We all have goals in life! Some of us want to lose weight. Some of us want to save up so that we can afford a dream holiday, a nice car, or even our first house. There are then those that have professional goals, as well as health-related goals, which could be anything from drinking more water to giving up smoking. However, attaining these goals is never easy, and one thing that most people struggle with is motivation. Yes, you want to be healthier or fit into a smaller dress size – there is no denying that – but it is hard to stay committed to the journey, especially when it can take a while to get there. So, how do you develop an unshakeable commitment to any goal? Here are some secrets to achieving your goals.
6 Secrets To Achieving Your Goals
Get in the right mindset
The first thing you need to do is get your mind right. Your mindset is where success begins. If you have faulty assumptions and beliefs, they will halt your progress and take you off course. You need to make the decision with yourself to not hold anything back on your quest to achieve your goals. You need to accept that nothing is going to stand in your way of achieving what you have your heart set on. Goals cannot be reached half-heartedly. You need to go all in.
Break your goal into smaller steps
One of the reasons why so many people struggle to achieve their goals is because they seem so far away. Let’s say you want to lose three stone and be healthier. This can seem like a mammoth task. However, if you break this down into smaller challenges, you will be more committed. You could, for example, set yourself a task to lose half a stone every six weeks. Or, you could set yourself challenges that revolve around changing your diet habits. For example, you could set yourself challenges every two weeks, starting with drinking eight glass of water every day. Once you have integrated this into your lifestyle, you can move onto portion control, and so on and so forth. This will help you to stay on track. It is something that can be applied to all goals. For those who want to give up smoking, stopping altogether is difficult, isn’t it? Instead, why not set yourself milestones, for example, reducing your daily cigarettes by ‘x’ amount, until you reach zero.
And, what about goals in a professional capacity? It is so hard to keep your team inspired and motivated when the end result is so far away and they don’t see how they fit into the picture; the same goes for keeping on top of budget and time constraints too. This is why splitting projects and objectives into smaller, manageable amounts is beneficial. You also need to make sure that you don’t run before you can work.
If you suffer from persistent pain, for example, your first goal should be to look for herbs to help manage pain or to book an appointment with a professional before you start diving into workouts because you want to get fit.
Another way to make sure you remain committed to your goals is by rewarding yourself whenever you achieve something. This is something that can go alongside the smaller goals and milestones that you have set yourself. Every time you reach one of these smaller goals, you should reward yourself with something nice. This could be anything from a trip to the spa or purchasing a book you have wanted to read for a while. This will give you something to work towards and it will help to keep your motivation levels high.
Be accountable to someone
If you keep your goals a secret, you are going to be more likely to put them off because you are not accountable. After all, you can always start again on Monday, right? No one is going to know! This is a big mistake. Instead, you need to make yourself accountable to someone. You don’t need to tell everyone – it is up to you. Announcing your objectives on social media, though, can be a good thing, because you feel like the whole world is watching you, and now failure is not an option. Of course, this all depends on the nature of your goal, it may be something private and you may not want to put it in the public domain. This is okay too, so long as you are accountable to someone, be it a friend, your mother or father, or even a stranger online who you chat to through a forum. For weight loss, it could be a personal trainer. For professional goals, it could be your boss or a co-worker, or even your husband or wife. Make sure it is someone that matters, though. If the person you tell isn’t really going to care if you succeed or feel, they aren’t the right person to keep you on the path to success.
Create successful habits
For long-term success, you need to create successful habits. You cannot cheat your way to the top; you need to make permanent and sustainable changes. The key is to create daily habits that are going to draw you closer to your goal. Think about your current habits that are having a negative impact. Take the time to write these down in a list. For example, maybe you waste time surfing on the Internet every day, and this is stopping you from getting more work done? Or, maybe you tend to smoke in certain social environments, for example, when you are at the pub? Or, do you binge eat whenever you are bored? You get the point! Identify the moments that result in you taking a left turn on your path to success. By identifying these moments, you can deal with them. You can start creating daily habits that cultivate success rather than failure.
Last but not least, the more you know, the more committed you will be. A lot of people state that they would take action but they simply aren’t ready yet. Well, it is time to get ready! But, don’t let the quest for full knowledge stop you from getting started. There is always going to be more to learn, and you will always learn more from experience than consumption. Let’s say your goal is to work from home and be your own boss. You will learn way more in your first year of doing this than you will ever learn from reading a textbook on the matter.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared and motivated with these secrets to achieving your goals you have set yourself. Good luck!