You know the feeling. It’s the start of a new year and you’re ready to finally follow through on your resolutions. Then February hits and you’ve already gone back to exactly how you were before January 1st.
You’re not alone. One study showed that 78% of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail to achieve their goal. So what’s it going to take to actually achieve the goals you have for this new year?
If you’ve tried several tactics in the past for trying to reach your goals but you’re still not accomplishing what you want to, this article is for you.
When it comes down to it, accomplishing your goals first starts by understanding how to set the right goals. That’s the whole purpose behind S.M.A.R.T. goals, a popular strategy for setting goals. Yet too many still fall short.
If this is you, don’t give up. Read these tips and tricks for goal setting that you may not have heard before.
Don’t Set a Goal Unless You Firmly Believe in Its Purpose
You may be tempted to set a goal because it’s expected of you or because you know you need a change. But unless you know the why behind your goal, and value the why, your goal will mean nothing to you.
Feeling motivated to accomplish your goals is always a struggle. We often lack motivation, though, because we don’t believe in our goals in the first place or what they will amount to. For instance, if you make the goal to make a million this year by creating a blog, but hate content writing, then you won’t be encouraged to see your goal through to the end. However, if you find an opportunity that gets you excited and makes a difference, then making a million is a bonus at the end of a great journey.
When you’re making goals, remember what it is you want out of this life. What is it that you value, and what will matter at the end of the day? Those are the best motivators for sticking to your goals.
“PEOPLE WITH GOALS SUCCEED BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING.” – EARL NIGHTINGALE
Don’t Worry About Failing
If you focus too much on not reaching your goals, then that’s exactly what’s going to happen. On the other hand, when you visualize success that’s what you achieve. It may not come easily, but it will come.
Besides, what’s so bad about failing anyway? You learn what you need to face your next obstacle with more strength than you had before. The fact is that nobody succeeds without failing first.
Accepting that truth, though, is where most people have a hard time. But if we were to embrace our failures with the same enthusiasm that we embrace our dreams, we would achieve them much quicker.
“SETTING GOALS IS THE FIRST STEP IN TURNING THE INVISIBLE INTO THE VISIBLE.” – TONY ROBBINS
Understand that Different Goals Require Different Treatment
Every goal is different. The business goals you made last year won’t be the same ones you make this year (we hope). As such, you can’t expect to face each goal with the same standard.
Making $1,000 in one month is a lot different than making a million. It may take you a little longer to reach a million, so give yourself the time you need to get there. The key here is to take the necessary steps in the appropriate amount of time.
Don’t set unnecessary expectations when you set larger goals. But don’t avoid extra effort when it’s needed. Rise to meet the challenges before you, but do so accordingly.
“YOUR GOALS, MINUS YOUR DOUBTS, EQUAL YOUR REALITY.” – RALPH MARSTON
Remember What’s in Your Control and What’s Not
There are so many things in your business that are out of your control. How consumers respond to your marketing. Who will write positive reviews and who will not. Who will become your a loyal customer and who will leave your site for a competitor.
Sure there are steps you can take to influence the outcomes in these situations. Just remember that at the end of the day you can only do so much. When we forget that, we often set unreachable goals outside of our control only to end up frustrated and disappointed when we can’t reach them.
Reach higher where you can, but don’t get upset when you can’t fly. Be happy with what you can do and how far you have come.
“WHAT YOU GET BY ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT YOU BECOME BY ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.” – ZIG ZIGLAR
No doubt that you’ve heard this tip before. It’s not as much of a secret as it is a fact. If you want to achieve your goals, you have to not give up on them. That’s not to say that everyone who refuses to give up on a dream makes it happen. Many don’t. A lot of what determines destiny are those outside factors that you can’t control. But a lot is also determined by the choices you make. So don’t choose to give up.
Take little steps, and then bigger steps on other days, working with what you can do. You can choose to work a little longer every day. You can accomplish more in a day if you prioritize better and find effective ways to be productive. Really you can become a millionaire or a billionaire if you take the right steps starting now. You can, so why don’t you?
It may be a matter of discipline. That’s what successful entrepreneurs are made of. They see their goals and they take them. They push aside what’s holding them back because the why matters more. And yes, they’ve failed. Over and over again. But that didn’t stop them. It just redirected them to a different, but better route. By focusing on improving themselves as best as they could, it turns out that’s what they did.
Now it’s your turn. Don’t let yourself down, but don’t beat yourself up. Just keep walking and don’t ever quit. Ever.