1)  Set an Intention.

You won’t get anywhere without a destination.  Be very clear on what you want to do.  Fill in some details.  Make sure you’ll know when you get there. Without an intention, you’ll just be wandering about.  You need your Guiding Light to help you see the way when the going gets dark.

2)  Plan Wisely.

Choose action steps that are fun if you can.  The lighter they are, the easier they will be to do.  Make them small steps so you don’t give yourself too much to do and overwhelm yourself.  That’s a fine way to stop your plan before it’s even begun. Take into account your energy levels and what you might have coming up in the near future. Some activities may get in the way of your progress.  Plan for them and then they’ll be little more than a detour.

3)  Watch for Procrastination.

When you find yourself not doing it, make yourself give a clear reason why you’re not.  It might be that this is just not a good time.  Just because you are too tired or busy to do it now, doesn’t negate doing it at another time.  See if you can find out what’s stopping you.  Remember that resistance could be hiding fear. Be as specific as you can.  Listen to your thoughts.  Why aren’t you doing what you said you’d do?  Be honest. It’ll pay off.

4)  Take the Necessary Steps to Make it Easier.

Find better ways to do things, adjust your steps to make them smaller or more fun.  Discover more opportune times. Get the information you need. Address the issue(s) pinned down in 3).

5)  Decide to Follow Through.

There are many methods for this:  list the reasons and read them frequently.  Use the buddy system to hold you accountable.  Keep track of your progress.  See it as promise to yourself.  There are many ways to make sure you keep going.  Deciding is certainly an important part.  Reiterating your intentions, reminding yourself why you’re doing it.

6)  Just Do It.

Sometimes you just have to take the leap.  Even if you don’t feel like it, aren’t sure, need one more thing . . .  If you don’t take a step, you may never get there.  Sometimes the smallest thing can get you going again.  Inertia is powerful magic.

7)  Appreciate.

Please, make sure to congratulate yourself when you do something.  As often as you can, remember to appreciate what you do. Spend more time and effort on that than on what you didn’t do.

Goal Getting is defined (I think by Chellie Campbell) as such:

Step 1:  Knowing what you want.

Step 2:  Investigating what it will take to have it.

Step 3:  Taking the steps to have it.

 Simple when you see it that way!

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