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How to set goals and stick to them

The new year is almost here and everyone will set goals or resolutions. Unfortunately most people don’t keep their new years resolutions. We tend to set them to high and expect results quickly. That is the downfall of the new years resolution.

Setting goals and sticking to them can be difficult, but not impossible. We all set goals, we do it every day. We set a goal to go to work, clean the house, see a friend or go grocery shopping. You may not think of these as goals, but they are. Sticking to your goals is as easy as changing your mindset.

So how to you set goals and stick to them? There are many steps you can take to make sure you are not one of the many who will not achieve their goals this new year.

Define your goals

1. Set one or two long term goals.

Long term goals are your goals for the next year, three or five years. These are large goals like buying a house, losing 100 or more pounds or going on an expensive vacation. These goals are the large ones that seem unachievable.

2. Take those goals and break them down into smaller goals

By breaking these goals down into smaller more achievable goals you are able to see results faster and are better able to reach those large goals. Think about it, when you were in school you learned how to read one word at a time. You learned math by learning addition, then subtraction, then multiplication and so on. In this way the small steps made our childhood selves learn what we needed to without getting too overwhelmed.

3. Take those smaller goals and break them down one more time

These are your monthly, weekly or daily goals you set to achieve your overall long term goals. Maybe you are saving $20 a week for your vacation or your weekly weight loss goal is 2lbs a week. (that’s 112 a year!) Looking at small goals and setting them so that they are achievable can keep you on track and keep your goal alive.

check out: Printable worksheets for setting your goals

Sticking to your goals

1. Remind yourself daily of the short term and long term goals you are working on.

Leave yourself notes on the bathroom mirror, fridge or a dream board to remind yourself of what your small goals and long term goals are. Reminding yourself daily of what you have to do to reach your goals is a great way to stay on track. As a result you are more likely to reach your goals

2. Take a few moments to visualize you achieving your large goal or small goals.

Every morning try to visualize yourself reaching your goals. Even if it’s just while your getting ready to head to work. Visualizing your goals is a great way to remind yourself that these goals are achievable and you can reach them.

3. Reward yourself when you reach each small goal

If your trying to lose weight reward yourself with a new shirt or something non-food related. If your saving reward yourself with a relaxing night in or find something free to do in your area. Do you have a goal to quit smoking, reward yourself with a nice dinner or night out.

4. Plan a large reward for when you reach that overall goal

If your goal is a vacation, then that may be reward enough for you, but lets say you are trying to lose weight, reward yourself with new clothing to help show off that new healthy body.

5. Don’t get discouraged

Everyone falls down sometimes. All you have to do is get back up and keep going. Maybe you had to spend some of your vacation money on a new hot water heater or car repair. Brush it off and start again. Keep going and your vacation will happen, if you give up, it never will.

6. Get friends or family to help motivate you

This is really important if you are looking at losing weight, paying off debt or changing a habit. You need people who are supportive and will help keep you motivated. As much as you may love a friend or family member if they bring you down, stop talking to them as much, keep only positive people in your life.

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