Forging your own career or business takes a lot of work, and while there are many challenges that women face specifically, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your dreams a reality! Staying focused while striving toward your goals takes persistence, but everything is achievable if you’ve invested in a well-thought out plan. Below, we share some of the best tips for staying goal oriented.
Words: Jas Rawlinson
The first step in achieving your dreams is to write down a meaningful list of both short and long term goals, and prioritise what is most important now. Start working toward the goals that are most achievable, and make notes along the way on what you need to do to achieve your future plans.
For the majority of women, the internet plays a big role in our lives (hello new shoes!), but don’t underestimate its power when it comes to chasing goals. Networking is one of the best ways to grow your vision, and social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can allow you to market your content for free while connecting with like-minded individuals. Social media in particular, has become one of the fastest ways to draw potential customers and investors.
Don’t be afraid of the “F” word
We all fear it, but is failure really the worst thing in the world? Remember that no one ever got to where they were today without hard work and setbacks – even JK Rowling herself once felt that she was a failure, and worked for many years before achieving global success. Whether you’re searching for your dream career or starting your own business, at the end of the day all you need is one ‘yes’ – so stay focused on marketing yourself to as many people as possible until you reach that goal.
Get 24/7 help to break those habits!
These days we are only limited by our imaginations, and there are more apps than you could imagine to help you stay focused. Habit List ($3.99) and Life Tick ($0 – 200) are two apps that will help you get to where you want to be faster! Want to break a bad habit? Feel you’re procrastinating too much? Need help with motivation to reach your weekly goals? Habit List is your go-to app. Likewise, Life Tick will help you to establish your core values, goal set, create the necessary steps to achieve your goals, chart your progress, and even provide you with online coaches. Another nice touch is that you can invite others to view your progress and add comments to your achievements, which will help support and motivate you along the way.
If you’re constantly feeling bombarded by family and personal commitments – you’re not alone. It’s never easy to put 100% into your work when you have children and a booked-out schedule, but make sure you get support from family, friends and your partner so that you can remain focused on your goals.
Take time to remember why it is that you started on this journey to begin with. It’s common to feel overwhelmed at times, so make sure you take time out to visualise what it is you want, and remind yourself that you have what it takes to achieve your goals.