The good News

The good News is that you can absolutely Achieve those resolutions as long as you remain 

Focused and Motivated throughout the year. Here are 10 ways to help you keep on the grind 

of Your Goals this year.

Have a compelling a “Why.”

As you kick-off the new year, I’m sure that you’re Focused on Goals like becoming 

healthier, having more money in Your bank account, or becoming a more respected leader. 

But, without understanding “why” you want to Achieve these Goals, the chances of you 

staying Motivated will wane as the year goes on.

Take a moment and align Your Goals with Your core values so that you have a deep and 

personal connection with them. When you’re “why” is connected and linked to you 

personally, you’ll retain the ability to Achieve Your Goals. Just remember to Focus on 

Your “why.” Don’t buy a new house just because you’re around 30 and that’s what 30-year-

olds are supposed to do. Instead, you buy a home because you’re emotionally and 

financially ready and want to have stability for Your family.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

A lot of Goals are so expansive that they can be overwhelming. As a Result, it’s 

Difficult to stay Focused and Motivated because they feel unattainable. At my past 

company, I remember setting a lot of Goals that were exciting. Unfortunately, many 

weren't obtainable and it could hurt employee Motivation.

When We started Calendar, we made it a point to break the big Goals into Smaller 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals. These are Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and 

Time-Bound. This has helped us make the Goals more Manageable and easier to Achieve 

because you can Focus on specific Goals that have a deadline.

For example, if you want to write and publish an eBook on leadership, Your first Goal in 

January could be coming-up with chapters. In February you start writing a chapter and so 

on until the book has been written. 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments -- even those Small Wins.

Don’t wait to celebrate until you’ve reached Your big Goals. Go ahead and celebrate even 

the smallest of victories. In fact, keep track of Your small Achievements daily. It will 

keep you Motivated throughout the year because this activates the reward circuitry of 

Your brains. This then opens a pathway that releases the chemicals that makes us feel 

pretty good and happy because we’re proud that we Achieved something.

Try something New.

When you do the same song and dance every day it’s easy to get into a rut. Try something 

new when you get the chance. It can be fun, exciting, and reignite Your Focus and 

Motivation. For example, if you want to enhance Your leadership skills you could try out 

a new online course or attend a conference or weekend retreat. You can then try out what 

you’ve learned in Your workplace. If it doesn’t work, you can make some adjustments until 

it works. 

Have a Plan, but be Flexible

When you purchase a new piece of furniture for Your home or office you probably have to 

follow the directions so that it can be assembled correctly. The same is true of Your 

Goals. If you don’t have a plan, then how are you really going to Achieve Your Goals ? 

Being realistic -- you won’t stay on the “follow-through” Plan.

However, you also need to be a Little Flexible. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and 

you’ll need that wiggle-room to readjust and get back-on-track.

Think of it this way. You purchased a Peloton bike with the Goal of losing Five Pounds 

per Month. But, one month, you dropped three pounds. Just because you didn’t reach that 

five-pound Goal doesn’t mean that you have to throw in the towel. 

Don’t Go it Alone.

Staying Focused and Motivated is no easy task. Even worse, when you experience setbacks 

it takes a lot of effort to pull Yourself back-up. One Positive way to make Your Goals 

just a little bit easier is by surrounding Yourself with like-minded people. Find those 

who have Your back and have similar Goals, such as a friend or community. They’ll also 

hold you accountable and push-you when you waiver.

At the same time, if you feel that certain people are holding you back, then it’s time to 

put some distance between you and them. You may even have to avoid them altogether.

Be Consistent, Not Perfect

Early on in my Career, I wanted all of my work to be perfect. Because I was spending so 

much time obsessing over every little detail and constantly making adjustments, I was 

missing deadlines and falling way behind on my to-do-lists. I was exhausted and just 

wanted to quit.

Eventually, I realized that perfection isn’t attainable and that it’s better to be 

consistent. In other words, instead of trying to be perfect, I do my best and deliver 

quality work day-in and day-out.

Visualize the Results.

Elite athletes are known for visualizing their performance in advance. In fact, they get 

so detailed that they can even see themselves executing the right moves and smell the 

sweat dripping down their face afterward.

Take a cue from these athletes and visualize Your desired outcomes. If you like, you can 

also create a vision board to serve as a visual representation of Your Goals. It can also 

remind you to stay Focused and on-course.

Seek out Positivity.

When you feel burned out and uninspired, take a step back and seek out Positive energy to 

revive Your Motivation. This could be by hanging out with Positive people, starting a 

gratitude journal, watching a YouTube video that makes you laugh, meditating, or just 

going for a walk outside.

You can “fill Your mind with uplifting and inspiring information” by reading or listening 

to a “book on a Positive topic that will give you a boost.” Pierce also recommends 

speaking Positive Affirmations. “Regardless of what is going on around you, speak out 

loud what you want to happen,” writes Pierce. “Write out an affirmation that you can say 

daily and put it up somewhere that you are sure to see it every day, like Your bathroom 

mirror or Your refrigerator.”

Go Easy on Yourself.

Finally, don’t beat Yourself up when you have a bad day or get off-track a bit. It 

happens. Instead, back away and reflect on what needs to change so that you can remain 

Focused and Motivated going forward. Think about if there were any mistakes you made and 

how you can learn from them.

#S.M.A.R.T. Goals. 
#Relevant, #Time-Bound

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