If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times. You don’t need it to be a new year, a new month, or even a new week to set new goals for yourself...
...But it certainly doesn’t hurt.
So, if you’re looking to elevate your self-growth, your biz, or your life as we head into the Fall season, we’ve got a few tips to help you on the road to success. Check ‘em out:
1. Make sure your goals are coming from the right place.
It’s tempting to do things out of a desire to please others (your parents, your friends, or even society as a whole), but, at the end of the day, a goal that is extrinsically motivating won’t give you enough of the juice you need to keep your engine running long-term. The key is to make sure the achievement you’re working towards is about YOU and ONLY you.
2. Get specific.
How can you get to where you want to go if you don’t know exactly where that is? The simple answer is: You can’t. That being said, we encourage you to take twenty to thirty minutes to put your vision onto paper. Write out every single detail you can think of. If you want to make more money this year, write down how much; if you want a new job role, write down which one and by which date you want to get it; if you want to run a marathon, research a race that resonates with you, decide how often you’re going to train, picture who you want to be there watching when you cross the finish line, and so on and so forth. The more details you can provide, the clearer of a picture you can paint.
Bonus Tip: Create a vision board that brings these details to life and put it in a place where you can see and be motivated by it every day.
3. Dream big, but dream smart.
There’s a lot of power in dreaming big. Visionaries like Virgil Abloh, Tom Ford, Yeezy, and Christian Dior would be the first to tell you that. But we also want it to be realistic (whether that be with the goal itself or the time frame in which you want to achieve it). This goes a long way in making sure you don’t get too frustrated, burnt out, and discouraged throughout the process (because, remember: good things don’t happen overnight).
4. Create a measuring system.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is being able to gauge whether or not you’re making progress. But it’s important to keep in mind that “progress” will look different for every person and for every goal. So, in the process of fleshing out your goals, ask yourself: “How will I
measure my progress?”, “What small milestones can I create to let me know that I’m moving in the right direction?”, and “What reward will I give myself once I reach each of these milestones?”.
5. Find an accountability partner.
Yes, your goals should absolutely be intrinsically motivated, but that doesn’t mean that your journey can’t involve the help of others. Find someone who is also setting a goal (or goals) for themselves and agree to team up! (This person doesn’t have to have the same or even similar goals as you, but a coinciding timeline is key). The person you choose should be someone you trust and someone who trusts you, because you’ll need to be honest with each other in order for this relationship to be mutually beneficial. After you’ve both set your goals, check in on each other at predetermined intervals, hype each other up, and celebrate each other’s milestones. Success is so much more enjoyed when shared with others!
Well, there you have it.
Time to make some moves, #Publishers!