Posted: Jan 03 2017
Set SMART goals
- S - specific, significant
- M - measurable, meaningful, motivational
- A - attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
- R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
- T - time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable
Write it down
Make a list and place it in a spot where you can see it often. This will remind you of what you need to achieve.
Differentiate want from need
Stick to realistic goals that you really want. Ask yourself why this goal is important to you - your explanation should be based on what you want not what you’re supposed to want. If you're not excited about your goals, it'll be much harder to make it happen.
Take baby steps
Know that every goal cannot be achieved overnight. Start small and make mini goals for each big one. For example, if you want to lose weight, set a goal to lose 5 pounds every month and eventually you'll hit your ultimate goal of losing 20 pounds.
Share and celebrate milestones
Once you have your mini goals in place, celebrate when you reach each goal! Having a reward for each milestone will motivate you even more.
Surround yourself with support
Having people around you who believe you can make all the difference. If you have a support system who encourages you and supports you unconditionally, you'll be more likely to believe in yourself and achieve those goals. Plus, if you share your resolutions with others it can create a system of shared accountability.
Don't beat yourself up
Instead of focusing on failure, focus on personal growth and be open to changing your priorities. Sometimes it's about the journey of getting there.