Keep On Keepin’ On – Staying Motivated

You could say I’m a bit of a dreamer. All through school I’d sit there and think about all the things I wanted to accomplish in my life. Graduate University, travel the world, become a millionaire all pretty big dreams.

But luckily I’m also a list maker, whether it’s my “to-dos” for the day, week or even month. And, to be honest, I always get quite a kick crossing every item off.

It wasn’t until I started working for bucketlist.org that I realized I could transition this mentality of thinking into my larger life goals, the things I wanted to achieve before I died, my bucket list!

Motivation is often something that diminishes over time, especially in this lull period between ‘New Years Resolutions’ and summer time goals. But here’s a little exercise to help keep on track to crushing your bucket list.

hang in there cat1. Choose one goal

Our bucket lists should be long and crazy awesome, but sometimes all that ‘crazy-awesomeness’ may become a little overwhelming. My advice? Choose one goal at a time. Something that excites you, but at the same time a SMART goal, remember those?

2. Step by step, day by day

Take your goal and break it down into mini goals. Personally, I am training to run a 10km race by the end of April (I don’t like running). But one of the things that keeps me going is the training schedule, broken down into three runs a week. Its really helped me focus on the little milestones along the way. At first running a 10km seemed nearly impossible to me, but after completing about a month of training, my goal seemed within reach.

3. Hold Yourself Accountable – tell a friend

Some goals are private, and mean more to you alone, than anyone can understand. But for the ones you are ready to share, tell a friend, and have him or her tell you theres. It truly is amazing the power of sharing your goals has! Just check out this awesome stat:

People who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals!” (source)

4. Keep on, Keepin’ on

Finally, as the title suggests, keep moving forward. If you mess up a week, don’t beat yourself up, after all you’re only human. The best way to get over the failures is to celebrate the victories. You run a mile without stopping? Celebrate! Booked your flights? Celebrate! Wrote down your bucket list? Celebrate! After all life is all about the little things!

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5 Things Successful Goal Setters Do (That You Need to Too)

So you’ve set your goals, and you’ve begun to take the next steps to start crossing off your bucket list goals. But sometimes it’s hard to stay driven and motivated. Take a look at successful people’s habits because there is so much we can learn from them! Here are:

Five things successful goal setters (and achievers) do, that you should too!

1. Wake Up Early

It may seem like a little bit of a no brainer, but studies have shown that waking up early (I’m talking 5am) will make you more proactive and more productive. I’ll admit, I love sleeping, it’s wonderful, but in the long run I know checking off one of those bucket list items will feel so much better!

2. Map Out Your Day

I’m a big believer of lists, to do lists, daily tasks, and of course life lists. If you don’t think you have time to do something, scheduling your day, or even your week will make you more productive.

3. Watch 1 hour of Less of TV a Day

Again, tv is awesome, but is it really a good use of time? If you’re finding that you’re running low on time, but still manage to watch the entire season of House of Cards in one sitting, try cutting down your tv time a little bit, and put it towards achieving a goal!

4. Set Specific Goals and Prioritize Them

SMART goal setting works! But not only that, by prioritizing what you want to accomplish will make sure you won’t feel overwhelmed. Motivation is key to successfully achieving your goals. A lot of people feel discouraged from a failure or setback, prioritizing and working your goals into your daily routine will help keep you on track.

5. Exercise/Meditate

Finally, a common thread of successful goal setters is that they make time to exercise and/or meditate. Personal development and maintaining a well balanced lifestyle.

Check out this cool infographic on the habits of the worlds wealthiest people, although they all came from diverse backgrounds, they seem to have some common traits…

successful goal setters infographic

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SMART Goals with Bucketlist University [Infographic]

Class, I stand before you a proud teacher. I’ve shared with you my wisdom on SMART goal setting, and now it is time you spread your wings and fly (literally if you want to skydive).

But it’s time for you to grab your bucket list by the metaphorical horns and start achieving your life goals.

We love making goal setting and especially SMART goal setting as easy as possible so we created a handy infographic chocked full of neat stats to help you stay motivated!

Setting SMART Goals with Bucketlist University

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Attainable Goals are SMART Goals

Don’t get me wrong, dreaming is a beautiful thing! And I encourage you all to dream big old hairy goals … every once and a while.

I’ve always wanted to be legitimate royalty (too many Disney movies growing up) but I have to be honest with myself, finally at age 22, I don’t think Prince Harry is going to turn around a propose to me (at least not for a little while.)

The same can be said for setting SMART GOALS, make them attainable goals. Understanding our limitations, doesn’t mean we have to settle for the mundane. I think it means the opposite. It means that we can set our sights on outrageously awesome goals that with some work and planning we can actually achieve! And let me tell you, accomplishing these types of goals are so, so sweet!

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SMART Goals

Here’s a quick refresher on SMART goals. Let’s step back a little. What is a SMART goal? Well, a SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

The beauty of following this framework for setting you goals is that they are way more likely to succeed than an unfocused goal!

Making Your Goal Attainable Goals

Just by creating a goal and writing it down you innately begin to start laying out the steps you need to take in order to complete it!

We all do it. There has been countless hours I’ve surfed the internet for cheap flights, good hotel deals on just drooling over cool vacation destinations. Believe it or not, these are some of the first steps in accomplishing an item on your bucket list. Realizing that these goals are attainable will change your everyday actions!

Begin laying out the process through which you can achieve your goal. Every day activities, or monthly checkins roughly marking out the direction you will go will help in making your goal attainable!

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Specific Goals are SMART Goals- Bucketlist University

So, you’ve sat down, figured out your core values and are itching to start your bucket list. Congratulations! You’re on your way to crossing off your goals in no time at all!

But can I be frank with you? Achieving goals is challenging, but the rewards are amazing!

Just like you need to set your goals based on your core values, setting SMART goals will allow you to see the road to success more clearly and direct.

So to start off the second instalment of Bucketlist University, today we’ll be looking at putting the S in SMART goals, be specific!

SMART Goals

Actually, let’s step back a little. What is a SMART goal? Well, a SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

The beauty of following this framework for setting you goals is that they are much more likely to succeed than an unfocused goal!

Specific Goals

I’m sure many of you are in school, and are told on the regular how important it is to be specific in your work. Whether it is in an essay or an algebra question precision is expected for success. Well the same goes for your goals.

I sure know I could lose a few pounds after the holidays, but a not SMART goal would be to get fit. Instead working on the core value I believe in, fitness, if I set a specific goal of running a 5 km race in 30 minutes, I can now work towards a specific goal.

Making Specific Goals

A simple method to setting a specific goal is by answering these 6 W’s.

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

The more information the better! When you lay out the guidelines for your goal, taking the next step is inevitable!

Before you know it from making your goal specific, you will begin to subconsciously work towards it through your everyday decisions and choices!

Interested in finding out more on SMART goal setting? Stay tooned! In the next few weeks we will be adding to our Bucketlist University series and guiding you on your bucket list journey.

PS: We found this great infographic on goal setting! It is illuminating!

Great graphic from OnlineEducation.net breaks down the realities of goal setting. Setting Goals Infographic

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