It was only a few months ago we popped some champagne and had big ideas for the new year. We promised to be better somehow or more stress free. How are those resolutions working out? If you have abandoned those goals, you are not alone. In fact, there is even a day to commemorate “ditching” your new year’s resolutions. There is a reason we set goals but there is also a reason we fail every year in keeping them. Do you have someone on your team? Are you stuck in a rut and need something to interrupt your routine? Here are some tips to help in accomplishing your goals.
Visualize your objective. Seeing your goal is more powerful than a goal you write down on a checklist. This is especially effective if you are a visual learner. You can take it easy and utilize sites like Pinterest or Instagram. Or if you want to put more effort into your motivation, make a “vision board”. Vision boards are poster board or a bulletin board covered in pictures that inspire your goals or motivate you toward them. This could be recipes and fancy cookware if you are wanting to cook more or maybe destinations and travel tips if you are wanting to travel.
Gain accountability. Few people achieve any level of success alone. Tell people about your goals and make sure there is at least one person that can keep you accountable. It can be freeing to post a video on social media, but if there is no one there to encourage you and keep you on your toes, it will be difficult to stay with your plan. If you can, surround yourself with people that support you and can cheer you on. If your goal is something new to learn, invite a friend to the class or over to your house to join you in the experience.
Break big goals into smaller ones. Many people give up on goals because they are too big too fast. It is always great to challenge yourself, but not to set yourself up for failure. Select a big goal and then create milestones to get there. If you want to run a marathon, run some 5Ks and then a half-marathon before the big race. This will encourage you along the way with lots of little wins and will pay off in the end.
Lastly, set a date. Don’t let your goal just linger in the wind. Plant it down and have something to look toward. Does that summer bathing suit seem impossible? Create a plan so that when June 1 arrives, you are ready for it!