Making a decision about what goals you wanted to set in 2017 was the easy part, now it’s time to make sure you keep them. Setting goals is the first step towards success and it’s important if you’re serious about keeping them. The key is to be strategic, this will ensure your mindset is constantly focused throughout the week/month/year. Discover how to achieve your goals with these 6 simple tricks…
1. Write Down Your Goals
Putting pen to paper is an effective way to keep yourself honest and motivated about what you want to achieve. Keep it in a journal or a visible list on your bedroom wall. This will act as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Write down next to it ‘why’ and ‘how’ you think you can/will achieve this goal. Then you’ll feel amazing when you get to cross it off.
2. Tell Somebody
Recent studies show that telling someone else about your goal increases your chances of achieving it. Why? Because when other people know, you’re more likely to feel guilty if you don’t stick to it. Like they say, sharing is caring!
3. Actionable Steps
It’s time to break it down. Don’t just say you want to run a marathon by the end of three months, what does that mean month by month? Week by week? E.g., after one month “I want to be able to run 10km comfortably”, after two months “I want to be able to run 20km comfortably” and so on. Breaking your goal down will make it seem less daunting and more achievable. Small steps are good steps.
4. Track Your Goals
Like anything in life, it’s important to track your progress. Create a timeline, use a calendar, keep a diary and write down what you did that day that contributed to your progress of achieving your set goals. Or even download an app like MissionFox where you can look at your goals and track them on the go.
5. Discipline Yourself
No cheating! Be disciplined with your achievements. If you committed to running each day have some stick and just do it. Remind yourself, it’s what you wanted to achieve to better yourself.
6. Personal Review
Make time to sit down and assess your progression. Think about what is and isn’t working for you and then adjust it. If you’re having trouble keeping motivated, address what you can do to re-motivate yourself. Maybe, it’s playing some music when you’re going for a run or treating yourself to a new item of clothing when you meet your monthly target. Assess how to make it easier for you to stick to your plan, don’t be afraid to make worthwhile adjustments. Write down your successes and setbacks; visualisation will help you stick to your targets.
What’s next? Make 2017 your best year yet with MissionFox. Download the app now and start dreaming, planning and achieving. If your goals are accessible and visible at all times then you can’t fail. Goodluck!