So you have a goal in mind and you’re excited about it. You’re excited but a little nervous about it. Totally normal. A little anxiety is good and keeps you motivated, right? You’re ready to set some goals and then, the doubt sets in. Our ATlanta anxiety therapists work with this a lot.

Are my dreams too big?

What if I fail?

Anxiety has a way of stopping us dead in our tracks. Doubting, minimizing, negativity, even fear can keep you from taking the next step, even when you know it’s a positive one. So, when your anxiety starts whispering those negative thoughts, what can you do? Try these tips to get those goals set and put anxiety in its place:

Make friends with your anxiety. Accept that its present. Remember, a little anxiety is ok, even beneficial. But, expect that your anxiety might try to take over, especially if you’re taking on something new or out of your comfort zone. Give it a nod and continue on.

Be SMART. A sure-fire way to overwhelm yourself is to set too may goals or ones that are so lofty that your goals need goals. A great technique is to set SMART goals. First, define your goal and be very specific what you want to achieve. Then, set goals that are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Specific. Using this strategy can help you to stay on track and take the stress out of setting goals.

Have a support system. Enlist the support of those who love and support you. Let them know what you’re trying to achieve. There will be times when you’ll doubt your ability to achieve your goals. Your motivation will wane. Knowing that you will not be going it alone can help you keep your anxiety in check.

Know your why. Your why is your reason for setting your goals. The clearer your vision is, the more likely you are to be secure in the steps you’re about to take. When you really own something, it takes on meaning and importance that can be reassuring that you’re on the right path.

DO something. It’s been said that what lies between a dreams and success is action. Just one small step taken in a moment moves you one step closer to your goals.

Keep it positive. Anxiety can lead us down a path of negativity and convince you that you can’t do something. When that anxiety starts, stop and reframe those thoughts into something positive. Your brain believes what you tell it. Make sure it’s hearing positive things.

Prove your anxiety wrong. Anxiety doesn’t have to derail your goals. You are capable and you can achieve what you set your mind to. All it takes is a little planning and a little intention.

Our Atlanta anxiety therapists are ready to help, if you need extra support in reaching your goals.