It’s that time of year again where everyone is making some sort of resolution for the New Year. Everybody starts off very motivated and determined, but that determination fades in a matter of weeks if not days. Can you recall the last time you have actually reached your New Year’s resolutions? Most of you probably don’t. Having a goal set over a short period is not the same as having a goal set over a year. This is what most people tend to forget and is the same reason why your motivation at the start of the year is nowhere to be seen after a month or two.
This article is made to help you better set your goals and optimize your lifestyle in order to reach your new year’s resolution. However, this is not only about New Year’s resolution as it can apply to goals in general. Knowing how to set up your goals and actually reaching them is really important. It paves the way to growth and success.
After reading this article (and applying what it says, of course), you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals! And now, without further ado, let us tell you all about the 6 tips to help you reach your goals in 2019.
1. Write Down Your Goals
Writing down your goals on a piece of paper is a great way to keep them engraved at the top of your mind, so you don’t lose sight of them. Studies have shown that students who physically took notes had a better memory than those who simply took notes on a laptop. This can also be applied to setting goals. Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind will help you in achieving your goals. Rather than just them in a random file on your laptop which you’ll probably neglect, writing goals on a piece of paper is the first step in giving them substance, all you have left is act on those goals and make them a reality.
Another thing that can be very helpful in keeping your goals in front of you to see. You can write down your goals on sticky notes and put them in your environment. Seeing your goals in front of every day can help reinforce them into your mind.
2. Break Down Your Goals
Having a huge goal to reach can be overwhelming. It might even be one of the main reasons as to why you’re not working towards it in the first place. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You need to be methodical and break down your goal into smaller, more achievable ones.
For instance, let us say that you want to learn an instrument. That’s a very broad goal, and you likely won’t reach it. Instead, try and break down why you want to learn that instrument and work your way from there. For example, if you want to learn guitar, it all probably started because you wanted to play a particular song. That’s a great starting point as you can start learning the fundamentals throughout the process of learning that song. That way, you’ll hit two birds with one stone!
3. Stay Consistent
When trying to reach any goal, consistency is essential. You need to be working regularly towards your goal. Don’t wait for that ‘free afternoon’ or that perfect time where you have nothing to do and expect to accomplish everything on that day. That’s simply not how things work.
There are plenty of ways to help you stay consistent. Setting a schedule and sticking to it is a good way of developing a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s a good ol’ calendar, a daily planner or a dedicated scheduling app like Google Calendar, setting a schedule using these is helpful. Try and dedicate some of your time towards that goal, be it on a daily basis, a weekly basis, or a regular interval. Consistency is the key word here.
4. Keep Track of Your Goals.
Another crucial step to achieving your goals is to actually keep track of the progress you make. This can give you insight on how you’re doing and can be a good motivator. There are numerous ways you can keep track of your progress. You can do it the classic way and write down notes on where you’re at with your goal.
One other way to do it is to use a goal tracking app to make things easier. We recommend Strides, but there are several other apps like it that serve a similar purpose. However, with Strides, you can track different types of goals such as targets, habits, averages, or projects. The app will show you the progress you’re making on your goals as well as show some charts that highlight success rates to help motivate you.
5. Find People Willing to Help You
Even though you might be able to achieve your goals all by yourself, it’s not always the case. This is even truer with huge goals as you’ll have a lot to do. There’s no shame in asking for help.
People can help you in many ways. Whether it’s a teacher or a mentor, or just a friend, people can offer you more knowledge and give your access to tools and information you might not have been able to before. Friends can also be a good source of motivation, though this doesn’t apply for everyone sadly
6. Keep Yourself Motivated with Rewards
Motivation seems to be a scarce commodity, and the longer you work towards a goal, the less motivation there will be. However, there are ways to counteract this. One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated throughout your arduous journey is to set goals along the way so that you always have something to work towards.
With that said you need to balance out your rewards and how you set them up. You wouldn’t want to reward yourself for every tiny bit of progress, but you also don’t want the rewards to be too sparse you might give up before reaching them.
7. Boost Your Energy with the Right Energy Drinks
Besides rewarding yourself, you can stay motivated by consuming the right energy drinks. A can of Sugar Free Red Bull, for example, can do wonders when it comes to motivation. Next time you feel down, head to the nearest lounge, grab an Epuri cocktail, and get on with your goals!
Good job making it this far into the article! We really hope that these tips were useful. Being able to set goals and achieve them is very important in developing a healthy lifestyle and setting yourself up for success and growth. So, what are you waiting for? Go and make your goals a reality!