It doesn’t need to be the cusp of a new year to start thinking about setting new goals for ourselves. Most of the new years’ resolution are rarely fulfilled anyway, due to the lack of a solid motivation or the surfacing of obstacles that overthrow our plans. If this has happened to you too, don’t get discouraged from challenging yourself to set new goals to achieve!
Keep reading to find out some tips that successful people swear by in order to reach their goals.
1. Set specific goals.
The first mistake that we often do when setting our goals is making them too vague, and not specific enough for us to be able to see them as feasible. Most people want to lose weight, start exercising, eat more healthy, travel more. On paper, these are all objectives that could be reached with some dedication, but because of their vagueness they are often put aside because seen as too challenging or hard in the long run. A study found that 9 times out of 10, specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than easy goals, the “do your best” goals.
2. Be committed.
How serious are you about reaching this accomplishment? Before deciding on setting your goal, take some time to analyze your mindset and your feelings towards it, whether you’re excited about it, worried, scared. Take into account all the sacrifices that you’re going to make, for example giving up on certain types of food if you’re starting a diet. Are you certain that you’ll be able to commit to it? If not, you can always break the goal into smaller parts, each of which set with its own deadline. Instead of giving up on sugar for the next 3 months, start smaller: set a simpler goal for each week, so that every seven days you’ll see the progress, which will help you keeping yourself motivated.
3. Don’t put yourself down.
There will be days when you’ll feel less motivated, you’ll be tempted to fall back into old habits, procrastinate. It’s completely normal, after all, we’re all human. You can allow yourself a cheat day every once in a while, as long as it won’t affect dramatically your progress thus far. A good way to stay motivated is to keep track of the progress and look for frequent feedback to help you adjust the way you are working on achieving your goal. Compare your experience with other people that are committed to a similar goal, with whom to discuss the challenges and difficulties of it and possibly benefit from each other’s advice. And, why not? Maybe even discover new solutions.
4. Avoid multitasking.
Although you might feel extremely motivated in the beginning of your journey, take into account that there will be days when your motivation will be less strong. If you have multiple goals to achieve on your mind, try to go one step at a time and reduce the list to the most important ones, the essentials. If you’re trying to juggle between too many things, your focus will inevitably be split into trying to fulfill each of these tasks at the same time, which will inevitably result in a decrease in the quality of each output. Moreover, multitasking will probably lead you to spend way more time in the process of achieving your goals, which could contribute in seeing the end goal even further.
In order to decide which goals are the closest to your heart, try and clear your mind by putting this soothing instrumental music in the background:
What’s the biggest goal that you’re looking to achieve the most? Let us know in the comments!