by Jess Smith, LCPC
It’s February 2021. The holiday dust has settled, and we’ve reached those long winter months. Now is the time to get focused and start working toward those goals you’ve set for yourself.
With that being said, it’s one thing to set a goal, but how do we get motivated to start working toward it?
Let’s first pause to remember why we’re setting goals in the first place. Taking note of the value in goal-setting can help us feel more empowered to act. Goals are so important because they help us to focus on moving forward in life, rather than focusing on the past- we can’t change the past now, right? Furthermore, goals can also be great self-esteem boosters; it always feels great to accomplish our goals. And above all, goals give us a sense of purpose; without them, we tend to feel bored and listless.
Sometimes getting started on something new can be the hardest part, so it can be beneficial to check out Pinterest, Youtube, blogs, or even Google to get some ideas on where or how to start. The internet can be such a helpful tool when we aren’t sure how to get started with something new. There are so many “How To” articles and videos as well as sample charts, schedules, and diagrams available on the internet- we just need to take the time to start looking! In the same light, books and magazines that are targeted toward your new goals can also be helpful, so you could check out your local bookstore (or Amazon for a no-contact option) for some inspiration!
Getting motivated can also be difficult when we have a negative narrative in our minds about our abilities. If we’re telling ourselves that things won’t change or we’re unable to do something for whatever reason, we’re less likely to act in growth-minded, or forward-thinking, ways. Instead, changing the narrative in our minds to focus more on using our strengths to work toward our goals can be energizing and uplifting. We have just as much power to focus on the positives rather than the negatives, and with some practice, we can train our brains to be our own best advocates, rather than our own worst enemies. If you need to, post some affirmations around your living space as visual reminders of how capable you are!
Goals can be more exciting when we find a partner, or support group, to work with as well. Having someone to share the goal with us helps us to not feel alone in whatever barriers may arise as a result of working toward it. It’s also great to have someone to help problem solve if those barriers do arise as well as to hold us accountable. Plus, it’s always fun to share our accomplishments and be able to celebrate with others!
In the next few weeks, we’ll break down the idea of setting goals to ensure they’re SMART because doing so helps us to get organized! Not sure what SMART goals are? Stick around for our next few posts friends!