With 2017 is in full swing, many made New Year Resolutions at the end of last year. And, if you are anything like Unstoppable Traveling Mom, your lofty New Year Resolutions needed a plan. If your plans range from travel to getting fit, read on for 4 easy tips to Achieve Your Goals.
Breaking It Down: Achieve Your Goals
As the mom of the KelloggShow family, my goals range from getting fit to epic travel plans. Travel being the Resolution I’m most excited about! And it’s also, seemingly, the most achievable goal of them all, because that’s what we do … we travel. But here’s the rub, with a family of 14, where to begin to Achieve our Travel Goals?
We travel in an RV, and my travel goal this year is to go South. No, not South to the snowbird destinations of Florida or Texas, but much further South, as in Mexico and beyond, like way way beyond.
Two of my “kids” went to Puerto Rico this past fall. This strengthened my resolve to get us traveling internationally.
In fact, I would love to travel to Costa Rica and Guatemala via RV. Can you imagine the memories, excitement, and experience? I get giddy thinking about it. Of course, I wouldn’t rule out old-fashioned air travel, but a family of 14 faces serious financial challenges when contemplating flying, so RV it is.
And, you know, we have been “talking” about making this trip for about two years now, and that alone is infuriating to me because we never “Talk” about things for years, we typically talk for a few minutes and then just do whatever it is we want to do.
But, alas we have never really started to plan this trip, primarily because I chair the planning committee. Now, I’m a great North American traveler because, let’s face it, I need only jump in the RV and head to my destination. If I need anything or forgot anything, which is inevitable, because I’m me, no worries, right?
How to Get There and Achieve Your Goals
But, South America and Central America are a different story. Planning is critical, and so this trip of a lifetime is quite overwhelming for me.
There is this great saying, “failing to plan, is planning to fail,” and that’s exactly what’s been happening. This trip is not like any other we have taken. There are things that have to happen, that we have to make happen, prior to a fall departure, in order to Achieve our Goals, which is when we’d like to hit the road.
In these early months of the year, if steps toward this goal aren’t made, yet another year will go by and we won’t take this trip. So I started thinking about what I could do to ensure I stay on track and make this happen for my family.
I think I’ve come up with the holy grail of tips to Achieve Our Goals. So, I’ve taken the liberty of bringing to you all the best ways to make your New Year Resolutions come to fruition!
Achieve Your Goals: What are They?
Have clear goals in mind, and adding a why you want to achieve these goals to the equation. When the going gets tough, clear goals keep you focused. Focus on the reason you set these Resolutions that wild n crazy New Year’s Eve. Respect that desire and do something about it.
What do you want to accomplish and why is this paramount to your success. Take a moment and write your Resolutions down on paper. Fine tune your “why.” want to switch jobs or careers because you want to have more free time to spend with family. Writing this down and explaining to yourself why will help motivate you and also keep you focused
Perhaps you want to switch jobs or careers to have more free time to spend with family. Writing this goal down and explaining why will help motivate you and keep you focused to Achieve Your Goals. Especially when it just seems impossible and you begin to second guess yourself.
Achieve Your Goals: Proclaim Your Goals
That’s right! Shout those goals from the mountain top. Post on facebook. Tell your friends and family. Whatever your mode of proclamation, get to it quick. Because, you see, somehow, in the world of the unconscious mind, when those goals are out there, you feel accountable to your friends and family.
And with amazing people in your life, they support you in your quest. They will help get you back on track when experiencing setbacks. Awesome people will also celebrate your successes and push you to Achieve Your Goals!
But, I think the best part of professing your goals is that you really don’t want to fail. Once you’ve told everyone that you are trying to accomplish a certain goal, if you don’t do it, you’ll experience some serious embarrassment.
I dunno about you, but I hate to fail and failing publicly is unacceptable!
Achieve Your Goals: Break It Up
Sometimes our goals are so huge that they begin to take on a life of their own. Before you know it, we are so overwhelmed that we quit before we even really get started, like mid-January.
To avoid this pitfall, take baby steps.
For instance, I am jonesing to travel to Costa Rica. To get my feet wet, I am planning a trip that takes me just south of the border into Mexico for a week or so. Experience the language barrier and the border crossing as well as some serious culture shock. After that I will, at least, have an idea of what I need to plan for, right?
Or how about the most popular New Year Resolution to lose weight? Break your 50 (or whatever) pound goal into reachable segments. This allows little celebrations as you are working toward the big 50.
Achieve Your Goals: Set a Finish Line
I don’t know about you, but having a goal with no end time is akin to torture. I work best on a deadline. A concrete goal on a calendar forces my hand to actually do the work required to meet that goal.
For example, currently, I am participating a 30-day HIIT challenge. No sugar. No alcohol. Totally not sustainable for the long-haul, right? But for 30 days, I think I can survive.
I am also “planning a trip to Costa Rica, to begin in “September. ” This deadline keeps it real for me and gives me something concrete to look forward to and work toward.
Or perhaps your goal is to run a half-marathon? By finding and registering for a race, you are putting a time-clock on your goals. It’s much harder to keep pushing off the training if you see the date approaching and have money in the game!
Consider this great saying about comfort zones and how nothing new or amazing ever happens from within our comfort zones. Sure, it’s awesome to cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea and a great book. But this action is not going to impart change in your life.
So, let’s get going, let’s get uncomfortable and slay our New Year Resolutions! Together.