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Practical Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals

1st September 2017
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‘A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Although we still have a few weeks left of the season, September always feels like the beginning of autumn, full of hope and anticipation. And with a new school and university term about to commence, now is the perfect time to do some goal planning.

The difficulty with setting goals is no matter how much planning we do our daily tasks often take priority, meaning our goals get put to one side. In addition to this, many of us get distracted and as time passes our initial excitement and motivation can begin to fade.

If, like me, you find it difficult to stay on track, here are a few things to support you. Some may resonate and others may not, so it’s valuable to find out what works for you and to follow your own path. If there’s one thing I can sure be sure of, it’s that I’ll be celebrating every one of my small wins with some cake!

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1. Maintain your focus

Regularly think about your goals and remind yourself of why you want to reach them. This can be done in whatever way suits you, from focusing on them each morning, to including them in your daily journaling. You may even wish to listen to goal focused guided meditations and positive and uplifting music and podcasts. Whatever you decide, find what works for you and stick to it.

2. Create a vision board

Find some images that sum up your goal and create a vision board to help you to stay on track. It could include images, inspirational quotes, mantras or anything else that will support you with some creative visualisation. Having a visual reference point is a great way to stay focused.

3. Simplify your commitments

Look closely at your commitments and how you spend your time to see if anything can be tweaked, combined or removed. To do this you could list your weekly and monthly tasks under two headings: passions and obligations. That way if something isn’t joyful or essential you could consider letting it go. Further reading: how to simplify your life.

4. Set some boundaries

Once you’ve simplified your schedule it’s good to protect your time. Without doing so you may find it gets taken up with something deemed more important. Never feel you must say yes to every invitation, offer or request. Feel confident in making bold choices about how you spend your time and set boundaries to protect it. That way you’ll have more time to focus on your goals.

5. Be mindful of distractions

We all have things we can’t resist checking: news updates, email, social media etc. It’s good to establish your weaknesses so you can be mindful of being distracted. If you find it difficult to avoid procrastinating, there are many things you can try. These range from putting your phone on silent to turning off the wi-fi in your home (seriously, I’ve done this!). Your time is precious so don’t let the distractions win! Further reading: six ways to spend less time online.

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6. Celebrate the small wins

As you work towards your goals it’s important to celebrate the journey, pausing to enjoy how far you’ve come. Whether you’ve completed a task or reached an objective, stopping to reflect is a positive thing to do. Celebrating the wins creates a healthy cycle, helping us to recharge and motivating us to push further.

7. Find some cheerleaders

Involve family, friends or colleagues because being accountable to others is extremely empowering. Saying what you’d like to achieve brings it to life and if your goals are met with a little enthusiasm it will motivate you further. If you’re feeling really brave you could share your goals on social media, that way you’ll have a whole host of cheerleaders on your side! Further reading: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.

8. Create some white space

White space is a time where nothing is booked in and it can be used to do whatever takes your fancy. It’s great to have this buffer because it gives you space to think, reflect and recharge. It can also be used to review where you are with your goals and to make tweaks and changes if required. Resting your body and mind will prepare you for the next stage in the journey.

9. Practice self-compassion

Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism, it will change your experience and help you to move forward. Learn from your mistakes – it might simply mean you need to make a few changes. Always acknowledge how far you’ve come and tweak your plans when required along the way.

10. Enjoy the journey

Although I think goals are valuable, it’s far more important to enjoy the journey. Otherwise, we’ll effectively be wishing away our lives! Goals shouldn’t be set to prove ourselves, they should simply act as sign posts to gently guide us in the right direction. Remember that it’s okay to fail because there’s always value and wisdom to be gained from the experience. Further reading: the benefit of embracing flow in life and work.

In my September e-newsletter, I’ve shared a small exercise on goal setting. If you’d like to receive monthly updates please join my mailing list.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

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26 Comments

  • Reply fashionforlunch 1st September 2017 at 7:22 am

    Thank you for this post! So many amazing tips here! It’s true! And you are so right about everything from distractions to goals to making space in your life to achieve those goals. Thank you xxxxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks so much Kirsty, I’m pleased the post was helpful. Happy September to you! 🙂

  • Reply Lucy 1st September 2017 at 8:20 am

    Very inspiring. I love September. I agree, it’s good to have some cheerleaders in life! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thanks Lucy. It’s great to surround yourself with positive people, isn’t it? I hope you have a fabulous Friday!

  • Reply Geraldine 1st September 2017 at 10:42 am

    This is a great post for me as readjusting my career path at present but need to be more focused x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks so much. How exciting – good luck with your career change!

  • Reply Fiona Duffy 1st September 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely post! Definitely came at a great time for me as I’m battling the isolation of freelance love. Off to find me some cheerleaders 🙂 🙂 Thank you x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you, Fiona. I hope you find some! Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Lazy Daisy jones 1st September 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Fabulous tips I’m off to turn the wifi off genius thinking Natash thank you !
    Best Ashley xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Haha – it works, trust me! Have a great weekend, Ashley. 🙂 🙂

  • Reply susieherself 1st September 2017 at 4:08 pm

    OOh this post has come at the perfect time for me!! Thanks so much!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Sue. I’m so pleased it’s helpful. Good luck!

  • Reply Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 1st September 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I am so ready to start thinking anew about my goals. My youngest starts school on Monday and it will be the first time in nearly seven years that I’ve had actual real time to think, dream and work. I don’t quite know where to start but these tips come at a brilliant time to get me thinking.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st September 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Rachel. How exciting, good luck with your goal setting!

  • Reply Molly 3rd September 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I love the idea of simplifying commitments and setting boundaries. This is definitely something I need to get better at.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd September 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks, Molly. I hope you had a great weekend!

  • Reply Fresh Design Blog 4th September 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Great tips! I am very much a list person and take great pleasure in ticking things off along the way. Celebrating small goals definitely helps.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th September 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m the same – I can’t live without my lists!

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 4th September 2017 at 3:57 pm

    As always, such a useful post. Thanks Natasha, I always need reminders especially re boundaries! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th September 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Lottie. I hope your week got off to a great start!

  • Reply Alice Judge-Talbot 5th September 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve just done some goal-setting so this couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you so much!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th September 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thanks, Alice. I’m pleased you found it helpful – good luck with your goals.

  • Reply Ruchi gupta 8th September 2017 at 11:42 am

    Thank you so much for the sharing all the tips. All contents were expressed in a clear n simplified manner n it was meaningful too. You are a marvelous writer. Good work!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th September 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you for your kind comment, I’m pleased you found the post helpful. I hope you’re having a great week.

  • Reply Asmi Bajaj 22nd September 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I like the idea of creating white space and celebrating small wins

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th September 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you!

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