7 Tips On How To Set (And Stick With) Goals From Gabby Douglas

If you’re heading back to school this year, chances are good that you have a few goals (or, maybe, a lot of goals) floating in and out of your head. Like, maybe you want to finally join the soccer team, or audition for a school play, or get all A’s in every single quarter. But, when it comes to actually setting those goals, you might be at a little bit of a loss. After all, thinking about what you want to do is pretty easy, but figuring out how to actually do it is, in most cases, much harder.

You know who knows how to set a goal and follow through with it? Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas.

Marion Curtis, StarPix

Clearly, Gabby knows what’s up when it comes to working hard and achieving goals (you don’t become an Olympic champion and the owner of one of the best Instagram accounts of all time by coasting, after all). So she has been working with Post-it Brand and spoke with kids at Publicolor, a youth program that helps high-risk students become more engaged in their education through design-based projects to help other people learn how achieve their dreams.

Last week, Gabby gave a presentation at the Publicolor headquarters in NYC on how to create vision boards as a means of accomplishing goals. And, as a bonus, I also got the chance to sit down with Gabby and talk about her goal-making process IRL. Check out what she has to say here!

What made you want to get involved with Publicolor and Post-it Brand?

For me, it was coming out and speaking to these kids. Talking to the kids at Publicolor has been so exciting and so invigorating because I get to inspire these kids, give them tips for back to school season, and make them all stick. And I love giving them tips, sharing my message with them, [and] saying that I started where [they] started. I didn’t become an Olympic champion overnight, but I had goals, I had a vision board, and I had struggles as well.

Marion Curtis, StarPix

IS there thing you do to set goals to make sure you get it done?

Write it down! A lot of people don’t know this, but it’s so key to just write it down. Add your own flavor, add your own style, and when you see that, you created something that you can be passionate and work towards.

If there’s something you need to get done but really don’t want to, what’s the best method of doing so?

The times when you don’t want to do something is the time when you should do it the most. That’s my advice.

Do you have any methods?

Just do it. It’s like getting into cold water. If you stop worrying about it, it’s so much less hard. I used to procrastinate getting into ice baths, but when you do it and it becomes consistent, it’s just like second nature. And it gets to the point where it’s just like, whatever.

me and my close personal friend @gabbycvdouglas

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If someone is anxious about going back to school, what advice would you give them?

To not be anxious. Just slow down and relax.

Do you have any back to school essentials?
Of course I do! I love Post-it Notes, Post-it Tabs, mascara, and lip gloss.

What do you use as motivation when you’re setting your goals?
I’m kind of easily motivated. All I need is a speech and then I’m like, “let’s go, I’m ready.” I would also say to create a vision board and visualize the big picture. I know it might seem like a long journey and a long process, but that can also be a fun process. You will have your ups and you will have your downs, but you will have fun.


What do you think of this advice? Are you going to try to make a vision board? Let us know in the comments!

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