SETTING GOALS FOR THE WEEK + WAYS TO ACHIEVE THEM
Happy Monday, everybody!! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. This weekend was incredible for us. Neither Jacob nor I worked for the first time in a while, so we knew it was going to be a blast!
This week’s Monday Thoughts is all about goal-setting.
This upcoming week is an important one for me. It’s a week where I need to really focus on my work ahead of me. I have digitals for my modeling agency coming up on Thursday. Having digitals taken means going into my agency, getting into a bikini, and having pictures taken of me. This is crucial for keeping a model’s portfolio and measurements up-to-date. After that, I’m having my first catwalk video taken to submit to fashion clients. I’ve been studying models’ walks and practicing on my own.
So what does this have to do with anything?
I know in order to get the best pictures possible, I need to do two things: work out and eat healthy. And how am I going to successfully complete both of those? I need to set goals in order to get great pictures. I’ve always had to set goals for everything to stay motivated — nursing, modeling, volleyball, the list goes on and on. My main goal of modeling is to get into the fashion category (the very top percentage of models get into category), which would be big for my modeling career. I have a huge shoot with a very well-known photographer coming up later this month, so I’ve been hitting the gym hard for it. Again, I’m setting goals to create a bigger opportunity for success. Success in this case means great pictures for my portfolio.
There are short-term goals and long-term goals that I’m currently working on. Setting goals provides long-term vision in our lives, but everybody’s goals are different.
For you, it might be to get that next promotion by a certain date or to nail your next presentation at work.
For me, my short-term goal is to work out at least three times before my digitals on Thursday morning and to stay away from the normal unhealthy food that I eat and to ONLY eat healthy, natural, unprocessed food.
Are both attainable? Absolutely.
Do both require to work our hardest to achieve them? Absolutely.
We all need goals to keep us going. Having a goal is crucial to performing well, staying motivated, and being excited while doing it all! Once you hit that goal, you reward yourself and then you make another one. Every single time you achieve it, it is so rewarding knowing you worked hard to get there.
If you’ve never heard of S.M.A.R.T goals, it’s your lucky day. This method is created by Brian Tracy, a famous and successful life coach, who breaks up goal-creating into five different sections: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. These are all components to creating attainable but rewarding goals. Look over these before creating your own goals.
After creating your goals, look back and make sure they fit all of the SMART categories. If they don’t, tweak them. Once you’re happy with the goal, it’s time to get into action. Setting goals is easy. In the beginning, it’s easy. In the middle, it’s really hard to stay motivated. Sometimes, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel — the final outcome.
If you’re struggling with your goals, here are some ways to stay motivated:
WRITE THEM OUT
There’s something about writing your goals out that makes you feel more accountable for achieving them. I’m the type of person who loves lists. Whenver I get to check something off, it feels like a little weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It’s that feel-good moment that keeps me going. So write them down and cross them off when they’ve been completed. You will feel more rewarded — I promise.
MAKE THEM ATTAINABLE
This is big. We would all love to dream big and shoot for the stars, but we also have to make our goals attainable. There is no worse feeling than not attaining a goal. We’ve all been there, it’s the absolute worst. But when we attain that goal, we’re on cloud 9 — especially those long-term goals!
Example: My role model in the fashion industry is Sara Sampaio. Why? She’s the shortest (but the prettiest, in my opinion) Victoria Secret Angel, just like I’m a very short model. Yeah, I mean, she’s still 5’9, but she’s worked so hard to get where she is. Making an unattainable goal would be to say I want to get as much work as Sara. That’s just not going to happen. So my long term goal is to get into the fashion industry to get AS MUCH work as I possibly can.
See? Totally attainable and totally motivating. Yes, I will still try to be like Sara in every way possible, though. I may have looked at her catwalk a few toooo many times.
CONSTANTLY REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR ULTIMATE GOALS
Reminding yourself of your ultimate goals will keep you motivated. There’s a fine line between reminding and obsessing, though. Don’t let this consume your life. Keep working your hardest toward your goals while keeping the most important things on your mind: God, your family, and your friends. Don’t ever forget that! But reminding yourself of your goals and how it will feel once they’re achieved is enough to keep you driven and excited.
MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS
Measuring your progress is another factor for motivation. Seeing how far you’ve come is something that will definitely make you want to keep going. This is crucial for long-term goals. The simple way to measure your progress is to check off your short-term goals. The more of those you achieve, the closer you are to ultimately achieving your long-term goals!
Let’s all set goals for this week. Let’s be the best we can possibly be and cross off as many goals as we possibly can!
What are your long-term goals? And what have you been doing to try to achieve them? Comment below!