You can be sure that life will, at times, be a twisting path of “potholes” around which you must navigate. Whether life runs smoothly and the obstacles seem easy to overcome, or that required series of left and right direction changes to avoid the “thump” of hitting that pothole makes you tired and cranky, it’s all a part of being human.
You’ve likely been through some phases of your life already where you wondered if your luck would ever change – if there was some global conspiracy to prevent you from reaching those SMART goals you created and planned for. It may even seem that making plans was a bad idea – whose plans all work the first time, anyway?
Then, things calmed down and you discovered the smoother, straighter road – the one you may feel should have been yours all along. You also discovered how much better you felt after overcoming the challenges thrown at you and achieving the end result you wanted. It takes a certain amount of strength to stay the course and keep working toward your goals when things don’t go well…
Regardless of where your journey to building a life, a career or business, or simply a better YOU leads, it’s important to be able to continue making progress to meet the goals you’ve established for yourself. Through all of the tough times, staying focused on what you want in your life will help keep your spirits and your motivation high and bring you joy.
The key, then, to a fulfilled life is to keep working to achieve your goals no matter what. Whatever is thrown at you CAN be overcome, even when it seems that the entire world is conspiring against you.
Try these tips to continue going for your goals even when life’s road gets rough:
- Know exactly what you’re after in life. What do you want your life to be like? When you’re sure, you can then plan your activities over the short and long term to help you achieve your goals. Create that clear picture that you can see in your mind’s eye of what you want and hang on to it.
- Keep your list of life goals short and to the point. Some good examples of life goals are“: Save 25% of my yearly earnings for kids’ education, vacations and retirement,” Take budget-friendly vacations out of the country every 5 years,” and “Retire when I’m 67.” Include enough detail that you can visualize the goal and what life will be like when you achieve it!
- Infuse specific elements of achieving your goals into your everyday life. Let’s say one of your goals is to take a trip out of the country – say, to Australia 3 years from now. Have a couple of books about Australia laying around the house within reach – perhaps on your coffee table and nightstand. Listen to music from Australia on your MP3 player. Watch television shows about Aussie land.
Have reminders and tasks to do that are related to meeting your life goals throughout your home. Make your life goals part of your everyday life so that even when times get bumpy, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on what’s really important to you.
- Talk positively to yourself. It can be quite helpful for motivation and focus to use positive self-talk. When you do, you’ll be more likely to keep working toward your goals in life. Say something like, “I might be in a rough patch right now, but I will still keep saving for my retirement and my kids’ educations.”
Other examples of positive self-talk are “I can get through this challenge phase just like I’ve done before, I know how and I can do it.” “As long as I keep moving forward, things will be okay, because baby steps forward are still steps forward!” and “Life has in store many more wonderful adventures for me.”
Using positive self-talk will keep your spirits high when you feel like you’re floundering in choppy waters.
- Reflect on your positive efforts in order to reinforce them. Even though you may be struggling right now, think about what you DID accomplish this week toward achieving your goals. Maybe you made a couple of phone calls, explored the internet to gather information, or drew up a new budget to ensure you’re on target for saving for your life goals.
The fact is you did something. And recognizing that effort will reinforce your efforts in your quest to achieve your goals. You can excel in times of great challenge – and feel free to celebrate those steps toward your goal.
Keep working toward accomplishing your goals even though life throws out more than a few obstacles at you. Consistent and focused positive action means that you will achieve your desires. Know exactly what you’re after, visualize the desired end result, and stay focused. Make your life goals a part of your daily life and use positive self-talk to keep your mindset positive as well. Acknowledge what you’ve done to keep moving forward, and use your success to springboard you toward the next goal and the next.
Apply these strategies to help you consistently work to meet your life goals. If you do, you’ll accomplish whatever you want, no matter what.