1. Make Sure Your Goals Are Realistic
It’s one of the most common and cliché tips for a good reason. We tend to get a bit overzealous when setting up goals and without thinking too carefully we create goals that are almost always unattainable and leave us feeling disappointed in ourselves when we don’t achieve them. If you don’t know how to set a realistic goal, research! Looking at lots other people who have achieved similar goals to what you are aiming for or asking a professional may help you when setting your own. Just remember that every person if different, with different circumstances, so don’t try to copy exactly what someone else has done, fit it to yourself and your own circumstances.
2. Know How You’re Going to Achieve Your Goals
Setting a goal is usually the only step a lot of people take. But those who consistently achieve their goals have a plan on how to get there that they are able stick to. After setting your goal, make sure you break it down into bite-sized, manageable targets for you to smash through. For example, if your goal is to run a 5km marathon in a few months time, your bite sized targets to achieve for the first month may be to train at least 3 days a week, cut down on junk food, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink 1.5L of water a day. The next month may be to train 5 days a week, cut out all junk food, and drink 2L of water a day. Steadily building yourself up with bite-sized targets will help you to define a clear path to get to your end goal.
3. Celebrate the Small Achievements Too
Those bite-sized, manageable targets that you created should be celebrated when you smash through them. They are there not only to keep you on track to achieving the end goal, but to reinvigorate you when you my start to doubt yourself or lose motivation. So make sure to appreciate and congratulate yourself on getting through your small targets.
4. Revisit Your Goals Daily
Whether you read them when you wake up in the morning, on your lunch break, or before bed, revisiting your goals and bite sized targets daily can help to keep you on track.
5. Don’t Get Discouraged by Small Bumps in the Road
Things don’t always go to plan. Even if you put in place manageable targets to achieve along the way, other factors can disrupt your best plans, like getting sick or injured. Don’t get discouraged. Readjust your plans and targets to get around these small bumps and back on track with your original plans.