One of my favorite ways to make things happen is by setting visible goals. For me, it isn't enough to set goals in my head. I need to write them down. Big! And in my face! Or they won't get done. The easiest way for me to do this is to spend a few minutes and write down the 3-5 BIG things I want to happen in the next few months. A few months ago, those things were ART SHOP, BLOG, WRITE MY NOVEL. Obviously those are BIG goals and I have really only been able to focus on the first two. My novel will have to wait, but I am still working on it in small ways, writing down small inspirations when they come to me.
But since I had a piece of paper on my desk AT ALL TIMES with those words on them, I knew that if I wasn't working towards those things each and every day, then I wouldn't be happy. If I made even a small attempt at them, I would be.
And so I started painting or sketching or writing down blog ideas every single day, without fail. I always had those goals staring me in the face, reminding me that I had things that I really wanted to accomplish.
So how can you set visible goals and actually accomplish them?
Sit down with yourself and be honest about what you want. Do you want to start a business? Write down START A BUSINESS. Want to get a job? Write down APPLY TO EVERY JOB. Want to start a blog? Write that down. Maybe you are having some sort of existential crisis where you don't know what you want to do with your life (that's cool) and if you don't have those big life goals, think about smaller goals, like "learn to crochet" or "buy some art supplies" or "update my Linkedin profile." Small goals can be hard to accomplish too.
Once you've taken the time to write down your goals (and BIG - the bigger the better), it's time to make them happen. Pin these goals in a place you will see every day. If you love to spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning, maybe your mirror is the best place. If you work at a computer all day, perhaps a big note peeking from your keyboard will work. If you have to drive a lot for your job, your dashboard could be a good place. A note in your phone probably isn't enough. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something you see a lot, hence the term visible goals.
Now, be hard on yourself. When you aren't feeling the day, make a conscious choice to do one small thing to move forward with your goal. And when you are feeling the day, make bigger strides toward the goal. Just remember that big goals don't happen without the small steps along the way.
Lastly and most importantly, I believe very strongly that if you are willing to forgive yourself when you don't follow through that you will be more likely to make more (and bigger! and better!) goals in the future. There are so many reasons why we don't follow through with goals, but it shouldn't stop you from making new ones.
So, are you going to try setting visible goals? What goal-setting techniques do you use?