Put Your Goals First

Posted on May 15, 2015

To achieve your goals you need to prioritise them. However, it’s not always the easiest thing to do, as things in our lives can easily distract our focus and lead us off track.

So how do you keep your goals a priority when there is so much else going on in your life? Here are some tips:

Be clear
This may sound a very simple thing but make sure you are very clear about what you want to achieve. If you’re not clear about where you are going, then it’s going to be very difficult to ensure you get there.

Keep it simple
It can be very exciting to start planning a whole pile of goals at once but keep it simple. The more goals you have, the more you have to manage. Focus instead on one or a couple of key goals and when they are achieved, move onto the next ones. The same principle applies to simple goals like tasks in your day. Focus on a couple of key items per day that must get done and prioritise them above everything else. If you do this you will find you make progress much faster through the week and your days won’t seem as daunting, with only a couple of key items to achieve.

Make sure they are the right goals
Sometimes a goal becomes outdated or we decide it no longer suits us. If this is the case simply change it. Changing your goals at any stage in the process isn’t a failure – pursuing ones that are no longer relevant is.

Put yourself first
Prioritising your goals is also about putting yourself first and making sure you have the time, support, tools and resources to achieve them. Sometimes that can feel a little selfish, as it means you won’t have as much time for other people and other commitments. This is why it’s so important to share your plans with those around you, so that when you can’t attend an event or be there for them they will understand why.

Understand there will be sacrifices
Whenever you commit to something it takes time and effort and there are certain things you will need to forego to achieve your goals. For example, if you are building a business you’re probably going to spend a lot of time in the beginning working in it, instead of spending time with others or devoting yourself to different projects. Sacrifices are part of prioritising your goals – you are choosing to miss out on something now so you can have something you want in the future.

Surround yourself with support
When you are working towards a goal, not everyone may understand why you are doing it (especially if it affects them) and it can be very lonely as a result. So that you don’t lose motivation because of this, find someone or a group of people, to support you through the highs and lows and celebrate with you when you achieve it (even if they are outside your immediate circle).

Stay excited
Goals can take a little while to achieve and sometimes working towards them can get a little tedious. To stay motivated it’s important to stay excited about where you are heading, by tracking your progress and visualising what it will be like when you have achieved your goal. To track your progress you may decide to plot figures on a board or simply focus on completing the steps (so that you know you are moving towards it). Marking the milestones (no matter how small) will also help you stay excited and provide the positive energy for you to continue. And don’t forget to visualise your goal – take yourself there mentally thinking about how it will look and feel, as that will also take you closer to it.

If you choose to work towards a particular goal don’t let anything sabotage your potential to achieve it. You can achieve anything you set your mind to it if you simply devote your time, effort and attention to it. Good luck!