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How to Start and Stick to Realistic Goals: 10 Steps For Success

Setting out on the path toward your goals can be an exhilarating endeavour. However, at times, the road ahead may appear daunting. Feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about where to begin is not uncommon. Fear not! Our guide is here to provide practical insights, ensuring you master ‘How to Start and Stick to Realistic Goals’ with ease. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. My Own Struggle With Self-Discipline Once upon a time, I prided myself on being an incredibly organized individual—perhaps, some might argue, a little too organized for my own good. (Monica from the Friends TV show comes to mind)  Yet, as of late, I’ve found my self-discipline waning in more ways than one.  It’s all too easy to become entangled in the mundane rhythm of everyday life and, even easier, to forget about the ambitious goals I diligently set at the commencement of each month. Why? Life, it seems, has a way of throwing curveballs. And then there are the ceaseless distractions—social media, the tempting allure of Netflix, the joy of devouring an entire book in a single day, and the never-ending string of WhatsApp chats. Unrealistic Goals? Yes A Trait Hard To Shift Guilty as charged, I’ve been known to set goals of a rather unrealistic nature. For example, my year-long endeavour to shed those stubborn pounds. A venture that, I must confess, has not been met with success. As January rolled around once more, I planned out in my planner how I would aim to lose a kilogram every month. Unrealistic? Undoubtedly. Between the lack of time for daily workouts and the hormonal rollercoaster accompanying perimenopause, the odds are stacked against me. Not to mention, when I step on the scale and see that unwanted number pop up on its screen, my resolve wavers. The next thing I know, I’m reaching for that croissant patiently waiting in the kitchen. Time Well Spend Researching The How To Start And Stick To Realistic Goals With the aim of creating a well-balanced schedule for my own goal-keeping, I began researching how to start and stick to realistic goals. And, whilst it’s not a walk in the park, it is achievable. If like me you want to get started on those long-forgotten dreams, (or maybe they aren’t forgotten, but there is such a thing as blissful ignorance), the key lies in setting achievable goals whilst making discipline and consistency your driving force.  What Are Realistic Goals? Simply put, realistic goals are just that—realistic! They are objectives you set for yourself that are both attainable and practical, within a given context, of course. When setting realistic goals, it is imperative to consider various factors such as time constraints, available resources, individual capabilities, and external circumstances. Unlike overly ambitious goals, realistic goals align with one’s current situation and are achievable with reasonable effort. Realistic goals possess five key characteristics: The Importance of Setting Realistic Goals From the Get-Go When embarking on a journey to achieve an objective, the importance of setting realistic goals from the start cannot be overstated. We all set goals with success as an endgame; therefore, realistic goals will undoubtedly serve as the cornerstone for a successful venture. They lay down the foundation for achievable milestones and sustainable progress—a clear roadmap aligning ambition with practicality. Attaining goals requires raw honesty with oneself. This honesty provides an acknowledgement of the constraints and challenges that may arise along the way, assisting in fostering a mindset of adaptability and resilience. This approach not only increases the chances of success but also ensures a more fulfilling journey toward personal and professional growth. 10 Steps On How To Start And Stick To Realistic Goals 1. Define Clear Objectives: Clearly articulate your goals, breaking them down into specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) objectives. This clarity provides a roadmap for success.  Scroll down to download a free SMART goal planning worksheet! 2. Start Small – Tiny Steps: Begin with manageable goals that you can realistically achieve. Small victories build confidence and momentum for more significant challenges. One of my daily mantras is, ‘Tiny steps are better than no steps at all’. There are days when life just gets in the way, so instead of being hard on myself, I take action on a smaller scale. Showing up for yourself, despite it being in small doses, will provide you with a sense of self-love and appreciation.  3. Prioritize Your Goals: Focus on the most important goals first. Prioritization helps prevent overwhelm and ensures you’re directing your energy where it matters most. 4. Create an Action Plan: Break your goals into actionable steps. Develop a detailed plan outlining what needs to be done, when, and how. This roadmap keeps you organized and accountable. 5. Build Consistent Habits: Cultivate habits aligned with your goals. Consistency is key to creating lasting change. Small, regular actions compound over time to yield significant results. If you are interested in finding a way to introduce habits that will lead to a healthier life, then check out our blog post – 10 Healthy Habits For A Better Life 6. Track Your Progress: Regularly assess your progress. Tracking your achievements provides motivation and helps identify areas that may need adjustment. Our habit tracker will undoubtedly become a helpful tool in keeping track of your progress. Do not underestimate how good it feels to see multiple boxes ticked at the end of your day.  7. Stay Flexible: Life is unpredictable, and obstacles may arise. Be adaptable and willing to adjust your goals or methods when necessary. Flexibility is crucial for long-term success. I struggle with this aspect. In the past, I have adapted to a very rigid mindset, driven by an intense need to stick to routines. A way to feel in

