Do you remember your 2020 New Year’s resolutions? You probably forgot and left behind those goals you had only a few months ago. Here are some tips on how to achieve success.
We are quick to set ambitious goals, but we often fail to follow through. Psychologist Emily Balcetis explains in her book Clearer, Closer, Better how perception can help us finish what we started. How you perceive your goals and how realistic your goals seem is the key. Let’s start with how to set up a goal.
How to Set Up a Goal?
This seems like a question with an obvious answer but it’s not as easy as you might think. The first thing we should remember is that we often set goals that are truly hard to achieve, sometimes even impossible. Imagine you have a goal to run a marathon this year, but you never run on a regular basis or at all. You have to start with a smaller goal to be able to reach a big goal. When we have impossible goals, we miss out on the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal and we give up more easily. On the other side, if the goals are too easy, we are not motivated to accomplish them. The main thing is that the goals are moderately difficult but inspiring and challenging at the same time, however, goals should not be impossible either.
How to Stay Motivated?
Often, we give up. We change our goal, start over again, and then give up again. Self-discipline is everything. Our brain can distort the truth and it is believable to us that we should start all over again. However, this is not helpful in the long run especially if we have a negative basis and if we talk negatively to ourselves. Track your progress, write down what you completed so far and what waits ahead.
Have a Clear Picture of How to Achieve a Goal?
How are you going to achieve your goal? How much time during the day and week you will spend on achieving the goal? What time of the day will you work on the goal? You have to know all the answers in order to get where you want to be. Set a smaller goal to achieve a big goal. Maybe you want to start a business. Firstly, your goal is to find a product or service that you want to sell. Secondly, your goal might be setting up a business brand. What is the name of your brand? What is going to be the logo for your brand? Those are all small goals needed for you to achieve a big goal of having your business and earning a certain amount of money. Even with money, go with small steps. I want to earn $5,000 in the first three months. It might not be a life changer but it’s achievable. I want to earn $20,000 per month after two years, might be your final goal.
Goals are not accomplished through one single move and moment. One single action will not make or break the goal.
It’s important to remember that there is no one strategy that works for everyone. In addition, it’s important to add tools to your success toolbox so that you are able and flexible to reach goals. The tools will provide you with options to overcome any challenges that you might face.
In conclusion, you should set up realistic goals and small goals that will bring you satisfaction to achieve a big goal that you desire to achieve. Whatever you do, don’t give up.