1. Keep it simple
Don’t set massive goals that are so far away from your current lifestyle that it practically guarantees you will fail. For example , if you don’t exercise at all, it’s probably unrealistic to ask yourself to turn into a fitness buff overnight. Setting goals that are too far from where you honestly are at present may cause all-or-nothing thinking, which is a recipe for disaster. If you set mode st goals that are not too far away from where you are today, you will most likely succeed. The steady progress you will experience will lead to even more success than you can imagine is possible now. Start off small and le t it build slowly and naturally.
2. Stick to just a few
Don’t make a laundry list of things that you se t out to do. If you have too many things on the list your intentions will be diluted. Choosing only one or two will force you to limit yourself to things that are at the top of your priority list. Also, divide your goals into smaller goals and work on e ach of those one by one as part of achieving your final goal.
3. Focus on the feelings, not the actions
Ask yourself: “How would I feel if all my dreams came true?” The reason we have dreams is because we believe achieving those dreams will bring us a sense of accomplishment, peace, relief, love or any host of other positive emotions. By sticking to how your goal will make you feel, it does not seem like such a grind achieving it.
4. Keep it positive
Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. A lot of the time just simply how you phrase your goals can determine if you will succeed. Saying your goals as a negative can lead to more of the very behaviour that you want to change. So, instead of saying “I won’t eat chocolate”, say “I will eat he althier”.
5. Celebrate your successes
Having broken your goal into smaller goals, be sure to celebrate when you achieve a ste p towards your goal. Positive reinforcement is the best way to keep you going over the weeks and months ahead.