How to Stay on Track with Your Goals in 5 Easy Steps | MINDSET
It’s easy to feel motivated and inspired when we all have to start a new goal. But let’s face it. the initial enthusiasm may soon fade away – at least for most people. Because of this, it’s easy to end up abandoning our goals.
Do you experience the same? Does your eagerness to reach your goals wane eventually? To help you with this problem, here’s how you can stay on track with your goals:
Step #1: Focus on Few Key Goals
Do you have any big goals at the moment? You may be starting a business, redecorating your bedroom, writing a book, getting fit, or trying to lose weight. Maybe you’re currently juggling several different goals and it’s starting to stress you out. Why?
Any goal takes effort. The truth is, it’s beyond most of us to tackle more than two or three goals at a time. Rather than tackling everything you want to achieve, focus on just a couple of goals you find most important at the moment. Ideally, choose goals that complement one another.
For example, if you’re trying to work on starting up a small business, it’s probably not a good idea to also write a book. You may not have enough creative energy, or hours in the day, for both goals.
A good example of two goals that work well together is if you’re aiming to lose weight, you might have a secondary goal of getting healthier and fitter.
Step #2: Set Milestones
There are no shortcuts to success. You have to work for everything. However, this can seem to feel like your goal is a very long way off right now. Whatever your goals are, you might be looking at months or years of work.
Instead of solely focusing on the end goal, break it into smaller goals and use each one as a milestone. For example, celebrate each finished section of your novel, or every 5kgs that you lose.
To make it more challenging, give yourself a deadline to aim for with each milestone. At times, it’ll feel as though your progress is slow. But with each milestone, it would seem like you’re not that far off from your main goal.
And don’t forget, make each milestone ambitious, not unrealistic.
Step #3: Plan Ahead
Goals often get derailed because we fail to plan ahead. Without plans, you can get easily distracted when something comes up.
When creating a plan, always take into consideration trips, occasions, and every other major event in your life. Knowing what’s likely to cause problems for one of your goals can help you work around them.
For example, if there’s big birthday party coming up, you should be extra-careful with your diet in the days before and after the big event. It’s all too easy to give up on the diet just because of a string of social events, so it’s best to plan ahead.
Step #4: Form Good Habits
Our lives are driven by the habits we form. Often however, we form habits so bad, that we want to break them. But it’s hard to break them as they take root in our brain. What should we do?
Habits are in fact, useful. You can use them to shape your life in a healthy and positive way. So the answer is, form good ones and nip the bad ones in the bud. You do this by repeating the actions of the new habit you want to form over time. It won’t be easy, but the sooner and more often you repeat these actions, the faster good habits will form and get rid of old ones.
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Step #5: Track Your Progress
The best way to track your progress is to keep a journal. Write a list of your key achievements, record statistics (for example, weight or body fat percentage), or create a list of your daily calorie intake. Keeping a journal isn’t convenient or easy. But it provides you a way to easily see what you’ve already achieved.
Why tracking your progress matters?
Working on the same goal for a long time, could make you feel as if you’re not making much progress, or everything seems slow. If you look at your journal, you’ll see how far you’ve come and how much closer you are to your goals.
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Conclusion - Get Support and Encouragement
It’s easier to stay motivated when you have supportive, positive, people around you. Aside family, friends, colleagues, or acquaintances who encourage you towards your goal, you should also look for a group that shares your goal and who can also offer you advice, support, and encouragement.
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