You can be sure that life will, at times, be a twisting path of “potholes” around which you must navigate. There rarely is a straight and smooth path between where you re right now and where you want to be – or between you and the goal you want to achieve.
Change is not necessarily easy – there will be work that must be put in, motivation that must be established and periodically re-charged, and distractions to be pushed aside. Occasionally, you’ll have to stop the forward progress toward your goals and deal with (or dispose of) the distraction that is currently keeping you from moving on.
Don’t forget that baby steps forward are STILL steps forward, and if you’re in the middle of a phase of your life where you wondering if your luck will ever change, that can be difficult. You absolutely MUST persevere and hand in there. Keep doing the things you know are moving you forward.
Eventually, you will out last the challenges and the distractions – it WILL happen. When things calm down, you will discover (or re-discover) the smoother, straighter road.
Regardless of where your journey leads, it’s important to be able to continue making forward progress to meet the goals you’ve established for yourself. Through the tough times, staying focused on what you want in life will help keep your spirits high and bring you joy.
The key, then, to a fulfilled life is to commit to achieving your goals no matter what.
Try these tips to continue striving for your goals even when life’s road gets bumpy:
- 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.
- 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.”
- Infuse elements of achieving your goals into your everyday environment. Let’s say one of your goals, a trip out of the country, will be to Australia, 3 years from now. Have a couple of books about the country laying around the house – perhaps on your coffee table and nightstand. Listen to music from Australia on your MP3 player or find an internet radio station that carries an Aussie broadcast. Watch television shows about Aussie land.
Have reminders and tasks to do that are directly related to meeting your life goals throughout your home and office. Make your life goals part of your everyday life so that even when challenges arise, you’ll be able to keep your focus on what’s really important to you.
- Use positive self-talk for reinforcement and motivation. It can be quite helpful 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’m in a temporary rough patch, but I will still keep saving for my retirement and my kids’ educations.”
Other examples of positive self-talk include “I can get through this challenge just like I’ve done with other challenges before,” “As long as I keep moving forward, I will eventually reach my goal,” and “Life has many more wonderful adventures in store for me.”
Using positive self-talk will keep your spirits buoyed 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 accomplished just this week to achieve 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 will reinforce your efforts in your quest to achieve your goals. You can excel in times of great challenge.
Keep working toward accomplishing your goals even though life may throw more than a few obstacles at you. Know what you’re after – in detail – and stay focused. Make your life goals an integral part of your daily life and use positive self-talk. Acknowledge what you’ve done to keep moving forward.
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.