Assess your 1st Quarter Goals with this free downloadable worksheet!

1st Quarter Goals Check In: Free Download!

It’s hard to believe we’re already about done with March and heading into April! And this is a great time to check in with your 1st Quarter Goals and see if you need to revise anything – which is totally okay.

To help with this, I’ve got a FREE Goals Assessment Worksheet you can download right from this blog post. Keep reading for details on how you can assess, revise or continue to progress!

There are a lot of reasons why we don’t achieve our goals, the main one being that life is messy and it can be hard to work toward a goal with everything else we do in our lives. But we also want to make sure we’re setting ourselves up for success when we set goals.

 

Set Yourself Up For Success

 

Are you progressing toward achieving your goals? Or do you still push them aside to tend to other things instead?

Remember that you need to set SMART goals. That’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding and Trackable.

Time is a big factor in reaching our goals. When you set a goal, you want to dedicate a certain amount of time to it each week. Be realistic about how much time you can actually commit. Maybe you need to scale your goals back if you underestimated how long it would take to reach them.

“Constantly revamp your game plan and set yourself up for success the next time.”

The main reason we set time aside for our goals each week is to start and maintain momentum. You should be going forward and at a minimum don’t go back. If you want to workout once or twice a week, do it at least once a week, don’t go back to not doing it at all. Success is exponential.

Be clear on why you’re pursuing your goals. If you’re not passionate about it or perceive it as negative maybe that’s why you’re not succeeding. A great example is having a goal for weight loss. For some people this goal works just fine but for a lot of us, weighing ourselves, going to the gym weekly, and counting calories is a very negative and hard to achieve goal. If you were to revise it to “live a healthier lifestyle” and start eating a little healthier, going on more walks, and attending one active class that sounds fun (yoga, pilates, zumba), you’ll start seeing changes in your body and have fun with it, rather than feeling like you have to push yourself through a weight loss process.

Similarly, think about WHY you want to achieve this goal. If you’ve been afraid of or avoiding working on your goal, then you should spend a lot of time on this step. The fear isn’t going to go away by waiting it out. Take time to figure out why you’re afraid of this goal and why you don’t want to work on it. If you don’t know why you’re working towards something you’ll never complete it.

 

How to Revise & Make Progress

 

Goals are never set in stone – amend them if you need to.

If you’re already off track from your original timeline – rewrite it! Stop feeling guilty and reset. If your next step feels daunting break it down into smaller steps. Figure out why it feels this way and how you can get past it.

Commit to the system of reaching your goal, not just the goal itself. Systems are a long-term process, and while goals are good for planning progress, systems are good for making progress. Your system should have smaller goals or steps within it. Use these as reward points and give yourself something small to work toward. If your goal is to save money, reward yourself with a nice dinner or a new outfit when you get to a certain point. Have a cheat meal at a reward point in your diet. Your system can’t be all work and no play. You need rewards to stick to it. It may even help to mark when you get a reward in your planner or on a timeline.

Have an if > then “emergency plan” for days when something happens and you miss a step in your system. “If I skip my plan of working out daily then the next day I will work out an extra 10 minutes.” This emergency plan allows yourself forgiveness for a skipped day and sets an action for the next day so you don’t have to spend the whole day guilting yourself for not doing what you said you would.

 

What’s Next?

 

Appreciate your failure. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you miss a day or if you fail to reach a monthly goal. Try to stick to your emergency plan and learn from your failures. Take time to look at where you went wrong and learn from the missteps to tweak your system a bit for the next month. Maybe your rewards aren’t enough or your next step is too daunting. Constantly revamp your game plan and set yourself up for success next time.

Along with this, make sure you’re tracking and reviewing your goals. You can CLICK HERE to start downloading and using our handy Goals Assessment Worksheet to see your daily success and motivate yourself to keep going!

Feel free to comment below what your goal is or what your revised goal is after using the worksheet. What do you think has worked well for you to make progress on your goals? What are some things you’re going to improve? I’m excited to hear about all the awesome things you want to accomplish!

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  • Donna Parrish

    Enjoyed this blog. Very encouraging and lots of good tips for staying/getting on track!

    April 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

  • Michelle Parsons

    Thank you, Tonya, for the life raft amidst a tumultuous sea! Your podcasts, blogs, and planners have helped me organize, prioritize, define my mission, and write down my dreams, goals, and priorities. I cannot thank you enough! Aloha!

    May 11, 2017 at 12:38 am

  • inkWELL Press

    Michelle, that is such an amazing thing to hear! That is EXACTLY my goal for you and other women to feel this way. It sounds like you’re using all the tools together & in the right way to motivate you toward your goals and dreams! Thank you!

    May 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton