How to Create Realistic Goals You Can Actually Achieve Even if You Struggle With Self-Discipline (Workbook Included)

May 15, 2019

Almost everybody you know (and their mama) has goals! Am I right? But out of all of these people, how many of them are actually turning their goals into reality? I can bet it's less than 8%. We know based on science that 91% of people who set goals never achieve them. There are many reasons for this and I'm sure you can attest to struggling with some of them including procrastination, giving up, making excuses, overthinking, fear, and self-doubt. Trust me, I know, the struggle is real!

Why is it so hard to turn your goals into reality? Why are so many people struggling to manifest their dream and live the life they know they can have? I say it's because they don't take action. We are all good planners, we can get creative and think of amazing strategies, but in order for our strategies to work, we have to become people of action. Most people don't follow through with their plans because their schedules are too full, their lives are too busy, and by the time they get around to tackling their goal they are simply too tired. I'll be honest, I've been there and that's how I know that you will never achieve your goals unless you become intentional about it.

There are some people that I talk to who say "I'm going to start pursuing my goals after I graduate" or "I don't have enough training, knowledge, or skills to pursue my goals so I'm going to keep training until I'm good enough." If you agree with either of these statements say "I". Alright now, for those of you who said "I" I'm going to help you see why this way of thinking is actually counterproductive and is working against what you're trying to accomplish.

With this belief (mindset) you're telling yourself that you have to be perfect before you start (and we all know perfection doesn't exist!). You're actually saying subconsciously that everything has to be in total alignment before you can take the leap of faith and start crushing your goal. This means that if you are 80% prepared you will disqualify yourself and continue to watch and wait on the sidelines while others with the same struggles and fears as you will proceed with caution. Do you want that to be your story? Do you want to remain on the sidelines dreaming, hoping, and wishing, but never actually doing anything to turn your goals into reality? No, I know you don't. So now I'm sure you can see how this mindset is actually a roadblock!

Don't hold yourself back from living the life that you know is possible for you. Don't allow yourself to sabotage or delay your progress. You don't need to read another book, attend another seminar, or enroll in another course. Start now with what you have. Trust, believe and bet on yourself and then create realistic goals you can actually achieve!

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Become Crystal Clear on The Following 4 Things:

1. What is the goal: To identify this you need to be very clear and specific. "I want to lose weight" is not specific. How much weight do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it? What will you do to lose the weight? What are you willing to change in order to get this result? How will you invest in yourself? Will you start doing DIY workouts at home or will you get a gym membership?

"I want to launch a business" is not specific. What kind of business? Will it be online or will you have a physical location? What type of person will benefit from your business?

*Make your goal very easy to understand so that when you set out to achieve it you'll know exactly what you're working towards and if you've hit it or not.

2. Count the cost: Think about what is required for you to attain this goal. Do you want to invest that much right now? Do you have the right tools, resources, and skills,? Are you willing to pay the price? Have you done your research? Do you know what your options are? How have others achieved this goal in the past? What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you not willing to sacrifice?

You have to know how much it cost and then decide if you're willing to pay for it. If losing 10 lbs is going to cost you sleep because you have to wake up early so that you can hit the gym before going to work, then you have to decide whether or not that is something you want to commit to.

*Write a list of everything your goal will cost you. It can include things like time with friends, eating out, and sleep. Once your list is complete be honest with yourself and write a Y for yes beside the things you're willing to sacrifice and N for no beside the things you're not will to sacrifice. This will help you to see how much you're actually willing to pay for your goal.

3. Who can help you: You need to find someone that will walk with you through this process. They will be your accountability partner. Their job is to follow up with you to make sure that you're in the gym when you say you're going to be there, working on your blog when you say you're going to work on it, and developing your business when you say you're going to be developing it.

You can find accountability in the form of a coach, mentor, or a really good friend who you admire and who you know will not let you off the hook easily. Whoever you chose to work with you to have to know 100% that they are ready and willing to fight with you to turn your goals into reality. They will not accept your excuses when you try to explain that you've had a hard week and you're too tired to go to the gym. They will not allow you to self- sabotage and continue to slug beneath your potential and purpose and they will not be too busy to check in with you on a consistent basis.

*Their primary role is to be your voice of reason when you start doubting yourself and to encourage and motivate you to keep going when the pressures of life cave in and you begin to feel like it's easier to quit than to keep going (trust me during your process you will feel this way). 

4. Time/schedule: Review your goal and examine how much time you'll need to get the results that you want. For example, to achieve your goal of losing 10 lbs you might strive to lose 2 lbs a week. With this plan, you'll start seeing results within 2-3 weeks and you will crush your goal in 5 weeks.  After you review how much time it will take to crush your goal look at how much time you actually have to dedicate to it and then make adjustments to your plan if you need to. For example, it will take 5 weeks to lose 10 lbs, but if you work with a coach you might be able to lose it in less time, or if you go to the gym twice a day instead of once a day you'll get faster results. So review the amount of time you're able to dedicate to your goal and then schedule it into your calendar or daily agenda.

*Try to schedule working on your goals when you have high energy levels so that it is easier to get started.

I've created an easy to follow step-by-step workbook that you can download for FREE to create your realistic goals and have a clear action plan to get started by the end of this week. I believe in you and I know that the vision that you have for your life is a promise of what you can experience in the future if you're willing to work for it. I believe that you're ready and it's time to blast off, so don't delay download a copy and get started today! Until next time, xo!

Theresa Forever
Founder, 6 Weeks 1 Goal

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