Have you ever set your goals at the beginning of the year only to forget about them shortly after? Don’t feel like you’re the only one. This is very common. We’ve all done this.
So how do you stay focused on your goals? Here are a few tips that will help you to never forget your goals again.
TIP #1 Write your goal down
The simple act of writing down your goals is so important to goal achievement. Studies show that just taking this one step of writing down your goal increases the likelihood of achieving it by 42 percent.
Write down your goals and place them somewhere that you’ll see them often. A few good places might be your fridge, mirror, or next to your bed. This will keep you focused and serve as a reminder every time you see them.
Being able to see your goals often will help you visualize your desired results. Imagine how you will feel when you’ve achieved your goal. Notice the progress you’re making.
This visual reminder will also help keep you from procrastinating. Make it a habit of completing 1 task towards your goals every time you see your list. You’ll be amazed how much you get done.
TIP #2 Create a plan to achieve your goal
A goal without a plan is an unachievable goal. I really believe this. I have never been able to achieve a goal without some type of action plan.
It doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact you should make it as simple as you possibly can. The easier the plan of action you have, the easier your goal will be to accomplish.
It can be as simple as writing a to-do list below each of your goals. List out anything you can think of that you need to do to reach your goal. Then you can just mark them off as you complete them.
Before you know it you will have achieved your goal!
TIP #3 Track and evaluate the progress of your goal
This tip is the one that really made a difference for me. I found I stayed more motivated when I could see the progress I was making. The more I saw progress, the more I wanted to do.
You can track your progress many different ways. There’s no wrong way. Pick something you enjoy. It could be anything from an intricate tracker with all the bells and whistles, to the simple to-do list I described above.
Take the time once a week to give yourself a goal evaluation. This is important for a few reasons:
- It helps keep you on track
- You’ll be able to decide what’s working and what’s not
- You’ll be able to make modifications or changes quickly if needed
Most importantly you will be able to determine if your goal is still important to you. Sometimes you’ll find the goal you have set is not as important to you as you thought. That’s okay! Change your goal!
TIP #4 Find accountability and support to keep your goal on track
An accountability partner is helpful to keep you on track. You will be able to keep each other motivated and support each other through the rough times.
An accountability partner can be anyone. It’s helpful if they are as committed to achieving their goals as you are. Make sure to discuss all expectations you have beforehand.
It’s also important to let your family or loved ones know what they can do to offer their help and support. Let them know how important this process is to you.
If given the opportunity, offer to support someone else. You may motivate them to set and achieve some goals of their own.
TIP #5 Determine your motivation to stick with your goal
The easiest goals to achieve are the ones that mean the most to you. Goals that have no real meaning for you, will also hold no value. These are much tougher to accomplish.
Getting healthier is something we all know we should do. We all know the benefits. But what is your real motivation to get healthy? Think about it. Write it down.
Maybe you are at the point where you are just sick of being sick. Tired of feeling like crap. Maybe a little scared you’re on the verge of having serious health issues.
These are things that really motivate us to get healthy. Figuring out your why will help you stay on target. Write down how you really feel.
This is great to have so you can go back and reread your WHY when you start feeling better and are tempted to backslide. It will help you realize that you need to continue on this health journey so you don’t ever have to feel that way again.
- Write it down
- Make a plan
- Track and evaluate
- Accountability and support
- Figure out your why.
I hope you got a lot of value out of these 5 tips today. If you incorporate them into your goal setting process you will have a tough time forgetting about your goals.
Remember to make your goal setting process as simple and easy as possible. Take one step at a time. Before you know it you will be achieving more goals than you ever thought possible.
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