4 Basic Yet Important Ways to Stick to Your Goals
Whether you’re working on a personal or professional project, setting goals is an important aspect towards its success. Without goals, you will be going without direction, and it can take more time and resources before you can get things right. You could even fail. However, goals help a lot in paving the path towards the desired path. The problem is, some of use go astray from our goals at one point or another, and then we go back to our old habits.
So how does one commit to her goals? Here are the ways.
1. Set a Realistic Goal
It is essential that you do a reality check before you set a goal; otherwise, you’re doomed to slip back at some point. Are you trying to save money? Check out how much you earn, how much you can save from each paycheck and how much time you need to save. That way, you can come up with a realistic timeframe and amount that’s in sync with your budget. You may apply the same principle to almost any goal. You need to set up realistic expectations so that a goal doesn’t feel too huge that you fear about ever reaching it.
2. Set Milestones
When you have a huge (but realistic) goal, sometimes the mere thought of its massiveness can make you want to throw in the towel. Don’t. Instead of focusing on that very huge mountain ahead of you, set milestones towards that goal. For instance, if the goal is to save $XX, XXX amount of money for a home down payment, divide the amount into four and assign a milestone for each portion. Milestones help you realize that while you have big goal, the small victories you achieve are also just as worth celebrating.
3. Visualize the Goal
A goal in your mind is good, but if you can see the goal in print on a daily basis, it sorts of refreshes the goal everyday too. Now, to help you renew your commitment to the goal every day, you can set up a vision board that you can see before you sleep and after you awake. Maybe the vision board would contain images and graphics of how you want to see your life five years from now. It’s also good to set up daily reminders and mantras that you can see while you’re brushing your teeth or drying your hair. These daily affirmations bring back the reason why you have such goals in the first place.
4. Surround Yourself with the Right People
External factors are just as important as internal ones, so it is best that you surround yourself who have the same goals as yours. Are you trying to eat healthy? Join a group who can recommend recipes for healthy eating. Want to reach your deadline? Why not talk to a trusted friend about it and get her as your accountability buddy. You want people to build you up, so network with those who can have a positive impact to your goals and stay away from people who don’t.
Goals are there to give you motivation in life. They’re the “why” of whatever you’re doing. If you think you’re falling short of your goals because of life’s distractions, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, pull yourself together, re-focus on your goals and renew your commitment to them. Life will never be devoid of challenges, but it’s up to you if you let yourself slide away from your goals. Resist, and it will be worth it.