How Committed Are You? How to Actually Reach Your Goals
At this very moment it is 1 am and I just came home from a long day out. And I am writing this article. “Why?” you ask me? Actually, I am asking myself that exact same question right now. But the answer is simple, I committed to this. I set a goal to write for 15 minutes each day this month – and three days in I’m so extremely dedicated to reach that goal, no matter what. And yes, this is the second day in a row that I am writing after midnight – which is possibly not the best habit to set – but at least I am sticking with my goal.
I am committed. I am dedicated. I am doing this no matter what.
Because it is important to me. Because I love writing. Because writing feeds my soul.
But also – I wrote it down. I have a box to colour into when I finish these minutes. And yes, I know, skipping it this one day wouldn’t be the end of the world, but I would be breaking a promise that I made to myself. And I know, you are supposed to get back on the horse when you fall off, but actually for me, when I start accepting my excuses (which sometimes are pretty valid – like it’s 1 am and you should be sleeping!) I stop honouring my promises to myself – and it happens again and again. And it will only be me that I´m cheating.
But I love and honour myself. And the future me is and should always be a great influence in how I go through my days. And I know she will thank me for this.
Commitment. Dedication. You are able to become the best version of yourself.
I can’t count how many goals I’ve set and never reached. I have been in the progress of dreaming and wanting to change things, without ever getting as far as I want to go, for so many years.
However, something has changed in the way I view goals, changes and becoming who I want to be. But what is it really? Yes, of course, I have been able to see how powerful I am and how much I am actually capable of change. Yes, I know what I want and often know how to get there. Yes, I’ve read so much on goal setting, motivation and so on, that has drastically changed my view on life.
But even though all these things have affected the way I think and live, it´s not the main thing.
The main thing is – quite simply – that box I have to colour in. The box with today’s date on it and this months goal at the top.
It is this simple, actually. I wrote down my goal. I made a chart to fill in. I look at it every single day. And I know how amazing I will feel for accomplishing this goal.
Writing down my goals is something I started very recently – and it has dramatically changed the way I act in every day life, how I am becoming a better version of myself every day. I can feel how powerful it is, how scared I tend to be when writing down big goals because I know that the moment I´ve written this on paper it will happen – I can feel it – and I will need to grow so much and face my biggest fears to reach that goal. But I will do it, because I´m committed, and I am able to make all my dreams come true.
So yes, a point to you – write down your goals! And make them specific, with date and time, and amount or duration, every single detail. So at the end of the day you have a box to colour in, something that will make you feel like even though your day wasn’t so perfect – at least you honoured this promise you made for yourself. You took a step to becoming a better version of yourself. Your future self will thank you for it – and I´m sure you will turn out to love that person!
So that is what I will do now, I will colour my box. Because I deserve it – I honoured my promise. And three days in, it already feels amazing.
How about you? Do you have any tips for goal-setting and reaching your goals? What has worked for you (and what hasn’t)?