5 Ways to Stay on Track and Achieve Your Goals
How Do I Achieve My Goals?
It is true, that a goal without a plan is just a dream. But sometimes the plan is not enough. Sometimes, we need motivation and encouragement to keep going.
So, how do you achieve your goals?
Know What Motivates You
If you have set a goal and feel you are not making progress, you need to consider what will motivate you.
Ideas can include setting incentives along the way, remembering why you started or getting some help.
Achieving our goals is the biggest reward. However, sometimes breaking our goal into smaller chunks can make it feel more achievable. Instead of climbing the whole stair case, we take it one step at a time.
And when we take that step, we reward ourselves with a small incentive. It can reinforce our positive action and behaviours. This then gives us more energy and motivation to continue.
For example, I once had a fitness goal. I wanted to go to the gym for at least 4 classes a week over a period of 2 months. I set myself an incentive. If I went to the gym for 4 times a week for the first two weeks I would buy myself some new gym clothes. My goal of improving my fitness and establishing a healthy routine was a higher reward overall. However, the incentive of a reward for my efforts on the way helped me stay on track and establish my new habits.
Remembering your why is another key motivator. After all, our why is the reason we set this as a goal in the first place.
For example, I have a goal of reading 25 books in a year. While this goal is about the number of books I read, there is a higher purpose.
I am committed to learning and I want to expand my knowledge and understanding of many topics. I also want to become a better writer, and one day be an author of my own books.
When my current goal of reading 25 books seems out of reach, or I fall behind in my reading, remembering my why is a motivator that drives me forward. It is not just about finishing books. It is about my personal growth and my future career.
Getting help from others may also motivate you to keep going towards achieving your goals.
Some people are self-driven. If their goal is important enough, nothing and no-one will stand in their way.
But other people, myself included, need the support of others at times. I know I respond well to external accountability.
When I am working on a goal, I use this to my advantage. I tell lots of people – family and friends – all about what I am setting out to achieve. I know that by telling people, I feel a stronger commitment to achieving my goals. Knowing that those closest to me will ask me about my progress encourages me to keep moving, so that I have progress to report on.
How do I achieve my goals? What else can I do?
Acknowledge Your Efforts
Reflecting on your progress and acknowledging your efforts is another way to stay on track.
The goal may take a lot of effort over a long time. Sometimes we may not see the results of our efforts immediately. Instead of being concerned by the lack of results, acknowledge the effort you have put in. This is part of achieving your goal.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight and you are exercising and eating right, but not seeing the weight shift on the scale you could easily become disheartened. But instead of worrying about the number on the scale, you could acknowledge the commitment you have made to a healthy lifestyle with clean eating and regular exercise. This is what will ultimately get you to your goal. The effort you put in. It is important to acknowledge and can help keep you motivated. You know you can do it – you are doing it. Keep going!
An extension of this is celebrating your wins…
Once we have achieved our goals we often move to the next item on our list. We look forward to what lays ahead of us. What is the next challenge?
I encourage you to bask in the glow of your achievements. Feel the pride. Share your results. Celebrate!
We are so busy looking from one thing to the next. It is important to take stock of how far we have come and acknowledge our ability. It reinforces our trust in ourselves. That we can do hard things. We have the potential, we are capable, we are going places.
Look out goals – here we come!