How can you become one of those elite few who actually achieve their goals? Remember that burst of motivation you felt on January 1st? Did you still have that same rush of excitement and sense of determination by the end of January? Or did it quickly fade as you settled back into your same old habits? If you want to set yourself up for the best chance of success, start with these smart steps on how to keep your New Year’s Resolution mindset all year long.
Redefine what you consider a fresh start
Nobody says that the new year is the only clean slate you can get. New beginnings are constantly happening, and every day is a new chance for you to reflect and improve. When you start a brand new workday, for example, take a quick pause to evaluate your wins from the previous day, and what you want to be better at this time around. Whether it’s something simple like wasting less time watching TV or something bigger like speaking with more confidence in your team meetings, taking those small opportunities to identify ways you can be even just a little bit better will fuel your desire to continue improving.
Constantly tracking your progress
For many, the new year inspires a solid dose of self-reflection. We dedicate time and energy to figuring out what we want to do next. This is something that you can – and should be doing on a much more regular basis. “If you can measure it, you can change it” is a fundamental principal of psychology. Tracking your progress will be a source of motivation to achieve your goals as you reflect on where you started and where you are. Tracking your progress will also help you to know when you are hitting a plateau or slipping backwards, so you can adjust your efforts.
Talk about it
You’re more likely to achieve your goals if you make them public. Sharing your goals holds you accountable, so it’s harder to back out. While sharing your goals with your journal and bathroom mirror help, too, they don’t count as “other people.” Tell someone about your goals, and check in with them on the regular to chat about it and make sure you’re on track. Sharing your goals not only monitors progress on your existing goals, but challenges you to set new ones from time to time. You’ll likely be surprised by the fire it lights under you.
Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” Don’t turn temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake and recommit to the path towards the goal.
Remember, achieving your goals is about developing the right skills, executing strategies, and having the patience that inevitably leads to success. If one of your goals is landing your dream job, make sure you click through to our job section.