7 Ways to Stick to Your Goals

With the new year now in full effect, we have so many goals that we want to achieve, and we plan on achieving them with the best of intentions. We want to become better people — healthier, stronger, more skilled, a better friend or family member. However, we typically do not plan for unforeseen events that life may throw at us. We get sick, burnt out or there’s an emergency. These are some on our tips on how to stay on track.



1. Find a method to your madness.

Develop habits that you find yourself using and that you can stick to. For instance, you may not be a to-do list person on paper, but perhaps writing it on your online calendar is better. Or maybe you find yourself rushing in the morning before going to work. Try prepping all your clothes and work material the night before. We all have different ways of working, so find something that sticks to you.

2. Break it down.

It can sometimes be overwhelming to start and tackle a huge project. Instead of looking at the whole picture, try viewing it in bite sized pieces. For instance, if you have a 10 page paper due in 3 weeks, try writing 1.5 pages every other day. Then in 2 weeks, you’ll have your whole paper completed with time left to revise it. Not only is it mentally easier for you to start the project, but it will also be easier to keep that momentum to help you complete the task.

3. Make it a habit.

Practice makes perfect. And the more you practice, the less you’ll realize that you’re putting effort into it. Our mind is a muscle, and it memorizes patterns. By doing something over and over, you’re building self-discipline and willpower. Eventually, it’ll just become an integral part of your lifestyle.

4. Measure your progress.

Understand that change does not happen overnight; it comes over time. Nonetheless, progress can still be documented in smaller fractions. For instance, if you’re preparing for a marathon, try writing down how long it takes you to complete a mile each week. The change may not be substantial, but every second counts towards the end goal.

5. Have a rest day.

We’re human. We get tired and sick. Or sometimes, we just need to take a breather. Remember to take a day to rest and decompress from the madness of life. It’s better to unwind and feel well-rested to tackle the next work day with 150% than it is to keep grinding and giving it 60%.

6. “Failing” is okay.

Setbacks are a part of the process. According to John Norcross, Scranton University psychology professor, it’s important to deal with failures by getting back on track. 70% of successful goal-setters stated that their first hiccup allowed them to learn and strengthen their resolution. Norcross states to adopt the mindset of, “Let me learn from it, and let me keep going.”

7. Believe in yourself.

According to researchers, believing in the possibilities of accomplishing a goal increases your chance of actually reaching it. Additionally, it can help you overcome challenges you face. Each day, It’s important to remind yourself that you hold the perseverance, desire and determination to achieve your goals. As Eleanor Roosevelt stated, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”