Make It Real: 4 Goal Setting Tips

Do you struggle with staying on track with your goals? You’re not alone. I’ve always had a difficult time making things happen. I’m such a visionary. I come up with these grand ideas and exciting goals but lack the self discipline to see them through. I wanted to stop giving up on everything I started. This can be challenging for someone who has issues committing and a wandering mind. I realized that a great idea is nothing without an execution plan. Here’s 4 of my best practices for increasing productivity and staying on track.

1.Dream Big, Start Small

Keep your eyes on the prize! It’s always good to know what you want the end result to be however focus on the little steps you must take to get there. Small changes lead to big outcomes. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and give up if you aren’t making progress as quickly as you expected. Think about what you can do today or this week to reach your ultimate goal. Celebrate the small victories  along the way. Say your goal is to save $5,000 by the end of the year. That’s roughly $420 a month. You can break it down even smaller and say $14.00 a day. Doesn’t that sound way more doable than jumping from a $0.00 savings account to $5,000? Cut back on dining out and do your mani/ pedis at home. You’d be surprised how much you’ll save.

2. Set Realistic Time Expectations

YOU CANNOT ALWAYS RECEIVE INSTANT GRATIFICATION (note to self). I’m so impatient and easily discouraged when I don’t see some sort of progress. There are very few overnight successes and most good things take time. Once you’ve accepted the fact that you may not see progress for awhile, the process becomes enjoyable. Some goals you may be able to complete by the end of the week but others may take years. Just know you’ll get there and take it one step at a time.

3. Put It On Paper

There’s something about writing your goals down that make them real. Whether you put them in a journal, memo pad or sticky notes; just write them down. You’re more likely to put a plan in action once you’ve jotted them down. I do a combination of sticky notes and a vision board. Seeing them everyday keeps me on track and focused on what I’m working towards. The transfer of thoughts from my mind to something tangible keeps me focused. The feeling of accomplishing a goal and literally crossing it off the list is so satisfying.

4. Hold Yourself Accountable

Check in often.  This is a way to hold yourself accountable and make adjustments as needed. I set aside time every Sunday to evaluate where I am with my goals. Extend my deadlines or pat myself on the back for the progress I’ve made. I set up a chalkboard at my desk with my top 3 goals for the week. Sometimes I have to remind myself that if i quit now, all the work I’ve put in to this point will be for nothing. Dedicate at least 30 minutes to yourself a week to evaluate, regroup and refocus.

At the end of the day, they’re your goals. No one else is responsible for making them happen but you. Be willing to put in the work and know that it’s not always going to be easy. Have enough confidence in yourself to know that you can do whatever you set your sights on. With a realistic plan in place, you can conquer anything. 




Will the real ____, Please stand up.

This must be that “Mid Twenties” crisis that everyone talks about. You know, the one where you struggle to figure out your purpose in life. Finding my passion has been one of the hardest, most frustrating things I’ve ever done. When you’re creative, like me, everything interest you but nothing holds you.

 I often pondered the idea of what life would be like as my own boss. My fear, comfort and upbringing kept me stuck at an office job that I hated. I was raised to believe you find an entry level position with a “good company” (as if those exist anymore) and you work your way up. One day, you’ll retire with a solid pension and 401(k). That’s the only way to make a living and survive in this world. I found myself constantly having to explain  to my family things don’t work like that anymore. These corporations couldn’t care any less about the low level employees and regularly remind you that you can be replaced.

The steady paychecks gave me comfort and stability. Everything was lovely! I could afford to travel with friends and buy pretty much anything I wanted. I had the ultimate safe life. The one all twenty somethings dream of. All I had to do was continue to give 8 hours a day, 5 days a week to maintain this lifestyle. Which I did until the routine job began to drain me. I decided it was time to try something new. Playing it safe wasn’t working for me anymore. All I had to look forward to was the dollar raise the company was so generous to give me once a year.

I had a few friends who quit their jobs and went into business for themselves. I watched as they worked long hours and struggled financially.  It didn’t look glamorous at all but they were so much happier compared to when they worked a 9-5. I wasn’t even sure what I would pursue if I was to leave my job. The only thing I was passionate about was happy hours and catching H&M sales. I started to feel like something was wrong with me. How is it that I made it to the age of 25 and had no idea what I actually enjoyed doing?

I started stepping out of my comfort zone. I quickly learned that I lacked consistency but was very open minded. I’m willing to try almost anything once but won’t stick with it for long. I dive in, learn the basics of a topic then lose interest. Just within this past year I was a yogi, a painter, a real estate agent, flight attendant, and an interior decorator. I was convinced at least one of them would turn into a passion and ultimately a career. I became the person that knew a little about everything but never invested enough time to master anything.

Eventually, the journey became less about the job and more about me. All I wanted to do was spend time alone and work on becoming this refined, polished version of myself.  I’m here to report to you today that I still don’t know what the hell I want to do for work. However, I’m more myself than I’ve ever been.

I have a much deeper understanding of what I don’t like and will not tolerate. I went from trying to discover a passion that would lead to a career, to finding myself. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching yourself grow a little more everyday.  I’m an ever changing woman that wants all life has to offer. My purpose is to live and inspire others to do the same. Not everyone’s passion is as clear cut as a teacher, doctor, or lawyer. Some of us are fiercely passionate about living a fulfilling life and that’s okay.

The marathon continues…