Are you a goal oriented person? Do you have the type of personality that keeps going after your goals until you’ve gotten what you want? Do you cause yourself stress if you don’t reach a goal in the time you’ve allocated?
The goals I’m referring to can be big, life changing goals, like buying a house, getting a big promotion, finding love, paying off debt, starting your own business or finally getting into shape.
These goals can also be smaller, such as going on vacation, buying a new car or saving for a rainy day.
Goal oriented people never stop focusing on these goals until they have achieved them. Being goal oriented can be extremely positive.
So, what’s the problem?!
Personally as soon as I achieve a goal I automatically start working towards my next goal. If you are like me, you could be so focused on your goals for the future that you forget to take a step back and be happy with what you have right now.
You may not be great at celebrating what you have already achieved in life and the beautiful gifts you have today. You have worked darn hard to reach these goals so it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back for the milestones you’ve already conquered.
The Risk: If you don’t dedicate time to enjoy your successes you run the risk of constantly running in circles on the goal setting hamster wheel… going around and around. All of this hard work, plus the feeling that you constantly need to move forward can cause you to feel unfulfilled.
So, keep on goal setting, but stop and ENJOY your wins before you move to the next big goal.
To enjoy living in the moment, appreciating your successes and finding happiness in what you already have, here are some helpful methods to try.
Goal Setting: Tips to celebrate your wins.
1. DOCUMENT IT. Write down the following…
- What am I proud of
- What I love in my life right now
- What helps me get up in the morning
- What I love about myself
Write this in a journal, on your tablet, a napkin – wherever. The point is to document and then go back and review whenever you feel you’re slipping away from daily happiness.
I have a journal I use called The 52 Lists Project. It feels extremely therapeutic to write a new list every week and the majority of these lists are focused on the present and also celebrate my wins.
2. REWARD YOURSELF.
When you do achieve a goal – ENJOY IT. Think about the steps you took to get to your goal. Each step is a win and should be acknowledged. When thinking about rewards, they don’t have to be big. Some simple ideas are:
- Taking the afternoon off and treating yourself to lunch, time with a friend or a lazy day just relaxing
- Buying a candle or new tea/coffee mug
- Exploring a new part of your city
3. SHARE YOUR WIN WITH LOVED ONES.
Don’t be shy. This is not bragging. Think of it as sharing your successes with people who genuinely care about you. Sharing your milestone with those you respect and love is a great way to feel really accomplished.
With that said. I will share a few of my wins that I’m so happy to have achieved in my life thus far:
- Travelling around the world for one year
- Living abroad for five years
- My long, successful career in marketing and digital media
- Being a proud step mama
- Launching this blog!
- Finding and marrying my other half
Also, remember: If you are having a tough time reaching a goal, take a step back and look at everything you have achieved so far. If you really think about it, you might be surprised about all the amazing wins you’ve made happen for yourself.
Now it’s time to celebrate you!
What big goals have you set that make you proud of yourself? What are your wins? Leave a note in the comments section below.
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