I’ve been blogging now for 2.5 years! I can’t believe it! It’s been nothing short of a thrill ride. I’m so proud of what I’ve built over these past couple of years, and the experiences keep getting better and better. I can’t thank you enough for all of your support – really. To wake up each morning and see a flurry of positive comments and encouragement makes my heart swell, and all the hard work has been completely worth it. Better yet, meeting readers in person who follow my journey has been the best reward ever.
This success has been attributed to me setting attainable goals and milestones for myself. Every three months, I sit down and write out a list of accomplishments that I want to complete. I then place this list somewhere I can see it every single day. And you know what? It totally works. Thank you Ryan, for this wonderful tip! I apparently have to try a little harder to reach my Chanel bag goal, but I’m being patient!!
Yellow Wrap Mini Dress – Shein | Oriana Espadrilles – L’Intervalle (similar here and here) | Tassel Bag – Dezzal | Round Metal Sunnies – Ray-Ban | Turquoise Bracelet – ALEX AND ANI | Conch Shell Charm Bangle – ALEX AND ANI | iPhone Case – Ted Baker
Now, milestones can be scary too. In speaking with a lot of my friends and people I meet about town, I notice that a lot of us suffer from what I call “comparison-itis”. Comparison-itis is the thief of joy, people. I’m not immune to it myself. All I have to do is open up Instagram and look at beautiful vacation pictures or a fabulous blogger carrying the latest it-bag, and I can’t help but feel like I don’t measure up sometimes. I quickly refocus though, and realize that I have it pretty good. Sometimes it pays to have blinders on.
So, for this post, I want to share with you all my advice on setting some real, attainable milestones that make you feel like you’re winning at life.
Surround Yourself With Good People
“You are the company you keep.” is something my mom would say to me constantly while growing up…mainly while I was 12 or 13-years-old and hanging with a girl she didn’t like. Oh Mum! LOL! She was right.
I learned quickly that when you surround yourself with like-minded, positive people, it’s easy to lead a good life. My friends consist of salt of the earth types who love to eat, travel, experience different cultures and are open-minded and open-hearted.
It gets real boring, real fast – not to mention disheartening, when you’re stuck with people who are gossipy, mean-spirited and all-around negative. You can’t win at life by being insecure and tearing others down.
What Is Important To You – Really?
Stop and think about what is important to you. Do you want to reduce your credit card debt in order to buy a home? Need a car so that you can quit suffering on the bus? Want to jet off to Paris for a great life experience?
It seems like common sense to identify your goals and objectives, but sometimes we get sidetracked by pretty things with no longevity, like designer handbags that don’t hold their value or trendy clothing. If a goal will really help you and make you happy for years to come, write it down and look at it daily until you reach it.
Stop Worrying About Age
I hear this all the time – especially from women. “I should have had a baby by now”, “I’m 30 and I’m not managing my division yet!”, “My sister bought her first house at 28. This will never happen for me.”
People get hung up on life markers. The truth of the matter is that we are living in a way different age than what our parents experienced. With sky-rocketing home prices and how expensive everything is, it just takes longer to reach those goals.
Honestly – how you achieve your goals is much more important than when. For instance, let’s say you want to finish your degree. You’re working full-time though and feel helpless regarding when you can actually finish it. How about taking a leave of absence from your work to get it done? What about part-time studies? Some employers allow their staff to go to school while working and still offer full-time employment.
It’s all in the research and effort. Put in the legwork, and you will achieve your goals.
Think About Who You Want To Share Your Goals With
Be choosy regarding who your share your goals and achievements with. You must surround yourself with supportive people who lift you up and encourage you to do well.
Nothing kills your go-getting spirit than nay-sayers you break you down or make fun of what you are setting out to do. For instance, I dated a guy who made fun of the fact that I wanted to complete my degree in art history. “That’s so dumb. Have fun in the unemployment line!!” Well, guess who’s still in the unemployment line, and guess who visited the Galleria Borghese in Italy to take in some artistic wonders?
The same goes for achievements. It’s great to share your wins with your true friends and family. It’s also important to live your best life with humility. Some people have difficulty hearing about others’ wins due to whatever reasons they are dealing with. Others automatically think you are bragging. Eitherway, if you attain a goal, feel free to express with your genuine supporters in a way that is humble. No need to go all “Kanye” on people. They’ll cheer you on and motivate you to keep going.
Set Itty Bitty Milestones In Between
While setting your long and short-term goals, set some itty-bitty ones too. They can be anything – mini-goals that go to achieving bigger, related ones, or just little goals that make you feel good from day to day.
Some little ones I set for myself:
- Sharing the tons of beauty products I receive with my friends and family, mainly to see some big smiles and declutter.
- Finish reading that book I started six months ago.
- Adding an extra kilometre to my 5K runs.
- Doing 100 crunches instead of 75.
So on and so forth…
Achieving these little goals and crossing them off your list sure feels good at the end of the day and motivates you to keep going.
Don’t forget to reward yourself when you hit your goals! Doesn’t have to be anything crazy (or hey – maybe it does!), but it’s important to treat yourself when your hardwork pays off.
When I crushed my first 10K, shaving 5 minutes off my best 10K run, I treated myself and my husband to a huge pancake breakfast at our fave brunch spot. God – that felt good. When I paid off my car early, I bought myself some champagne. And when I successfully finished a workout training program, I treated myself to a fancy limited edition lip gloss. It’s the little things, you know, that keep you going.
I’m really interested to hear how you guys goal set and achieve your big milestones. Do you feel any pressure to achieve your goals? Are you one of those that stresses about attaining something by a certain age? Please share in the comments!
*Photography at Café Cristal courtesy of www.styledbytara.com