According to the latest research, most of the people who set resolutions at the beginning of the year have given up on them by February. I used to be one of those people. This year is different, however. I made more progress on my goals in January than I ever have before, and I am still going strong now that January is over. If you are sitting there wondering if you will ever find the motivation to stick to your goals, keep reading. I’m going to show you how to form habits that stick.
Discipline vs. Motivation
First, you need to understand that you will not always feel motivated to take action on your goals. The key is to show up and do it anyway. Motivation is a general desire or willingness to do something. Discipline is training yourself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.
Discipline will always bring more success than motivation because motivation is based on emotion. Emotions change from day to day depending on circumstance, while discipline remains constant no matter the circumstance.
Setting Goals that Matter
Next, you need to be sure that your goals are connected to what matters. Do not set goals based on what someone else is doing or what you think you should be doing because of what seems popular at the time.
Take time to reflect on the kind of life you want to live and determine what it is going to take to get you there. You do not want to waste your time on a goal that does not propel you toward the life you desire.
If you need help doing this, I can show you how to find your passion and set goals that matter.
Three Ways to Form Habits that Stick
Good habits are the best way to ensure you stay on the right track, no matter what it is you are trying to accomplish in life. I am a big believer in using systems and routines to stay productive and get things done.
Sticking to a routine allows you the freedom to focus on the things that truly matter to you by streamlining your day. When you know exactly what needs to happen each day, it is easier to live your days with intention rather than wondering what you should do next.
Below are three ways to form habits that stick:
1 // Break it down
Sometimes, when we set goals, they tend to be a broad overview of how we want to live our life. For example, say your goal for the year is to get healthy so you can have the energy you need to take care of your family.
This is a great goal, but it is overwhelming because there is no clear focus. You need to break the goal down into small, actionable steps to make it manageable. How exactly do you plan to get healthy?
Some examples may include:
- Drink 64 oz. of water per day
- Walk for 30 minutes, three times per week
- Take a multivitamin daily
- Go to bed at 9 p.m. every night
- Reduce caffeine intake to one cup of coffee per day
Now, you have several things you can work on throughout the year to improve your health. You do not have to do everything at once. Pick one item on the list and work on that for a month. Once that becomes a habit, choose another item to work on the next month, and so on.
2 // Write it down
Once you have your action steps in place, you need to write them down in a place that you will see them every day. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write things down, I will likely forget.
It also helps to be able to physically check things off on a list each day. After you establish your action steps for the month, sort your tasks by what you need to accomplish each day or week and track your progress.
3 // Prepare for success
It is not enough to merely set your goals and write them down. The third and most crucial step is to take action on the goals you set for yourself.
Make the necessary preparations to set yourself up for success. Determine when you will incorporate new habits into your day and add them to your calendar. Decide what changes you might need to make to your schedule to accommodate your goals.
Think about the roadblocks you might encounter and have a plan in place for how you will respond. Remember that you will not always feel motivated to work toward your goals. You have to train yourself to show up and do it anyway.
It’s Not Too Late
It is never too late to make progress on your goals. You can begin at any time whether it is the start of a new year or not. There is nothing holding you back from living the life you desire.
You can live your life with intention or let it happen to you by accident. The choice is yours, but either way, time keeps ticking. Decide to take action today.
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You can do this, friend! I am rooting for you!
Did you set goals at the beginning of this year? Are you among the majority of people who have already forgotten about them, or are you totally rocking it this year? Share your story in the comments below.
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