In our previous blog we explored the benefits of goal-setting. Once you have decided what your goals are, it’s time to start working towards them. With the right approach, this can be easier than you think. Here are 6 tips to help you reach your goals:
Make your goals SMART
Smart goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed. Keep your goals specific and measurable to track your progress (and so you know when you’ve achieved them). Make goals achievable and realistic so you have a good chance of succeeding. Finally, make sure you set a time-frame for the completion of your goals (including milestones along the way) to keep you on track.
- Example of a poor goal: Improve fitness.
- Example of a SMART goal: Run 5km in under 20 minutes without stopping by the end of summer.
Keep your goals in sight
Literally. Write down your goals and put them somewhere you will often see them – in your bedroom or kitchen, on the bathroom mirror, or as the screensaver on electronic devices. Regular reminders will help you to keep your goals in focus.
Tell your family and friends
The people in your life can help to hold you accountable, as well as offer ways to support you to achieve your goals. You may find that by telling others, you feel more compelled to achieve the goals so that you can share your success with them at the end.
Remember your reason for setting the goal
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to keep going, think back to whatever it was that made you set the goal in the first place. What are all the positive consequences of fulfilling the goal? What will you achieve at the end? Write these things down and use as a reminder when you need a motivation boost. You could even come up with an additional incentive or reward to keep you on track.
Review your goals and progress regularly
Monitoring your progress is the only way you’ll be able to tell if you’re on track. When you stop to recognise how far you’ve come, you’ll be more motivated to keep going. If you’re falling behind, you’ll be able to push yourself to catch up before your goals slide out of reach. You may also wish to tweak your goals based on changing circumstances and abilities.
Be kind to yourself
We all have bad days. Setbacks and challenges are inevitable. The trick isn’t to avoid them, but to accept them and keep going. If you find yourself struggling, talk it through with a trusted friend or family member and see if you can find another way forward. Sometimes you may need to revise your goal to make it more realistic and achievable.
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