Okay, so how many times have you made a plan, put things in your schedule and then completely neglected to stick it? I personally can make beautiful calendars, schedules and map everything out in detail, to then never pick it up again. I now have to practice a less is more tactic to help me continue with my plans. I don't map out every detail, only an over view of the goal for the month and week. Then at the beginning of each week I map a little more detail into the week of how each goal or deadline will be met.
But, this may not be your problem. You may start with a simple plan that you just somehow don't stick with. So, here are 6 ways to help you complete your goals.
1. Time to start fresh and let go of the past to move forward with your goals
Okay, you haven't stuck with your plan for the last 72 times you have tried it. I get it. Believe me, I do. But, guess what, that’s okay. Success it built out of trying again and again. So, you mess it up on day one, one week or complete neglect the goal for a month. That's fine, you still have days 2 through 365 to try again, and again.
A shift in mindset is necessary to accomplish goals. Consistency and following through is important. But, what can eat away our energy to continue to pursue our goals is the negativity, beating up, about how we didn’t follow through, haven’t been consistent, didn’t go 100% when we should have.
Beating ourselves up doesn’t help us take on the challenge again. Every opportunity is a new one to try again, to stick with it, and show up.
2. Dig deep on your why.
If you aren't passionate about it, then it is hard to stick to a plan you don't even like. So, if you think you have a decent why for your goals, or plans, check it again. Take some time to really dig deep for a reason that will push you to follow through and show-up when things get hard.
Sometimes your why is so you don't have to go back to something worse. Sometimes it is money, family, or personal achievement. On a daily basis write, affirm and visualize your why. Trigger emotions that will help you stick to your plan through out each day and week.
3. Are you only focusing on a yearly goal and need to make short term goals.
People usually have a hard time visualizing and completing goals that last longer than three months. So, that means if you have a yearly goal that you are working hard for you, you need to break that down into two or three month goals for the year.
Make goals more manageable by having weekly and monthly goals. That way you can feel the gratification of accomplishing those small goals. Have those quarterly, monthly and weekly goals present in your schedule. Don't just say I know I have to do 1/4 of my goal, quota, or amount to meet my yearly goal.
Break down all the steps for each goal. Make sure that you feel accomplished and gratification and achieving part of the larger goal. One year is a long time to wait to feel like you have achieved something. Break that goal up into smaller goals.
4. Do the "One Thing"
I challenge you to accomplish just one act that gets your closer to your goal. Not 15 tasks, just one act that WILL get you closer to your goal. Yes, there are things that must be done everyday, but not all those tasks actually get you a step closer to your goal. So choose one thing each day.
This should be an action oriented step. Usually it is something that is hard to do, but will get you closer to your goal rather than learning more, waiting till you feel ready, or doing the easy tasks.
5. Habits take time.
Habits are not created over night. They take conscious effort and choice. So, start tracking the habits that you are hoping to create. I suggest starting with one habit that you focus on. You track that one habit for a month. Take notes on it. Ask questions like:
Why I did the habit one day and not the other?
What made it easier to do the habit?
What triggered me to do the habit?
What do I need to make the habit easier?
When is the best time to complete this habit? Do I need to put it in my schedule?
Do I need to set an alarm for this habit?
Continually ask yourself these questions to you improve yourself and your surroundings for better results with your new habit.
Know that implimenting multiple new habits at one time is challenging. I suggest focusing and tracking one at a time. While you are doing that habit, add in the others when you think of them and have time. But, your focus is getting the hang of just one at first.
Remember to let go of the failures that happened before and try again today. Keep going with it and you will succeed.
6. Have hard deadlines.
Hard deadlines means real consequences and real rewards. Humans are motivated by tangible, actual benefits and consequences. So, if you can set up actual deadline for your goals, then do.
This could be a race to challenge your fitness. Or a negative consequence for not completing a goal on time. Be creative, but enforce the deadline so that you will stick with it and not continuously push it back.
Goals are great things to help us grow, an advance our skills. I love setting goals! I am excited for the new year and plan my goals starting in November to get a head start. Hopefully these tips will help you stick with your goals and complete them.
Good luck you goal getter.