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This Article May Help You If

  • you feel overwhelmed by how much is going on in your life.
  • you feel like you’re lacking direction,
  • you have a goal or dream that you want to start.

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It’s Human Nature

As humans we are in a constant state of change. Our priorities shift daily, which means we are constantly making adjustments in our day to day life and goals a long the way. For example, over the past two months my life has been very transient. I have moved out of my Sydney abode, travelled to Europe and now I am living between Sydney and a little town amongst The Snowy Mountains. It has made me realise I need to re-shuffle a lot of things; I have had to reevaluate my goals and put somethings on hold for the time being and make the achievable goals (the ones I can do whilst being transient) happen.

When You’re Uninspired

Over the last two months, I am not going to lie, I have felt a little uninspired and a little bit scared about the direction I was taking with certain aspects of my life. I am sure you can relate in some way to this – I find when I am in this mindset it is so hard to dig myself out of that proverbial hole. It feels like it is so hard to make changes, but realistically it is quite easy to take back control with a few simple steps.

I was journaling one evening and as the words flowed, I realised I hadn’t written any clear goals for myself in quite some time. This is quite unusual for me, as I love to have goals as benchmarks for my work throughout the year, because without them, I really lack focus and direction. I find that spending the time to map out some clear goals allows me to take better control of the direction I want my career, life and aspirations to move towards; whether this be a subconscious movement or a direct movement. If I don’t, I become very anxious and start to question everything.

Take It Back To Basics

Over the years I have listened to Tony Robbins, read countless books on goal setting and lately I have listened to newer podcasts; but like anyone, I still struggle with keeping my mind clear and focused when it comes to goals I wish to achieve. At the end of the day, podcasts and books can only inspire you so much, it is up to you to make the changes you want to see.

I have gone back to basics this past week and I have started setting daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goal and yearly goals. How? The old fashion way of writing them down. I have also come to the conclusion that even if my goal ends up not being the right fit, there will be lessons I can learn from and they in turn will make sure I am on the right path.

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Goal Setting

  • Start with bigger goals
  • Break them down into smaller goals
  • Break those ones down into smaller goals
  • Reevaluate along the way

Keeping in mind

  • Be specific: Things like “I want to grow my audience by 2,000 people per month“.
  • Make it measurable: So you know you’re on the correct path, set deadlines to measure / track your goals. This can be as simple as setting a specific date!
  • Make them realistic: Things that are achievable – sure it’s great to extend yourself, but make sure it’s a realistic achievable one.
  • Make set timeframes: daily, weekly, monthly or yearly

How To Keep Them

I have been using MiGoals to help achieve the above. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable and maintain the habit of writing things down. I was just using a regular diary and note pad, but I find their preemptive headings make it easier for me to stay organised.

It really is as simple as writing things down and reassessing them. What I have also learned over the years is don’t be discouraged if you set goals and “fail” to achieve them. Just keep on reassessing until you find yourself on the path you feel is right.

I hope this helps you move towards making big progress in no time

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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