Don’t beat yourself up if you set goals and fail to accomplish them. Did you know that 92% of people who set New Year’s goals don’t achieve their goals? Most people set out to reach goals with the best intentions, and then they burn out. I totally get it. I am writing you right from my own burnout experience. What can you do to increase your chances of achieving your goals? Let me share what I am doing and what I do to help my clients reach their goals. What is my secret sauce? Reframe, Recommit, Run!
Goals are great, but they can also be a burden. If a goal is too overwhelming, you will likely drop it faster than you can consider accomplishing it. Have you ever asked yourself S.M.A.R.T. questions about your goal? Consider one thing you set out to do and you just fizzled out. Let’s take that goal and make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Ask yourself, “Is my goal:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
- Achievable (agreed, attainable).
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
- Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive)?”
Set yourself up for success by reframing your current goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals. Setting short-term achievable and measurable goals can give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated to stay on course. When I work with my clients to help them make lifestyle changes, we start with a simple goal like adding one serving of vegetables per day, seven days a week for digestive and immune support. Simple, Meaningful, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Consider taking a moment right now to write your S.M.A.R.T. goal on a piece of paper with seven boxes next to it and check a box every day you reach that goal. Now you can measure your progress. You got this!
S.M.A.R.T. goals help increase your success rate. But what happens when life happens? Have you noticed as soon as you set out on a mission to exercise five days a week, that is the time you have to take an unexpected trip? I will laugh right along with you because that has happened WAY too many times in my world. I set out to reach a goal, and life happens. Sometimes the bustle in life slowly chips away at our personal and professional life, and we don’t have time for goals anymore. Don’t give in to the lies of defeat. The key here is to RECOMMIT to your goals and get back on course.
When you RECOMMIT, consider adjusting your goals to fit your lifestyle, so it naturally flows with your routine. Consider challenging yourself enough to push you outside your comfort zone, but not too much where it inflicts stress. Also, when you RECOMMIT, consider recruiting an accountability partner. You can increase your chances for success by 65%! When I decided to do a 21-day workout challenge after a couple of unexpected travel weeks, I recruited my husband to hold me accountable. I didn’t have time to fall through the cracks with my wellness program, so right off the bat, I needed to RECOMMIT.
Now you have your S.M.A.R.T. goals, and you set yourself up for success with a RECOMMIT plan when life happens. Now what? RUN! Yes, RUN! Don’t run away, but RUN towards your goal with everything you got. Keep your eye on the target, and don’t look back. When life happens, RECOMMIT. If your goals are too overwhelming, REFRAME. Feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, RUN towards your goal. Reframe, recommit and run and achieve your goals.
When I decided to go back to school to finish my doctorate while raising six kids, running a business, and homeschooling, I had to be realistic with my goals. I set S.M.A.R.T. goals broken down by week over the course of nine months. When life happened, and I couldn’t accomplish my weekly goals for some time, I had to REFRAME, RECOMMIT, and RUN towards my goal. Amazingly, by the grace of God, I finished my doctorate in record time and went on to publish my first book within a year of completing my doctorate. Believe me, when you set your mind on something, RUN towards it with all your heart and enjoy the journey.
SPOTLIGHT ESSENTIAL OIL
Can essential oils help you reframe, recommit and run to reach your goals?
As an aromatherapist, I help my clients couple essential oils, positive lifestyle changes, and Scripture to help them achieve their goals. I love to help people get results and make joy a part of their lifestyle. I like to keep things simple and specific to the goal.
One essential oil blend that I consider an effective option for RECOMMITTING to your goals is a blend called Motivation from Young Living. Motivation is a blend of essential oils, including Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile), Northern Lights Black Spruce (Picea mariana), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), and Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia).
When diffused, Motivation can support feelings of action and accomplishment and help overcome fear and procrastination. Motivation is the perfect “get off the couch and go for it” kind of essential oil. Motivation takes residence on my kitchen counter, so anytime I am needed a mental motivation boost, I grab the bottle, open it up, take a few deep inhales, and RUN! I use this for my clients that need a little boost with reframing and recommitting to their goals. I also love using it for my children when they don’t feel like doing school or chores.
Reframe, Recommit, Run—three simple steps to help you get back on track with your personal and professional goals in life. You have the tools you need to succeed in anything you set your mind to accomplish. Take a moment right now to let go of the guilt of falling short of achieving your goal and REFRAME your goal. RECOMMIT to accomplishing your goal and RUN. Before you know it, you’ll be moving on to your next goal, ready to crush it!
Consider coupling your goals with essential oils and lifestyle changes that will set you up for success. Connect with me here for individual sessions, classes, workshops, and essential oils to help you live out your joyful purpose and get results. I help you give God and others the best version of YOU. I look forward to meeting you. Be encouraged, be blessed. be joyful.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Dr. Letticia Callies (a.k.a. Dr. Joy) is on a mission to spread joy around the world. She helps people who are stuck or overwhelmed by helping them get the results they need to live out their joyful purpose. She uses a combination of evidence-based strategies to help you bounce back when you fall, empower and encourage you in your faith, improve your overall wellness, and help you discover more time to do what you love. Her joyful demeanor and compassionate communication help motivate her clients to make positive changes that simply become second nature.
Dr. Callies is the wife of her best friend for over 20 years; she is a mom to four boys and two girls. She is the founder of JOYFull Inspirations, LLC, an author, homeschool educator, worship dancer, and joy-lettering journalist. She enjoys spending time with her family, sampling tea, leading joy-handlettering Bible studies, and creating healthy recipes in the kitchen.