Monday, February 25, 2019

5 Steps to Create Good Habits and Achieve Your Goals

Let's talk about good habits. Just about everyone you know has been working on resolutions they made at the beginning of the year, maybe some of them have already forgotten their resolutions and goals, and how are you doing?  So much of goal setting has to do with creating healthy habits and it's something that seems to get overlooked quite often.

You often hear that a goal without a plan is just a wish, but I'd like to add that a goal without good habits is just a dream. Most of our goals start as wishes and dreams but they don't become much more than that without a plan to make healthy, good habits to make them a reality.  That goes for every kind of goal out there. Money goals need a good habit of saving, Health goals need a good habit of healthy eating and activity, Goals to start a business require good habits with discipline and time management. If you don't create those good habits, the goals will remain goals instead of reality.



So pick a goal that you want to work on and go through these steps to help you create the healthy habits you'll need to meet that goal.

1. Decide what the most important part of your goal is. For example, if I wanted to make a goal to save money to buy a house the most important part of that goal would be to stop spending so much money.

 If my goal was to run a half marathon, the most important part of that goal would be to work on my endurance running. And so on...

2. Create a plan to help you work on that one most important part of your goal. If I'm trying to save money, then I need to look through my budget and see what I can cut back on. Is there a subscription that isn't needed? A monthly Target run that isn't necessary (because, honestly who spends less money at Target, even though their prices are cheaper than other stores)?

For an endurance run, I would need to look at my calendar and decide what days would allow the best time for my running schedule.



3. Write it down. This is extremely helpful for any kind of goal. When you write it down it seems more real and more solid. But for this step, you need to write more than just your goal down. Write down your plan of attack on each goal. For saving money I'm going to write down how much money I want to save, what areas I can cut back my spending in, and where I'm going to put that extra money (like in a different savings account) so that it doesn't get spent somewhere else.



For running, I'm going to write down my goal mileage, the date of my race, how many times a week I'm going to be running, and schedule out my runs so that I'm making sure to get enough rest days and cross-training days in to not be injured.

4. Give yourself reminders for when you forget or have the impulse to fall back into your regular habit. Reminders, or triggers, to help you do better are the best because it's a visual reminder right in front of you that you're working for something. It can give you more drive when you're feeling discouraged.  If my goal was to save money, taping a picture of my dream house on my bathroom mirror so that I see it every morning might be enough. Maybe putting a picture in my wallet in front of where my credit card goes so that I see it every time I go to buy something I'll ask myself if what I'm getting is really worth it. Maybe using cash instead of a card will help me feel like I'm spending more and trigger me to save more instead of giving that extra  $5 up on a Swig cookie or something else that is an impulse buy.

For a running goal, a good visual is to write your goal time down on a piece of paper and put it on your alarm clock so that every time you go to push the snooze button, you'll remember that your goal and get out of bed.

Other reminders that work are putting motivational quotes up in random places at your house or in your car, setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to save, or run or do whatever that good habit would be to achieve your goal, and keeping track of your progress can help you feel more confident and believe more in yourself.



5. Surround yourself with people who are on board, and supportive of your goal. Nothing can kill motivation faster than being around people who don't believe in you. This step is huge when it comes to keeping yourself on track with your goal and creating good habits. It doesn't matter what goal you're focusing on if you spend your time with positive, supportive people you are more likely to achieve the goals you're aiming for.

With these 5 steps to creating good habits, goal setting and achieving become much easier! You'll feel way more confident going into any goal with these steps and a good plan of action. Write things down, tell those who support you to help you stay accountable and you'll achieve great things!

What goals are you working on this year?

What is something that always makes you stop working on your goal?

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. It is a great reminder.

    Having friends to run with and who support your goals is very important.

    I also put my runs on my blog and my calendar. It keeps me accountable.

    I sign up for races. That also makes me get out there and run.

    And if yo are injured and can't run, find something else that will keep you active - ie the bike, machines, yoga, etc.

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    1. Great ideas! Having a friend to run with is definitely a huge help with goals.

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  2. I'm very type A so I love having a journal of planner to write out everything. I keep a planner for my blog so I can map out posts and I have another fitness journal that I use for all of my workouts.

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    1. Sometimes I wish I was more type A. I'm floating somewhere in between organized and spontaneous. haha.

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  3. Great tips! Writing stuff down helps me out a lot - be it goals, to do's, weekly commitments.

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  4. I am currently goal less . . . not a good place to be. I need to get into create a plan mode, to write it down!

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    1. Yes! Make some goals and then let me know what they are. I will be your cheerleader!

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  5. Great post! Also, can I say I love your handwriting!

    I blog and use my planner to keep track of my miles and workout plans, and I have a great set of friends who help me stick to it. I also love signing up for races and doing it that way.

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    1. Thank you. Signing up for races helps me a lot too. And I love that when I say something about my goals on the blog I feel more obligated to keep to it too.

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  6. I think having a support system is crucial. Sure, ultimately it comes down to us acting on our goals, but without support and encouragement, it's really easy to let the work slide.

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    1. So true. Surrounding ourselves with good people who believe in us is so important

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  7. These are all great reminders. Having my support from my group is the best

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  8. Besides my usual health- and fitness-related goals, I am really working on marketing my business this year. It is so time consuming, and I find that keeping 'to do' lists really helps keep me on pace.

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  9. Great reminders - having a support system makes a big difference.

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  10. These are great and over years I have found value in writing my goals and revisiting them weekly. I found some other great tips too. Thanks for the motivation

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  11. These are all such great tips! I know that writing down my goals helps me tremendously!!

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