This is a guest blog post by Enterprising Mom, Stacey Poehler, Director at Beautycounter
After the big win for Atlanta United, the word “GOOOOOOOOAL” may have a different meaning around the ATL, but for many of us, it still represents something we start thinking about this time of year. After experimenting with goal setting and attainment over the last few years, I thought I would offer our readers, and fellow enterprising moms, some tried and true tips for making your goals a reality in 2019.
Don’t Wait for the Hard Reset
The natural progression of time and start of a new year has always gone hand in hand with resolutions, or goals, and many of us use the new year as the time for a hard reset, particularly when it comes to health and wellness. In reality, though, each day represents a time to start fresh and commit to something new. With health-related goals like weight loss or working out, people often vow to begin again on Monday after they go off track, but how much more successful would you be if you looked at each day as a new beginning, or how about each meal? That kind of approach would probably help you reach your goals a lot faster, right?
Habit stacking is the notion of doing small things to achieve a big goal. Experts believe it takes us 21-days of repetitive action to turn something into a habit. Think about your goal and some of the things you will need to do to get there. If your goal is for your family to eat healthier in 2019, throwing out everything in your pantry, swearing off all fast-food, and banning juice and soda on January 1st will most likely backfire in the long run. With habit stacking, you start small, pick one thing and then add another in 3 to 4 weeks later. So, in this instance, you might start by having everyone swap out their usual lunchtime beverage with water for a month and then add in swapping a piece of fruit for a bag of chips the following month, and so on. Slowly changing things allows people to adjust more easily and increases the likelihood of goal achievement.
Accountability Partners or Groups
Many of us, and particularly entrepreneurs, often feel like they have to go at it alone. If you own your own business and mostly work by yourself, setting goals for the year and holding yourself to the expectations needed to meet those goals can be quite difficult. Many people find success in pairing up with others who share a similar goal – either in a one-to-one partnership or in a small group. Having others hold you accountable for the goals you set for yourself is often the motivation that is needed to stay on track and find success. Sometimes this might even be as simple as just putting your goal out there on social media so that you know that others are now watching to see if you can do it.
Establishing a new routine is easier said than done, however, if you have a very specific goal that you’re working towards, sometimes just making it part of your day, every day can help you get there. This is especially helpful in the area of exercise. If you can set a time to work out each day, you will be more likely to do it. This might be when you first wake up in the morning, after you get your children off to school, or right after work, but if you start to do it at the same time every day, it will get easier and easier to meet your exercise goals for the year.
My last tip for achieving your goals in 2019 manifests itself in two ways. The first is visual monitoring. Many people find that simply tracking a new habit or goal can be very motivating. Whether it be a calendar where you give yourself a star on the days that you sit down and cold call potential clients for an hour or a fitness tracking device like an Apple Watch or FitBit, sometimes just having a means to visually track a goal can motivate you to get there. The second aspect of this is actual visualization. Many do this by creating a dream or vision board that they hang in their offices and some do it through daily self-affirmations. Simply writing your goals each day, as if you have already succeeded, has been known to help in goal achievement.
In conclusion, the most important thing you can do to achieve your goals this year is give yourself grace. Sometimes we face obstacles that are out of our control. Sometimes we set the bar too high and realize it and instead of lowering the bar a little, we drop it completely. Sometimes we grow and change and the goals we had for ourselves need to be revised. The most important thing you can do in any of these instances is to forgive yourself and move on. Dwelling on missteps and failures will only hold you back. Get out of your own way, get going on your 2019 goal list, and grab your cheerleaders who will be there for you next December to proclaim, “GOOOOOOOOAL” when you do it!
Stacey Poehler is a Director with Beautycounter, a certified B-corp which advocates for safer products in the personal care industry in the U.S. and Canada. In this role, she educates and consults with clients on choosing safer products and cheers on her team of consultants who do the same. For more information on the mission of Beautycounter, please visit: https://www.beautycounter.com/staceypoehler
Stacey manages an active Facebook community where she teaches others about her passions including health, wellness, and living a life with purpose and meaning. She specializes in helping others meet goals in these areas through educational and motivational content. Her group, The More We Know, The Better We Do can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/themoreweknowthebetterwedo/
Stacey loves playing tennis, running, and walking her rescued Black Lab, Poppy. Originally from New York and Massachusetts, Stacey moved to Milton, Georgia with her husband and three daughters in 2014. She is an active parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and enjoys volunteering at school and in her community. Follow Stacey on Instagram for the full scoop on balancing family, work, and life at: https://www.instagram.com/staceypoehler/
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