With everything Monday, it’s easy for most people to blame nonproductive tendencies on ‘Monday blues’. Well, news flash, if you don’t set the tone for the week on a Monday morning (or better yet, Sunday night), not only are you in for inevitable ‘blues’, but you’re bound to have a very lousy week!

Let’s tackle setting and obtaining goals. We set goals constantly; from as small as “I will INDEED make it to work on time today, even if it kills me,” to “in five years I must take over the world.” Big or small, the obtaining of our goals ultimately boils down to two things: planning and execution.

Even setting goals can require a significant amount of planning. The problem often occurs when we fail to map out strategy, thus, opening us up to wandering aimlessly, twiddling thumbs, confusion, frustration, and failing. We can’t have that.

Here are a few tips to help motivate you to set and obtain so that success is the only option. Check it.

  1. Be realistic – It’s important to be aware of your time, strengths, weaknesses, and know-how when you set your goals. If your goal is to fly, ask yourself if you have wings. If you don’t, maybe your goal should be begin learning how to crawl before you even talk about walking. The more realistic we are with our abilities, resources, and access, the more likely we are to successfully see a plan through. If the pieces are all there, you’re just required to put them together (you can handle that,  right?).
  2. Challenge yourself – Much of the triumph in achieving goals is bred in impressing ourselves. You said you would, you thought; “Nah, I can’t, but just maybe, I could”, and then you did! Constantly challenging and stretching ourselves with each goal we set is the blueprint to getting to the next level. Do more than you think you can, and then do a little more than that.
  3. Think outside the box – This is not a counter to being realistic. Be realistic, sure, but be realistically imaginative. If your goal is to one day own a small business, imagine if that business snowballed into a conglomerate. Plan for greatness, execute that plan, and watch the universe open you to you. You have greatness within you, as Les Brown would put it.
  4. One step at a time – The most surefire way to get anywhere is by placing one foot in front of the other. Try not to allow the big picture to overwhelm you. Just keep stepping until you end up at the finish line.
  5. Slay – You did not come to play with these goals, you came to slay. Give it 100% at all times. You will better accept any outcome when you can look yourself in the mirror and say you gave it all you had. The secret is in planning and execution. Now consider yourself motivated! #YouArePossible 

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