How to Set Goals and Keep Them
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
The year 2020 had setbacks and challenges like no other, but if there’s a silver lining it’s in the way people adapted, and in some cases, even thrived. January is a time of change for many, with millions setting goals to achieve in the new year. Studies show, that although millions set goals in the new year, only about 8-percent actually keep them. No matter what your goals are, if you follow some simple tips, from Very Well, you can easily stick to your resolutions throughout the year and set yourself up for success.
Choose a Specific Goal:
Instead of selecting an ambiguous goal, focus on something more concrete that you can realistically set your sights on. In other words, choose a very specific, achievable goal.
Limit Your Resolutions
Try to pick just one goal and focus your energies on it rather than spreading yourself too thin among a number of different objectives.
Put Time Into Planning
Don't wait until the last minute to choose your goal. Picking your resolution wisely and putting in extensive planning are essential parts of achieving any goal.
Start With Small Steps
Taking on too much too quickly is a common reason why so many New Year's resolutions fail. Starting an unsustainably restrictive diet, overdoing it at the gym, or radically altering your normal behavior are surefire ways to derail your plans. Instead, focus on taking tiny steps that will ultimately help you reach your larger goal.
Avoid Repeating Past Failures
Another strategy for keeping your New Year's resolution is to not make the exact same resolution year after year. Consider altering your resolution slightly to make it more feasible. By changing your approach, you will be more likely to see real results this year.
Remember That Change Is a Process
Those unhealthy or undesired habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter of days, weeks, or months? Be patient with yourself. Understand that working toward your resolution is a process.
Keep Working on Your Goals
By March, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation that they had in January. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks.