1. Make a vision board or portfolio. Get a visual representation of your goals. If you want to travel, take pictures of places you want to go. If you have a certain weight or body figure you are going after, have a picture of it. If you want to open a business, put a picture of it. The more specific you can be, the better. Put your vision board in a place where you will see it daily or at least weekly. This will keep you focused on those difficult days.
2. Divide each goal into realistic tasks/steps. It will take time to accomplish your goals so make sure you allow sufficient time to complete them. If you want to open a salon, there are several things you’ll need to do such as filing business paperwork with the Secretary of State, opening a business bank account, setting your services & prices, finding a location, marketing your business, hiring employees, purchasing equipment, and the list goes on. This won’t happen over night but it is doable if broken down into small tasks. Keep yourself on schedule to ensure you’re making progress.
3. Stay focused. There will be so many temptations to stop, start something different, settle for a lesser goal or something else. It’s important to keep “the main thing, the main thing” and don’t allow distractions and time wasters to get in the way.
4. Get an accountability partner or group who can keep you on track and offer encouragement, reality checks and advice along the way. It should be someone who has been where you are going or can relate to the level where you are going. Make sure you listen to them. Be careful not to choose someone who will not be real with you.
5. Put one foot in front of the other. When I’m running a difficult race, sometimes the only thing that keeps me going is putting one foot in front of the other. Even baby steps are progress. Sometimes you may find yourself merely crawling or walking slowly but as long as you are moving, you are making progress.
6. Celebrate each victory…even the small ones. This will encourage you to keep going.