January is the best time of the year to determine what you plan to accomplish. It is the time of refresh, renew, and change. Some say you have to have all of your goals ready by January 1st, but that simply isn’t true. Instead, this month you should focus on the goals and plan your path to achieve them. That is why we are providing you with eight simple ways to stick to your goals this year.
Choose realistic goals
There is nothing wrong with seeing the big picture, but sometimes you have to scale it back to get to that dream. When picking your goals, remember to pick ones you can actually achieve in a year or whatever time frame you have set in mind. If you don’t set goals that are achievable, you will quickly give up and never achieve them. How do you create realistic goals? By taking that big dream and breaking it up into actionable steps. Your first goal will be the first step.
Write down your goals
There is something to be said for writing down things on paper. Not only does it help you remember the things you have learned, but it also can be used as a daily reminder of what you are trying to accomplish. Don’t type out your goals, instead get out the trusty notebook and pen and handwrite each of your goals. Post the paper somewhere you will see it regularly, that way you never forget what you are working to achieve.
“Step one, write your goals down. Step two, look at them every single day,” said Valerie Riley, Founder of LifeSquire.
Block out time
Put your goals at the forefront of your mind by scheduling time to work on them. You will be surprised what 15 minutes a day can do for your success rate. Of course, some goals may require more time, so make sure you schedule the amount necessary to achieve greatness.
Repeat until it is a habit
Once you have time set aside, the next step is to stick to it. Even when you don’t feel like working on your goals, just remind yourself it is a short amount of time and commit to it. Once you do this over and over again, it becomes a habit and apart of your routine. This is where the miracle happens, and you start to see results from these actions.
Use your social support system
Don’t be afraid to get others involved with your goals. If you need help, ask for it. If you want some motivation, your friends and family can be your biggest encouragement. Telling people what you are trying to achieve, will garner you the support you need even when you feel like you are failing at it. Try to be open with those around you. If you want an outsiders perspective, because honestly sometimes your loved ones are too nice, consider looking for Facebook groups that will provide a support system for that particular goal topic.
“I am a big dreamer, so I always have to ask for help in execution and accountability of my goals, or I get in the vision,” says Riley.
And while your family and friends will always support you, don’t forget your personal assistant is there to help you as well. Your personal assistant will help you with whatever you need to succeed. If you aren’t sure how they can help, take a peek at the “How LifeSquire can Help You with your New Year Resolutions” post.
Download an app
Technology has taken over our world so much that there is more than likely an app that will help you with your specific goals. From weight loss to writing there is an app for that. So if you find yourself struggling, consider looking in your app store to see if there is something there that can help.
Remain focused on the why
Even with a fail-safe plan, there will be days you feel like you just can’t do it, that you should give up, or that you will never be successful. But the way to get that out of your head is to think about why you have picked that goal, why you are working to achieve it, and what the outcome will be. Your goals were important to you the day you set them, and even when you are discouraged, they are still important. Don’t forget that.
As you reach milestones, don’t forget to reward yourself with something. When you are at work, and you accomplish big goals, you are often rewarded, so why not do that in your personal life as well? Celebrate your wins, because you deserve it.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist