Did you make some goals that you wish you hadn’t given up on? If you are like most people, you likely abandoned those goals within the first few weeks of setting them.
Stop beating yourself up over what you have or haven’t done! You can still accomplish those goals- even if you’re starting over.
Try these action tips to help you achieve those goals so you can jump for joy!
Step 1: Make Your Goals Known
Tell someone close to you about your goal. Of better yet, tell lots of people. Tell your Facebook friends, or set-up a blog where you track your progress, and so can the world. This helps to hold you accountable for your success or lack thereof. Plus, you’ll feel more resolve to actually complete the goal than if you were to simply keep the goal to yourself.
By making your intentions public you have given yourself some extra incentives to meet your goal:
- You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor and public bragging rights that you’ve completed your goal.
- You’ll ward off the embarrassment of having to explain why you didn’t complete the goal.
Step 2: Recruit a Friend or Goal Buddy To Work On Your Goals With
Find a friend, with a similar goal, and work toward reaching your goals together. Make an agreement to continually offer each other moral support and hold the other person accountable.
Weight loss is an especially suitable goal to enlist the help and support of a buddy. Other goals this technique would be particularly suited for include home improvement projects, financial goals, and family goals.
- Hint: Choose a friend that will hold you accountable for reaching your goals. An unmotivated friend that will simply say “It’s okay, try again next year” isn’t the right person for the job.
Step 3: Break Your Goals Down Into Manageable Pieces
Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds by your class reunion, in five months, break down the goal into fifths. In this particular example, it would break down to losing four pounds a month. That sounds like a much easier task than losing 20 pounds.
Even if after five months you’ve fallen a bit short of the goal, you’ll still very likely have lost some considerable weight. Essentially, you’ve increased your success because you’re in a better position than you were.
Any goal seems more attainable when broken down into manageable milestones. But this technique can really help if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed by the task at hand.
Step 4: Develop A Strong Plan to Achieve Your Goal
Setting a goal without creating a plan is setting yourself up for failure. When you create a plan detailing the exact actions you must take in order to achieve your goal you set yourself up for greater success.
It is essential, that you know exactly what you want to do. Saying, “I want to lose weight” isn’t going to cut it. It leaves far too much wiggle room. But saying “I want to lose 20-lbs by July 17th” is a much better plan.
Create a detailed plan that entails exactly how you’ll get to your goal. Detail the daily actions that you will use to move closer to your goal.
For increased chance of success, create an alternate, or backup plan just in case your initial plan falls short, thus helping you set yourself up for success – one way or the other! What happens if your treadmill breaks and your entire plan is based on running five miles a day on the treadmill? What if the weather keeps you from going on that daily jog? Do you have a fitness center pass so you can work out indoors?
When your goal begins to seem out of reach envision what your life will be like after you reach your resolution. That will often help you regain some motivation. You’ll be happier, your life will be better, and you’ll have a sense of pride knowing that you’ve worked hard to accomplish your goals.
If you take your goals seriously, have set reasonable goals, and follow these tips, you can achieve it! It will require a consistent effort on your behalf and some hard work, but it’ll all be worth it when you accomplish that resolution.
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