When we set goals, the brain can’t tell the difference between what we want and what we have, so it establishes our goal as an essential part of who we are. Set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based.
- Do it for yourself. Approach your goals as if you have one year left to live, make them a priority.
- Be specific. Two mistakes people make are setting too many goals or setting goals that are too broad. Instead of setting a goal to get in shape, set a goal to lose 10 pounds, run two miles a day, or no snacking after 7pm.
- Work on one goal at a time. When you’re focused on too many goals, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
- Make charts or lists. If you can measure it, you can change it.
- Make it a priority. Make time to reach your goals. Any effort toward your goal is better than none.
- Be accountable. Discuss your goals with others so you are more likely to achieve them.
- Be patient. Focus on the process, rather than the result.
Six quirky tips for helping you achieve your goals.
- Move your alarm clock. If you are a habitual snoozer, move your alarm clock far away from your bed.
- Inspirational quotes. Write quotes down to remind you and boost your spirits or refocus your day.
- Socialize. Relieve stress and refresh your mind, regain focus to get back to your goals.
- Set an alarm. Remind yourself when it’s “goal time” such as working on a menu, exercise, meditate, go to bed, etc.
- Meditate. Pair your mind with a mindful meditation practice and increase your ability to create the life you truly desire. There are meditation aps available that will help.
- Reward yourself. When you reach a milestone, take time to celebrate and reward yourself.