Goal setting that works

We're halfway through 2017 (gulp!) and, hopefully, at least halfway to success on our goals for the year.

Did you set goals for this year? How's your progress looking?

If you're not totally clear on where you're at in terms of reaching your goals, or even if your New Year's resolution never made it past January 2, it's not too late to make this year YOUR year. All it takes is a little smart planning and you can crush your goals.

We checked in with Todd Durkin—one of our favorite sources for motivation who also gives us practical steps for acting on that inspiration—for some goal crushing tips.

Just follow this plan and, voila, you'll be raising that mission accomplished flag at the end of the year.

1. Start by taking a good hard look at where you are right now.

In order to set specific, achievable goals, you have to be honest about where you're starting from. If you want to write a book but haven't decided on a topic yet, you've got to take that into account. If you want to run a marathon but are currently recovering from a knee injury, well, that might change how you structure your goal.

2. Take a before photo.

 

Serious people know they will succeed, so don’t be afraid to take the “before” picture. The “after” pictures will be that much sweeter. - Todd Durkin

We all love before and after photos: it's such a compelling way to capture progress and to celebrate success. Your doesn't literally need to be a photo, but do document where you are right now, so that when you cross that finish line, you can easily look back and celebrate how far you've come.

3. Don't babysit your goal

Babysitting? Say what? Todd says, "Some of us have been carrying around the same goal for years. It’s been our constant companion. Maybe you want to lose fat and change your body composition...Maybe you want to start your own business. Whatever your goal is, it’s meant to be accomplished, not carried around. So take ACTION and get serious."

4. Get it done

You’ve got to do the work. No more excuses.

There are no quick fixes or silver bullets for hard work. At the end of the day, you've got to do that extra rep, log the miles, write the first paragraph, and the second, and the last one. If you know this is where you falter, get help. Find an accountability buddy, find a workout partner, hire a coach, hire a trainer. Take the steps to make sure you do the hard work.

5. Track and celebrate progress

Before and after pictures don't happen overnight; we all know that. So figure out what you can measure along your journey, and keep your eye on that progress, no matter how small it may be at first. Maybe you can make it through a few extra burpees. Maybe you run farther than you ever have before. Maybe you watch the pages of your book inch upward, day after day. Whatever it is, find a meaningful indicator, and watch it like a hawk.

Inspired yet? 🙂 Hearing Todd's tips about goal setting always gets us fired up and ready to get after it.

And, for an extra dose of motivation, we want to give a shout-out to some community members who are CRUSHING their goals right now:

"I am launching my first online fitness program this month! And I'm continuing to build my blog readership.  🙌🏻 " - Sarah @thefitcookie

"My goal this year was to launch my blog in time for BlogFest. It's still a work in progress, but I'm very excited to have an actual website! My goal is to get into a rhythm with content, posting, and bringing everything together with my business (content strategy/marketing for health & wellness brands). I'm looking forward to learning in Vegas!" - Erica @sprinkles_and_SitUps

"I am rebranding my site (still a work in progress) my goal to be consistent, share great content and increase views/audience." - Pauline, @livingfitnwell
"My goal is to continue to build my blog readership and get into a regular posting schedule." - Christine @runoutofthebox

I'm working on staying true to ME and the brand I represent. I want to find a way to transition in the world of transitional blogging into being an influencer who inspires with her story and her truth!" - Katrina @katrinapilkington 

"I launched my fitness blog, have started a yoga podcast and I'm launching online fitness training for women. -Emily @emily-Hardeman

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