Have you ever had a huge goal that you struggled to achieve? I am going to talk discuss working out in this blog as an example, but it can apply to anything. This blog is here to help you dream it, then achieve it. After this blog you will not feel stuck in the middle, I want you to feel empowered. You are strong and beautiful, you can do anything you put your heart into.
Write down what you want
When you want something, write it down. Don’t scribble it on a sticky note. Don’t let it be another task on your to-do list. Decorate it, make it yours. When I write down my goals, they are pink with flowers and cursive lettering. Spend time with this first step in your goal, pray over it. Ask God to help you achieve this and give glory back to Him. In Romans 4, it talks about when Abraham followed what God was telling him in the adventure he went on to have a child with Sarah. Romans 4:20 says: “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Don’t forget to be brave during your goal setting and give the glory to God when you achieve them.
There are a number of ways to track your progress. One way that has helped me with keeping me motivated is drawing a dumbbell everytime I workout on my monthly calendar in my planner. This way I can see how often I went to the gym and notice my patterns. One trend I saw, I tend to lose motivation after Wednesday. Now, I can push myself a little extra. Next, take many photos. Whether you love your gym outfit that day, your progress picture, or just feeling yourself that day! Keep that photo album just for yourself, you don’t have to share it if you don’t want to. Finally, write in a journal. Maybe your goal is saving money, get an app that can help you track your spending and budget.
Having an accountability partner is huge if you want to help achieve your goals. One thing that is important is that the partner you choose is a positive influence! Have a team that will build you up and help keep you on target. Be open and honest with your bff’s and tell them what you’re doing and most importantly: how you’re doing. If it helps, bring them with you. Share your ideas. Share your progress. Do it together! One thing to always please remember: don’t compare yourself. You are not her. You are not him. You are a special person, hand-crafted by God so different than everyone else.
Making small goals first
If you want to workout this week, make it easier for yourself. Write down your workouts on Sunday and what you’re going to do for the week. I write mine down and it is so much easier because I know Monday is leg day, Tuesday is back, Wednesday is shoulders, etc. I have a plan that I don’t have to make the day of, I can go into the gym and crush those exercises. Also packing your gym bag the night before can make heading to the gym be a grab and go. Make this a priority by making it easy for you.
This is one of the biggest conflicts that get in the way of our dreams. We want to feel comfortable taking our first steps into the gym. We want comfort in writing a blog or feeling the safety net when it comes to money. Here are a couple tips to help you feel more comfortable chasing your dreams.
- Get gear to help you. Example, if you want to write a solid blog post, get your favorite cup of coffee and put on your best jams. If you want to go to the gym, buy a new outfit or put together your favorite outfit, practice what you’re going to do and go in with a plan. Do you want to get promoted at your job? Get a planner, some pens, a few sticky notes, and show up every day ready to succeed.
- Your positive team culture. Build the tribe that supports you and loves you along the way. If you have bff’s that are driven and want to achieve their own goals, start a group chat and hold each other accountable! If you guys keep to your goals for two weeks, go celebrate together!
Love yourself along the way
Chasing your goals is a journey. In some cases, the destination is not always about the final destination – it’s what you learned along the way. This could be through trial and error, prayer, or what you are journaling about. When you’re going through these changes, remember to love yourself. Remember why you started.
Follow these steps with your whole heart. Put everything that you have into chasing these dreams, love yourself, and give the glory to God. He knows you can do it. I know you can do it! Let’s start today.
- You are worthy.
- Your goals are achievable.
- Build a support tribe.