“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
What separates a person from achieving their goals and not achieving their goals is staying focused and being persistent in following through. There are many different ways to track your progress toward your goals. I want to share with you the 4 ways that I use to track my progress in achieving my goals.
1. Look at the big picture
This is the foundation of keeping track of your progress and also accomplishing your goals. A lot of us just go through the motions day-to-day. We are on pure “survival mode” rather than living each day to its fullest. In order for you to start tracking your progress, you must take a step back and look at the big picture. Why do you do what you do? What is the purpose of waking up in the morning and getting the day started? Think about these things and answer these questions with the end result in mind. Where do you see yourself in the future in every aspect of your life? Take the time to reflect upon your goals and imagine what the big picture looks like. It’s important for you to see the bigger picture rather than just living day-to-day with no direction or motivation.
2. Plan and Organize
When it comes to tracking your progress toward your goals, planning and organizing your time is key to accomplishing your goals. Once you are clear with the big picture, you must now plan and organize the necessary steps that you need to take in order to accomplish your goals. Take your calendar and plan on organizing your time around achieving all your goals. Having a planner or using your iPhone or Google calendar is a great way to track your progress. Each week you will have specific goals that you want to accomplish. Throughout each week, you will have a To-Do list that you will work on every day. When you are able to plan and organize your time wisely, you will not only feel good that you are working toward your goals but you are also developing life skills such as self discipline, focus and determination.
Share your goals with your spouse or a good friend. It’s important to have another person ask you about your progress. When there is someone else other than yourself holding you accountable, you are more likely to get your tasks completed throughout the week. You will be motivated by both the desire to avoid letting them down as well as the support and encouragement that they offer when you do accomplish your goals. Working with a life coach is a great way to help you track your progress toward your goals. When I share my goals with my husband, it helps me stay focused on the tasks that need to be completed.
With each accomplishment, it’s important for you to take a step back and celebrate your success. If you are constantly looking ahead and never taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments, you will most likely get burnt out. When you get burnt out, you lose the motivation to stay focused on your goals. I know that I am guilty of constantly looking ahead and focusing on the next big thing. What has really helped me stay motivated in accomplishing my goals is celebrating along the way. Celebrating your accomplishments is a way for you to track your progress toward your goals because you are able to stop and appreciate your hard work before moving onto your next goal. Whenever you accomplish a goal, make sure you take the time to celebrate.
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