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Following Your Dreams: The Key To A Happy Life

Following Your Dreams: The Key To A Happy Life

On September 25th, we celebrate World Dream Day. In this blog post, we delve into the profound significance of following your dreams, unravelling the transformative power they hold in shaping not only your destiny but also your very identity. Join us in celebrating this wonderful day, and let us embrace our dreams as the compass that can guide us towards a life of fulfilment and meaning. What Are Dreams?  Life is a grand tapestry, and dreams are the threads that weave our unique stories. They are the spark that inspires the fuel for our passion. Our guiding star in a world that grows uglier by the minute. Dreams are the one thing that carries us forward, separating us from the adulting. It enhances our life with purpose and focus, making us feel alive. It gives us hope, even when we feel hopeless. Dreams take us back to the yesteryears when we didn’t know any better before life happened and we had to grow up, leaving behind those dreams that kept us hopeful for a bright future.  Childhood Dreams As a child life felt like a blank canvas of dreams waiting to be painted. My childhood and teen years were spent in faraway lands, dreaming of dragons and magic. Crafting epic heroines and conjuring magical worlds that defied the laws of nature. My imagination knew no boundaries.   My dreams have evolved over the years. I went from wanting to be a teacher to dreaming of becoming the next Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey, and eventually, to aspiring to become a best-selling author. Teaching turned out to be unrealistic for me, as I soon realized I couldn’t handle being surrounded by people for extended periods. Singing was something I truly enjoyed, and I still do to this day, but let’s be realistic – I’m no Whitney Houston. My Biggest Dream The writing dream though, was and still is my most treasured dream. However, no matter how much I used to write, whether in my diary as a little girl, or drafting made-up stories, I never believed I was good enough. I honestly didn’t think I could pull it off.  I grew up in a realist home. My father came from a generation that believed that women belonged in the house, taking care of the husband and the children. Whilst he didn’t exactly wish that for me, he did make it quite clear that all I needed to succeed in life was a job, a home and a husband. And for a while (and by a while, I mean twenty years) that is exactly what I did. Until….I didn’t.   Spreading My Wings and Believing I Could This past year has been one massive lesson. I acquired new skills and learned how to navigate rough waters with grace and a smile on my face, but mostly I learned that I had wings, and I could fly.  Launching The Opinionated Magpies, Lifestyle blog has been a dream come true, as well as a Godsend. It has given me a purpose, even on those days when darkness overshadowed my focus. I came to the profound realization that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. Thus, I embarked on a journey to revive long-forgotten dreams, embracing the opportunity with newfound determination. And although it’s still early days, my dreams are now bigger than ever and my will mightier.  Why It’s Vital To Follow Your Heart Let’s dive into the profound reasons that make chasing your aspirations an essential part of a fulfilling life. 1. Passion Ignites Purpose Allowing yourself to get excited about those forgotten dreams, will bring a new purpose and focus into your life. Remember the excitement when you were a kid? Wouldn’t you want to feel that again? Waking up every day with a fire in your belly.  Feeling so passionate about something, that it doesn’t feel like a chore. In fact, far from it, it becomes an avenue for self-expression and growth. 2. Unleash Your Potential We all possess unique talents and skills. A well of creativity waiting to be unleashed. When you decide to follow your heart and work hard for your dreams, the gateway to your full potential is unlocked. Align your actions with your passions and discover hidden abilities and strengths you never knew existed.  3. Overcoming Obstacles Builds Resilience If I had a penny for every time I shouted out ‘I give up’ whilst designing our website, I would be a millionaire by now. However, I knew my desire to follow my dream was stronger than my frustrations. Failing is part of learning. You will always learn more from failures than from success…..at least that’s what Ed Sheeran says. I totally agree with him. Pursuing your dreams does not guarantee smooth sailing. On the contrary, challenges and setbacks will always surface. It’s how you deal with them that counts. They will teach you the power of resilience, perseverance, and the art of adaptability. Overcome them and you will grow stronger and more resilient, equipping yourself to face future challenges with confidence.  4. A Life Of Regret vs. A Life Well-Lived As your final days approach, the last thing you’ll wish to confront are regrets. Regrets of missed opportunities, of not living the life you wanted to live, of not living up to your full potential. For me, I rather not have any regrets about not having tried. Following your dreams ensures that you live a life with fewer “what ifs” and more “I’m glad I did”. It’s an insurance policy against the sorrow of missed opportunities. 5. Inspiring Others You might not think so, but there will always be someone who is inspired by your actions. Following your dreams is more than just a personal pursuit; It’s a chance to inspire others, by boldly chasing your aspirations and becoming the living example of what’s possible.  Imagine if your actions encourage those around you to embrace their dreams and strive for their own greatness?? 6. The Joy Of

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