- Set a goal
Too often we start the New Year by making a resolution, according to a poll done by ComRes, 66% of the people who made a resolution admitted to breaking it within the first month. Now that we are in the second month of the year, it is a good time to revisit your broken New Year’s resolution or make a new one. Either way the time is now to take action. Set a goal that you can measure, you can achieve and one that will stretch you to become better. This goal could be, financial, spiritual, health or relational. Hint: select one, no more than two goals to work on at a time. When you spread yourself too thin, it becomes difficult to measure your progress and develop the sticktoitiveness needed to become successful.
- Strive to complete your goal
Setting an effective measurable goal is just the first step in the process. Working to complete that goal is where the work is. Completing a goal that you have set for yourself will give you a sense of accomplishment that you cannot find anywhere else. Completing your goal(s) will require discipline, fortitude and sacrifice. When you are working toward your goals you will have to dig down deep to channel the inner you, the you that you will become in the process. While striving, you find pieces of yourself along the way, you will discover something’s that you never even knew about yourself.
- Monitor your time
Monitoring your time might be the most important tip. It is the one that will make or break you in terms of reaching your goals. Every moment not spent of your goals is time wasted (of course I am not talking about the time you spend at work or that quality time spent with your loved ones). One of the most difficult things to accept is that, there is no down time when trying to reach a goal. I had to learn this the hard way. Example, I love watching basketball, but every moment I spend watching basketball was moments that I can never get back. Not to mention, I was watching people who had already accomplished their goals. Eliminate everything that wastes your time, you will need the extra time to win. Remember you were born to win.
- Stay Positive
It is important to stay positive even if you are not seeing the results that you want to see. Staying positive will ensure that you stay on the right track. Chances are you will not see an instant change, change takes time. It is a simple formula change over time equals results. Staying positive is all about perspective, the way in which you see the world. Change begins in the mind, the results are just an outward reward of an inward desire. When things don’t look lit it, feel like it or even sound like it, stay positive and it will change.
- Write it down
Some might this should go first but I made it last on purpose for a purpose. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, did a study on goal-setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. Writing your goals down improve the odds that you will accomplish them. So once you are done reading this, go write your goals down. Done!!! Go!!! Write your goals down!!!