How to successfully plan & keep long-term goals | Tips

July 14, 2017


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Unknown 

Planning may appear a tedious task to some, or the origin of tranquility to others. Whatever your views are on planning, there is no denying that having a specific goal set provides the spark of different motives or ideas. An intention is a simple art that can be a personalized guide for your life. These intentions ignite and drive passion, which why we need to focus on the more long-term aspect of them. This creates the correct expression of our drive; we need some sort of an idea to eventually develop and advance beyond them.

Goals should be big – ones that shoot past the moon and the stars. It doesn’t matter if you “bite more off than you can chew”, actually trying and putting yourself out there will only benefit you with lessons and experiences.

Ask questions

Get ready to search into the depths of your soul for this one. Ask yourself meaningful questions that will cause you to have some serious idea breakthroughs about certain goals you want to set and accomplish. Questions like “What gift/passion do I want to present to the world?” or “What skills do I want to have obtained by my 75th birthday?” are great starters. When you have a moment, just write down any ideas that may have occurred to you, or think up new ones and ask yourself questions that relate to your ideas.

Document the process! Journaling will be your best friend in this situation. Obviously, long-term goals require some thought and life-provoking questions and journaling can assist you in doing just that.

Journal the process

Speaking of journaling, actually writing your goals on a physical piece of paper can help them become more realistic and ideal for the future and/or present. Seeing helps us to believe; things like vision boards or affirmations in your journal can encourage a successful journey towards your goals.

Once you decide on checkpoints to base your milestones around (more about this down below) you can journal in some updates or realizations that you’ve encountered since the last deadline. This will help you see growth in areas that aren’t always seen by the naked eye.

Find inspiration

The world is your oyster – use it. Seriously, find what gets your brain flowing and use it to fuel the fire inside. Personally, whenever I need full on inspiration for my goals, I go on YouTube and watch productive vlogs to get my day going. I’m not even kidding; something about watching other people complete their day’s work in an aesthetic manner makes me want to be productive.

Then, I create long-term goals for myself. Goals like meal-prepping or working on this blog every day are things that I know are important to me and that I need to work on and find inspiration for. Once I discover my inspiration, I get to work on my goals. One of my go-to methods for this is focusing on little habits I can improve in my daily life to achieve these goals. Find what works for you and use it to invest some time into your own goals.

Soak up knowledge

Once you’ve figured out the goals you want to accomplish in the far or near future, gaining any type of knowledge on that subject is most ideal. Any knowledge gained towards your goal will prepare you for the journey and end result. This will also ease your mind as you approach certain bumps in the road since you will have the knowledge to move far and beyond those difficulties.

Knowledge is the key to long-term success. For example, let’s say I have this goal of running 2 miles under twelve minutes and I want to achieve that in three months. I would begin running every morning, but also research tips on the best ways to accomplish this.

If you would happen to have some experience in the field you are setting your goals in, do not be afraid to read some “tips for beginners” articles. It may obtain the information you are already aware of, but some posts may also surprise you with their professional thoroughness.

Set check-ups

Finally, the best thing to do when you have a project you want to complete is to set check-ups or, like I discussed earlier, milestones. Treat this process like a homework assignment for a class; holding yourself accountable by setting up checkpoints throughout your journey can and will be effective. Once you feel like you have to finish a project by a certain time (or a certain piece done by a certain date) you will actually feel motivated to finish it within that amount of time.

I’ve found that scheduling what time/date I want to have a specific project finished by motivates me to schedule some time aside to work on it. Google Calendar will be your best friend if you love to schedule everything this way. I literally use it for everything. My entire schedule consists of meal/week prepping, time to work on my blog, photography shoots, my workouts, meditations, etc.

Of course, everything changes when the school year begins, but as of now, my schedule is everything I want it to be. The journey towards your goals can be beautiful as long as you make it fun and productive for yourself.

Obviously, it is super amazing to plan and prepare for your goals, but finding inspiration to hold a balanced schedule throughout can be a bit difficult. Always focus on ways to improve your habits and take it one step at a time.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one expects you to become this incredibly productive human being in one day. Walk casually through the process and enjoy life. That’s what goals are all about, right?

xx – Devynne


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