Many people make New Year’s resolutions but very few stick to them to the very end. The most popular resolutions include giving up smoking, losing some weight, spending more time with the loved ones, or simply being happier. Regardless of their nature – personal or professional, the goals can be achieved through some universal tips. So, experts recommend:
1. Set a Specific Goal
It is not enough to set a vague goal such as I want to be a better parent or I want to be healthier. Instead you should be very specific about what you want to achieve. For instance, if you want to be healthier, what changes do you plan to make? Perhaps you would want to start cooking healthy meals instead of gorging on on pizza and burgers. Or perhaps, it is a wise idea to hit the gym at least twice a week. Be specific.
2. Take Baby Steps
Do not set an overwhelming goal such as saving millions of dollars. Instead focus on smaller steps such as saving $10 per week or sticking to a monthly budget. Once those small objectives are cleared set new ones.
3. Remind Yourself Why Your Goal is Important to You
Make a list with all the things that motivate you to reach a specific goal. Most people stick to their New Year’s resolution a few weeks because they run out of motivation. It is also very important to prepare yourself mentally for the days when you will not feel like following your goal. A real motivation-booster is a list with the reasons that motivate you. And keep that list close so you can skim through it when you’re about to go for that chocolate cookie while on a low-calorie diet.
4. Chart Your Progress
Experts recommend keeping track of what you have achieved to see whether you are staying on track. An easy way to do this is using a wall calendar where you can check off the days when you exercised or the days when you stuck to your diet plan.
5. Devise a Plan for Tough Times
There would be times when you will not be able to pursue your goal as easily such as vacation times or traveling. Make sure you come up with a plan B for those times so you don’t give up your goal altogether.
6. Fix Your Trouble Spots
Experts have some tricks to keep their clients motivated. For instance, they train people who want to exercise in the morning to put sneakers next to their bed. Or people who want to wake up earlier and accomplish things to place the alarm clock on the other side of the room and so on. Ensure you experiment with multiple strategies to fix trouble spots and keep you going. If exercising in the morning is not yielding as many results as exercising after work, do what’s best for you.
7. Celebrate Small Accomplishments along the Way
Don’t wait until you are entirely debt free to reward yourself. Experts recommend rewards for small milestones too. However, ensure you don’t sabotage yourself like rewarding yourself with eating a whole pizza when you’re dieting.
And a bonus expert tip you should keep in mind while struggling to meet your goals: Remember that pursuing a goal is not a sprint but a marathon. So, expect to make mistakes. And when that happens, seek ways to do better next time instead of thinking that a failure is proof you don’t have what it takes to attain that goal.
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