The New Year’s celebrations have come and gone and now is the time that everyone starts making resolutions for 2017.
Did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions? What happens to the goals everyone makes a month from now? Or even a couple of weeks from now? Nearly everyone has a hard time keeping their goals. Some of the five most common reasons are:
- The fear of failure
- Lack of commitment to the goal
- Failing to plan
- Having too many goals
Have you ever stopped working toward a goal because of these reasons or any others? So what do you do? How do you set goals and keep them? Here are three of the best tips to help you actually achieve the goals you have set this year.
Letting others in on your goals is one of the best ways to reach them because you are making yourself accountable to them. You will be shocked by the amount of support you’ll get from your network of friends and family. These people will also encourage you to stay up to date and share your progress with them. While it may be uncomfortable at first to tell people about your setbacks, they can help encourage you and share advice from their own setbacks as well. It will help keep your mind on track to reaching your goals. And when you achieve milestones along the way, it’s much more exciting when you have people to celebrate with. It might even inspire others to continue working on their goals as well.
Break It Up
Many people abandon their goals because they set ones that are just too big and it becomes overwhelming. If this is you, STOP! Change your plan. Break up your goal into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Set milestones, or little goals, that will lead you toward achieving your overall goal. Breaking your big goal into a few smaller ones will make reaching the finish line seem more feasible and achievable.
Set a Date
Another great way to achieve your goals is to put them on your calendar. If you set a specific date for yourself, you are much more likely to reach your goal. Setting a date gives you something to work toward. Without a set date, it’s easy to put off or procrastinate taking the steps necessary to achieve your goal. If you want to run a marathon, sign up for the actual race! If you want to lose five pounds, set a data for when! When you are setting a date, remember to be realistic. You can’t decide to run a marathon today, and do it tomorrow. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to achieve your goal and then stick to it.