Have you ever wanted to achieve a goal that you thought was far-fetched and impossible? Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. I believe this quote holds a lot of truth to it.
Over the last 2 years, I have set several goals for myself–some of which, I successfully achieved while others I didn’t. Admittedly, It can be discouraging to stay on track when we’re met with resistance along the way but I truly believe that when you want something bad enough, you should stop at nothing to achieve it.
So what are some ways to stay on track with achieving our goals, particularly when we’ve been discouraged and defeated in the past?
The first thing to consider is this, no matter how many times you’ve failed, it’s crucial to pick yourself back up and try again. If you’ve had trouble with achieving your goals in the past, you may just need to re-evaluate the steps you took (or didn’t take) the last time you tried.
Secondly, we all fail from time-to-time. Once we begin to accept that this is part of the growth process, we become more resilient and accepting of the curve-balls that life chooses to throw at us.
Regardless, there are steps you can take that can help you stay on track.
My top 4 ways to help you stay on track with your goals
Write down your goals.
This is perhaps the most important tip and the most well-known. When we write down our goals, we are far more likely to achieve them than if we don’t. As a plus, it helps to have them nearby where you can review them often and track your progress along the way.
Make sure to be as specific as possible when writing down your goals and include all the steps that you’ll need to take in order to get there. Written goals are like a road map to success and provide real and tangible metrics to help us measure our progress.
My favorite time to write down my goals is in the beginning of the year since I feel like I am starting with a clean-slate. However, you can start a new list at any time during the year, particularly after you’ve achieved another set of goals.
Have an accountability partner or partners.
If you can, try and link up with others who are on the same mission as you are. Find people who possess similar goals and hold one another accountable for achieving those goals.
An accountability partner takes on the role as a confident whom you can fully entrust to provide you with motivation and guidance along the way.
What’s more is that this person can help to provide you with real life advice, ideas, and mentor-ship. You can also return the favor by offering the same support and guidance along the way, particularly if your end goals are similar in nature.
I have found awesome mentors in various Facebook Groups by doing a simple search for the field or area that I am trying to study or improve upon. Other times, it can be a trusted co-worker, friend, teacher, or anyone whom you can rely on to give you honest feedback.
Celebrate the small achievements along the way.
When going after big-picture goals, we often lose sight of the baby-step progress we make along the way. The truth of the matter is that every step we take plays a part and directly impacts the outcome of our goals–regardless of how small those steps seem to be.
Therefor, setting minute milestones and celebrating our small achievements can help us stay focused, motivated, and hungry for more. The reasoning behind this is purely chemical. When we experience success of any kind, our brain releases a powerful hormone called dopamine, which is essentially the brains reward mechanism.
Small wins can literally propel you to meeting your goals, so although you want to think big overall, don’t forget to cultivate all of the small wins!
I like to keep a planner for this reason. Whenever I have a set goal, I write down the details under the month I’d like to achieve it. I also keep a checklist of the actions needed to achieve that goal on a weekly basis.
Each week, I go through the list and begin to check off what I have accomplished thus far. I cannot express how important this is and how far it can get you. Here’s a good Monthly Planner you can get for next year.
When we set deadlines, we subconsciously create a sense of urgency in our minds causing us to work hard to ensure those deadlines are met on time.
Achieving goals can be more difficult than most people think. Regardless of our burning desire to change parts of our lives (such as living healthier, acquiring wealth, or even improving our body’s fitness level), if we don’t have a tangible plan in place, implementing those changes can be difficult and in some cases, impossible.
Motivation alone is great, but it will not get you from point A to point B unless you clarify your vision and set real, measurable goals. If there’s something that you would like to achieve for 2018, now’s the time to begin writing down the details of your vision.
Use the 4 aforementioned tips and you will be on your way to victory in no time!