So you’ve started something, now what?

3 tips to crank up your momentum and reach your goal

Congratulations, you’ve started something! And that something is important to you. Perhaps its a project or a health regimen or a job search. Like most things, it takes commitment, effort and time. And you’ve got lots going on. How do you maintain focus and keep making progress so you can reach your goal? Here are 3 tips to help you keep on keepin’ on:

Ruthlessly prioritize

“You always have time for the things you put first” — Unknown

On a moment to moment basis we have 7 things competing for our attention. So the name of the game is prioritization. Whatever it is that you want to do it must be at the top of your your daily to do list or it won’t get done. Ask yourself:

  1. What do I want to commit to by the end of this week? Write it down somewhere you will see it every day.
  2. What do I need to do each day in order to get there? Again, write it down.

Whatever you come up with, put these items at the top of your daily to do list. And now for the ruthless part, you MUST stick with it. Yup, that means you might have to skip drinks with the guys or DVR that episode of Walking Dead. If you really, really want it, then THIS is your top priority. It isn’t gonna happen on its own.

Schedule it in (with pen!)

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities” — Stephen Covey

Now that you know what you are going to accomplish this week, its time for you to block off dedicated time to do what you need to do. I know, I know, you are already so busy. When, Glennon Doyle Melton, an author, artist and activist I greatly admire, was starting to write she had 3 small children at home so she woke up at 4:30am to write in her closet each day. So, yes, you too can find the time and place to focus on what you want to achieve.

At the beginning of each week block off dedicated time to focus on your project. Consider:

  1. How much time do I need?
  2. When and where can I get uninterrupted time?

Make sure you include those close to you — your spouse, kids, roommate or parents in your plan. Coordinating with them will help you all feel committed to making your plan work.

Find an accountability partner

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results” — Bob Proctor

Unless you have an iron will it can be darned difficult to be accountable to yourself. “Oh, just one bite won’t hurt”, “Just 5 more minutes of sleep”, “No one will miss me if I’m not there”. Sound familiar? For me, I know I am much more likely to make it to 6:30am yoga class if I know a friend will be there. Once we bring someone else into our plan and make our goals “public” our commitment level increases exponentially. So here’s what you do:

  1. Find a partner. It could be a friend, coworker, your coach, or the barista at the neighborhood coffee shop
  2. Tell them about your goals.
  3. Make a commitment to them. For example, “Hi Bob, I am going to write 3 blog posts this week and email them to you by Friday. You don’t need to read them, but could you check in with me if you don’t receive them?”

And if you are up for it, check in with your partner and see if they have some goals that you could help out with.

Pretty soon you will be closing in on your goal.