of Fear.
So get to it. You got this! What are you going to do to get back on track?