Every year millions of people across the world set goals. So often the words “This is the year I’m going to make it happen” are thrown around. Then a few weeks later, so many go right back to where they started.
With that sad reality being stated, setting goals are a great thing! No one wants to be in the same place they were the year before. We were created to desire to constantly get better.
Here are 4 simple, but game changing tips that’ll give your 2017 goals a better chance to come to fruition.
1. Set Specific, Measurable Goals
Specific meaning what, when, where and how. Your 2017 goals should be extremely detailed not general or vague. Make sure you can define them.
Losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 60 pounds by the end of 2017 by running an average of 10 miles per week would be.
If you’re not giving yourself timely, measurable specifics you’ll forget what you’re trying to achieve, lose drive, and most likely fail before you even see decent result.
2. Have Multiple Mini Milestones
Take small steps. Many people quit because the goal is too big, requiring too large of steps all at once.
Focus on achieving small incremental objectives. Don’t buy the lie that small accomplishments don’t add up.
If your overall goal is to lose 60 pounds by the end of 2017, then your short term goal could be to lose 10 pounds in the month of March by running 2 miles every other day.
Don’t forget to celebrate each small win! It will make the journey more enjoyable and the big, ultimate goal more likely to be attained!
3. Re-Write Down Your Goals Everyday
Do this preferably in the morning before you start your day.
If you do this, you’re much less likely to temporarily forget what you’re trying to achieve by giving into instant gratification.
This will keep your mind focused and aligned with what you truly desire for the long term.
4. Have An Accountability Partner
When setting your goals and as you set out to achieve what you want to accomplish, share with someone you trust.
Then on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (whatever works best for you) report how you have been doing. Talk about what mini milestones you have achieved and what has been difficult.
This takes humility and vulnerability. You have to be willing to report both your successes and failures.
Set targets big enough that keep you interested and inspired.
Your goals have to be more valuable than the risks you feel you are taking. Become a fanatic about your goals and always remember why you want to achieve them.
To further ensure your success, go ALL IN the rest of this year like a hungry dog on the back of a meat truck who hasn’t eaten in a week!