Posts Tagged ‘personal motivation’

Woulda Coulda Shoulda

December 28th, 2010 No comments

Woulda Coulda ShouldaIf Only

It’s the time of the year when you reflect on all the things you set out to do, and all the ways you failed miserably at them.  I don’t know about you, but I never seem to accomplish all the goals that I set in my mind to accomplish.  Some of it is procrastination.  Some of it is lack of faith, and a lot of it is unreasonable planning.

How to accomplish your goals

Make Them Personal

Why are you trying to accomplish this?  If you have a personal motivation you are much likelier to succeed. Why do you want to lose weight?  Because you should?  How about instead you lose weight to control your diabetes.  Or you lose weight to look more attractive?

Make Them Specific

Don’t say I want to accomplish financial freedom.  It’s too vague (and broad.)  Say I want to pay off my last credit card.

Make them Time Driven

If you set a goal with no time limit, your mind will keep telling you that you have plenty of time to complete it.  Set a goal date.  I want to lose 20 pounds before Labor Day. Then write that date down next to your goal, and mark it on the calendar.

Do you know what would be neat?  A goal calendar with “growing” tasks.  The closer you get to your goal date, the larger the task appears, until it’s either taking up your whole screen, or gone because you hit your goal.  I might need to work on creating that.

My Goals

This year my goals are:

  1. Get my weight down to 170 pounds by June 1st ( )
  2. Clean out my overflowing garage (again) before April 1st ( )
  3. Expand the garden area by May 1st ( )
  4. Sell or give away all my old computer junk by September 1st ( )
  5. Write a blog post explaining my goals and how to accomplish them by January 1st ()