Many of us like to set goals that we hope to achieve. It might be at the beginning of the year where we set intentions and goals for the year ahead. It could be at the start of a new month, a new week, or just when you feel inspired to work towards something or make some positive changes in your life.
It is very common to have some form of goal you are working toward, and even more common for people to give up or not get to where they want to be. It can be hard to stay motivated towards your goals and stay on track. However, there are things you can do and consider that could help with this. Here are some of the hacks that will help you to keep on track with your goals.
How to keep on track with your goals
Be realistic with your goals
One of the biggest mistakes people make when setting goals is they set a goal that is unrealistic. It might be that you want to run a marathon, but is that realistic right now if you have never run before? It could be that you want to jump out of a plane raising money for charity but if you are scared of heights is that realistic? It is important to dream big and set big goals, but you also need to be realistic. Otherwise, you will never stick to it.
Smaller goals will help you stay motivated
Having a big goal is great, but having smaller goals that are steps to helping you achieve that ultimate big goal is equally as important. The smaller goals give you a quick and easy way to track your progress, and also provide you with a road map to help you to get to where you want to be.
Keep it personal
There are so many things you could set as a goal for yourself, but the problem is, if you don’t keep it personal you will likely lose interest. For example, if someone you know has a goal of running their own business, and you think that sounds good, you might set that as a goal for yourself as well. Seeing how it affects others. But, if you don’t have that passion, idea, or belief to do it, then it isn’t personal to you, and the chances are you won’t achieve it. Think about what is important to you. What is your “Why” and centre your goals around what you want? You will thank yourself for doing that.
Are your goals measurable?
You need to make sure that your goals are measurable. This is where the smaller goals and steps can help you track the progress, but you might also want to measure your goals in time, weight, achievements, etc. Make a note of these things so that you can congratulate the progress you make.
Put a date and time on it
It is no good having a goal if you haven’t set an intention for when you want to achieve it. Having a time and date set for when you want to achieve your goal will help you to track your progress and also plan your road map on how you will achieve it. New year’s goals are always good for this as you can look back on previous January’s and see how far you have come.
Can a motivational partner help?
For some goals, it might be good to get a motivational partner. This is usually someone who has a similar goal to you. This can work very well for weight loss and exercise-related goals that you might have. It is someone you can talk to, and also help when needed. You can do things together that will help you to stay motivated and on track to hit your goals. Sometimes people need someone to help them to be accountable for things, especially exercise, so this could work out well.
Remind yourself of why you are doing this
Finally, it is important to remind yourself why you have set this goal and the reasons you are doing what you are. Sometimes goals are set because you want to change your lifestyle, other times it might be for health reasons. Whatever your inspiration and drive is, remind yourself of the benefits and the reasons why to help you stay motivated and on track to achieve your goals. This might be one of the most important things you do to help you keep going.
Hopefully, these hacks will help you keep on track with your goals.