“To begin, begin” – William Wordsworth
As you well know my name is Taylor, and I’m officially starting a blog! Those that know me will know this is a big deal for me. I have always wanted to create a space where I can showcase my creative side and share my love for all things health and wellness, and I’m so excited to be finally doing it. For a while now, I have struggled with what the first post should be. I wanted it to be a blend of myself, useful information, and fun. I have now written around ten posts, but none of them have felt right.
Lately, I have been discussing the purpose of goals, and how to achieve them with my boyfriend. I recently graduated graduate school, and am in a place in my life- for the first time- where nothing is pre-planned for me. I’m a Type-A personality so this is kind of torture for me. For a while now, goals for me have been around school, and what I needed to do in order to graduate. I had other goals in mind, but didn’t really have the time to go after them (or so I thought- more on that later.) I now have the scary yet glorious opportunity to set goals and intentions for myself in every part of my life, and I have decided to dedicate this post to just that. Here I will share my thoughts on the importance of goals, how to achieve them, and a list of my personal goals.
We have all been there one time or another where we make goals with the purest intention, but never actually go after them. Take a moment and reflect on what happened, What held you back? What could you have done differently? Did anything work? The main reasons people don’t achieve their goals are the goals are too vague, the goals lack purpose, procrastination, not taking responsibility for your role in making the goal happen, surrounding yourself with those who don’t achieve their goals, being negative, and starting too many things at once. I know that I am guilty of a few of these reasons. The good news is, it’s never too late to start over. Here’s some tips that I plan on using in order to make my goals become reality.
Tip 1: Don’t let others make the goal for you
Tip 2: Be really clear with what success or achievement of the goal looks like
Tip 3: Understand it’s importance to you – Motivation is key
Tip 4: Track your progress and hold yourself accountable
Tip 5: Document your goals
Tip 6: Surround yourself with people who go after their goals or who have achieved goals already
Tip 7: Create overall big goals, but then make specific short-term goals to help you achieve the overall goal
Tip 8: Talk about your goals! Don’t be afraid to express your wants.
I think the biggest take away for me has been that I need to set goals that have a higher purpose. It’s so easy to give up once the initial motivation and excitement wears off, but when the goal is relevant to me and my life concept then it provides motivation to keep going even when it gets tough.
So without further ado, here is my list of goals and their short-term goals. I urge you to jot some of your own down and get ready to chase those dreams of yours!
- Build a personal foundation
-join groups in your area where people are working on personal projects
-take time to learn everyday
-reflect on the day for 30 min each night and think about what you can do better tomorrow
-Write in a gratitude journal each morning (at least three things a day)
Why: I want to better myself so that I am better able to help others. I cannot expect to achieve my life goals if I am not at my best mentally.
2. Read 2 books a month
-1 book every two weeks
Why: Knowledge is power.
3. Write for the blog everyday
-even if it sucks. Just write.
Why: I see this as an addition to personal growth, but more so it’s a way for me to get in touch with myself on a deeper level.
-yoga at least 2x a week
Why: I let stress get to me a lot. It would be healthy for me to find an outlet that also challenges me physically and mentally.
5. Focus on health
-drink 2 liters of water a day
-8 hours of sleep
-make more dinners myself
-use lots of colorful foods
-30 minutes of sun a day
Why: I usually take care of myself last, and have been known to go a whole day with drinking half a cup of water. These simple practices above can help me reach my fitness goals, while also helping me to be the healthiest I can be.
6. Create, create, create
-work on the blog daily
-focus on getting content for the instagram, blog, or youtube
-try new things using my creativity and don’t care if you think it sucks
Why: Action creates opportunity. The more I create the more inspired I will be to keep putting myself out there. Essentially focusing on creativity will only help me achieve 1 and 3.
-plan 3 more trips for 2018
Why: I want to experience other cultures, and see different parts of the world. Also, it will lead to inspiration for goals 6, 8, and 1.
8. Make a difference
-help strangers when needed
-don’t be afraid to be authentic
-apply to jobs in the mental health field
Why: Helping others is truly at the core of my existence. It’s why I got into mental health in the first place. I know that helping others through authenticity and empathy is the best way to make a change- for me!
9. Challenge yourself
-Put yourself out there
-do what scares you
Why: I don’t want to lead a safe life. I want to take risks and put myself out there. I deserve success and I know I am capable of surviving failure. When I take a challenge I prove to myself that I am worthy of my wants and needs.
10. Build stronger relationships
-communicate more openly
-spend more time with family
-talk to friends at least once a week
Why: I am nothing without friends and family. I want them to always know how much they mean to me. Plus, having awesome friends and family close to me will help keep me accountable for my goals, and inspire me to give just a little bit more each day.
All the best,