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
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.