What does it take for a working woman to achieve their goals?
Now before we start, I must point out that the inability to stick to and achieve goals isn’t just a “working woman’s” issue. Many people, from all works of life,male and female often have difficulty in maintaining motivation with goal-setting and the reasons can be boiled down to just three main issues, which we’ll explore here.
Working Women don’t achieve their goals because they don’t actually know what it is or if they really want it
I’m all for goal setting, after all, if we don’t set goals how will we know when, or even how, to achieve anything. As with most coaches I believe goals should be SMART – that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
But the first step is actually knowing what it is that you want to achieve and more importantly WHY you want to achieve it.
If you set yourself a goal to achieve something firstly I want you to make sure it is something YOU WANT and not something you think you SHOULD have, do or be.
Anyone who knows me or has heard me speak about goal-setting will know my thoughts on “should”. in fact at the Northern VA Collaboration Event 2017 I helped attendees coin the term “should is shit!” – that’s how strongly I feel about the use of the word.
Ask yourself the following questions to help you find out if your goal is appropriate for you:
- What is the purpose of your goal – why are you doing this?
- What is the long term benefit for you?
- What is the cost of not doing it?
- How will you know when you achieve your goal – how will you feel? What will you experience?
- Are there any good reasons NOT to do this?
- What support do you need? Who can you ask for help?
- By saying “yes” to this, what are you saying “no” to and vice versa?
Working Women don’t achieve their goals because they don’t have anyone to hold them accountable
Most of the working women I have coached are self-employed and as such set personal and business goals that effect noone other than themselves and to this end they feel that they have no accountability.
If you find that you often give up on your dreams and goals (and you have checked that they really are YOUR goals) then it may be time to call in an accountability partner.
May be a spouse, partner or friend? Or how about a business acquaintance – you could work together on it?
You can join my FREE accountability and goal setting mailing list here, and I’ll send you regular emails to help you stay on track!
Working Women don’t achieve their goals because they don’t have anyone to celebrate (or commiserate) with
Similar to the above, self-employed working women often feel a lack of motivation to achieve goals if they feel that no one will notice. An accountability partner can help you celebrate and also commiserate if it doesn’t work out as planned.
But don’t forget to blow your own trumpet too. Announce your successes on social media and/or in your newsletter so that your fans can celebrate with you.
And don’t forget to reward yourself as well.
Here are some more tips to help you achieve your goals
- Forget perfectionism
- Embrace realism
- Don’t beat yourself up
- Enjoy the journey
- Appreciate successes along the way
- Join The Wellness Academy 🙂
What’s your goal – and how do you plan to achieve it?