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We all have goals for 2021, whether it has to do with health, wealth, relationships or happiness, but the thing with New Year’s Resolutions are that you make them … and then you break them. Hey, C’est la vie, right?
Why is it that we all start the year with renewed drive and motivation, only to find ourselves drifting aimlessly … round about this time of the year? Life happens and we become side-tracked. Research shows that few people make good on their New Year’s Resolutions. In fact US News and World Report stated that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week of February. Are you still working hard at it or have you become a little off course, already part of the 80%?
In Brian Tracy’s book, Flight Plan, he uses the analogy of a flight to explain the process of setting and sticking to goals for personal success. You can be sure that most flights will be off-course, but they all reach their destination. Along the way the pilot has to deal with storms, turbulence or crosswinds, which force him to make adjustments throughout the journey.
For most of us, knowing the destination is not the problem. What holds us back is making the right adjustments and sticking to it.
Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated and keep moving forward to achieve your goals:
- Remember your “why”. Do you want to run your first marathon or write your first novel? Awesome. Get specific. Getting really clear on why you want to make a change is super important. Take a moment to write down the reasons behind it, then make it stick by reading it out loud every day. Create a desktop background on your laptop with the desired outcomes, having powerful, authentic motivation will give you the strength to stick to it.
- Make it smaller. Goals should be attainable and realistic. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have big picture fantastic dream goals. You should!
- Set a date. Put your gaols on a timeline. Determine what you want to achieve within one year and figure out your game plan. Start with the end in mind and break down the steps it takes to reach that goal.
- Just do it. Rather than considering your goal as something “extra” you have to add it to your day, consider it an integral part of your lifestyle and completely non-optional.
- Get inspired by others. Whether it’s following Instagrammers who remind you of your goal or getting a good old fashioned pep talk from a friend, being surrounded by positive influences will keep you energised.
- Keep track of your progress. Set milestones to track your progress as you move forward to achieve your goal. Make the necessary tweaks to stay on track.
- Recognize and celebrate each one of your small successes. Reward yourself with whatever makes you happy, whether it is a massage or a bowl of ice cream. Do it, you deserve it!
You are braver than you think, more talented than you know and capable of more than you could ever imagine – Roy T. Bennett
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