Goals are important. They give you the end point that you want to reach, which helps with motivation. They help you compete against yourself to keep you on track. However, there are times that you lose the motivation to keep going. While it’s important to set goals you can stick to, it’s also important to help yourself accomplish those goals. Here are six tips to make sure you stay on track and accomplish your goals.
Think carefully about the goals that you’ve set. Are they SMART goals? That means specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely. If you’re trying to lose weight, there’s no point saying that you’ll lose 100lbs in a month.
That’s just not something you can do. But there’s also no point in saying you’ll lose 100lb without giving yourself a deadline. You’ll find it much harder to stick to.
Don’t forget to set your reasons for setting your goals. Everyone has their own reasons depending the type of goals they are.
You could set the before that you don’t want to go back to, or something that is pushing you that you want to get back to. It could be for health reasons, aesthetic reasons or because you have a financial goal in mind.
Think about how you can commit to your goals. For some, just saying that you’re doing it is not enough.
You need to get others to help you remain accountable. This could be a trusted friend or family member, or you may prefer to do an anonymous blog about it online. There are plenty of options to help you commit to your even most ambitious goals.
While you have one big goal, you need to break it down along the way. Even a realistic goal can look too ambitious if it’s a very big one.
Opting for the smaller goals along the way will give you something to strive for each month or so, which gives you something to celebrate. Feeling great about reaching smaller goals will give you the motivation to reach that bigger one.
With the mention of celebrating, make sure you do celebrate as you reach your smaller milestones.
This doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. It could be making a lavish dinner on a budget, or you could decide to watch your favourite movie with a small glass of wine. It really depends on the type of goal.
Positivity is essential. As soon as you start to think negatively, you will just end up losing the motivation to succeed. Your goal gets further and further away, and harder to obtain.
It’s normal to start thinking negatively, so you need to catch yourself when you do it. Look at the positives of everything that happens, and remind yourself that you can do this.