It takes time to undo a lifetime of bad choices, but you’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in just six months if you’re committed and take consistent action.
This is enough time to make good progress without being overwhelmed by some huge goal like, “I want to be worth $50 million in five years.” Six months is very manageable.
Use these strategies to change your life in just half a year:
1. Set four goals. Set a goal in each of the following areas: personal development, financial/career, health, and “other”. Most of us could use a money, health, and career boost, so that leaves one miscellaneous goal.
Financial—you might want to set a goal for your bank account balance, earnings, or pay off your debt.
Health—need to lose a few pounds? Imagine what six-months of following a consistent diet and exercise regimen could do.
Career—maybe, you want a promotion at work, to change companies, or even to change fields.
Miscellaneous—you could set a goal to travel somewhere, master that yoga pose, get a jump on learning a language, or buy a new car. The possibilities are endless, Queen.
A good goal is something that you believe is possible but would be challenging. It should also be something that makes you excited when you think about achieving it.
2. Measure your current situation. Understand where you’re starting, Queen. If you want to increase your savings account to $10,000, you’d better know your current balance. The same goes for your weight if you’re trying to lose weight. If you want to run a 5-minute mile, how fast can you run a mile right now?
3. Create a plan. Based on where you are and where you want to go, what is a logical plan to get there? Remember that you have six-months, so plan accordingly. 4. Determine the habits you need to ensure success. If you want to lose weight, your exercise and diet habits are important. Savings and spending habits are often important for financial goals, for example.
Your habits have a tremendous impact on the results you achieve in life. Good habits yield good results.
5. Set short-term goals. Let's be honest, it can be hard to stay focused on a goal for six-months, and it’s easy to procrastinate. So, set short-term goals that lead to your long-term goals. Sixty-days is about right for a short-term goal.
Set 60-day and 120-day goals for each of your 6-month goals.
6. Take action. Even with the best plans in the world, nothing happens until you take action to reach your goals, Queen.
7. Keep a journal. Record your feelings, plans, ideas, results, and observations. You’ll be amazed when you look back in your journal someday.
8. Measure your progress. Regularly measure your progress. It’s important to know how you’re doing, so you can make any adjustments. How will you know if your diet and exercise plans are working if you never get on the scale?
9. Be flexible in your approach. You’re probably not going to create the perfect plan right out of the gate. There will be a lot of fine-tuning along the way. Stick to your goals but be willing to change how you accomplish them.
10. Cross the finish line. Giving up is the only way to fail. Keep going, even when you feel like quitting.
It’s easy to fall into a routine that does a little more than maintain your life. You can do much better! Set a few goals and work hard for just six-months and see how far you can go, Queen.
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