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How to Actually Stick to your Goals

2019 is right around the corner! A new year typically equates to new goals, but as the thrill of the new year fades so do these goals. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the weight of all you want to achieve this year. That’s why  I’m here to help you manage it so sit back, grab a coffee and let’s get down to business.

Establish the Why

The first thing, and probably the most important thing, is establishing the why. When setting your goals ask yourself why do I want to achieve this? On a sheet of paper, write out all your goals and why you want to achieve each goal. Try to get as specific as you can with this. This why is what you’ll look back to when you desperately need some motivation. If one of your goals is to start running, instead of having your why be “lose weight” try something more specific like  “have toned legs and feel better mentally.” Writing your whys out will also ensure that your goals are something you actually want to achieve.

Create a Goals Graphic

By creating a goals graphic you’ll have a visual reminder to keep you motivated throughout the whole year. I made mine in Canva, a graphic design website, and set it as my desktop wallpaper; but you can use whatever works best for you. While I was at it I also made a vision board and hung it by my desk. Feel free to make your graphics as simple or complex as you like it. The most important part is making sure you put it in a place that you’ll see it every day.

Weekly Check-In

When the hype of the new year fades it’s easy to forget about your goals. As a result, they often fall to the waste-side. By implementing a goals check-in, you’re more likely to stick to your goals as you’ll be excited to track your progress. For my check-in, I use a similar method to Muchelleb weekly reset. Every Sunday I ask myself three questions: What are my current goals? What did I do to get closer to achieving my goals this week? What will I do to get closer to achieving my goals next week? This helps me to stay motivated, acknowledge my wins and set productive methods in place to stay on track. If you can’t commit to doing this weekly, you can do this bi-weekly or even monthly.

Block Out Time to Achieve Your Goals

One of the biggest reasons people don’t achieve their goals is because they get too caught up in the daily grind of things. If I had a nickel for every time I used “I don’t have time,” as an excuse I could have bought my dream Camaro. I typically like to set aside Sundays as my get things done  day. Sunday is the day that I work on my big projects, such as working on my blog and catching up on the homework that I’ve been horribly procrastinating. Some of my goals, such a running, require daily attention so it’s important to block off time. One easy way to do this is by adding it to your morning routine. By waking up just an hour earlier you can achieve more and start the day off feeling productive.

Adapt Your Space

Your space plays a big role in keeping you motivated. Make sure you keep your space a place that’s easy to work on your goals. For instance, if you want to spend less time on your phone, make your room a “phone-free” zone. Or if you want to start working out, set out your workout clothes the night before and keep your yoga mat in an accessible place. It’s the little things that will ensure that you stay motivated.

Pick a Few Main Goals

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have too many goals. When focusing on a laundry-length list you’re likely to try to achieve everything and end up burned out by the third day. By picking just a few goals, three’s a good number, you are more likely to stay motivated and actually achieve your goals.  Then, once you finished those goals you can move on to the next three.

Pro tip: break your big goals into smaller achievable goals

i.e. lose weight would get broken down into  run twice a week and eat a healthy breakfast

Courtesy of Ben Kolde

Surround Yourself with the Right group of People

Surrounding yourself with a group of motivated people is extremely important. You may have heard that you are most like the five people you spend the most time with (meaning you can blame my weirdness on my roommates). While it’s important to surround yourself with a diverse group of people, make sure it’s a group of supportive people who will keep you motivated to achieve your goals.  People with similar goals can help keep you accountable in achieving your own goals. Another great way to stay inspired is by following people who have the same goals on social media (this explains why my Instagram feed consists of travel influencers). Just make sure that you’re using them as inspiration and not comparing yourself to them.

 

Speaking of an inspiring group of individuals, I’d love to hear what your goals are in the comments below!

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