How to Stick to Your Goals
We’re already halfway through the year, and it’s usually a time where most of you might even be thinking about the things you have, or haven't, achieved. Generally, sticking to goals can be a challenge so don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t achieve all of them in a certain space of time. It doesn’t mean that you should give up on setting goals altogether, it just means that you need to change your approach to your goals. So before you give up, even on those New Year’s resolutions you made in the beginning of the year, here are a few tips for sticking to your goals Choma.
Focus on the why
Do you remember why you chose that specific goal Choma? One of the most important things to consider when you’re trying to achieve your goal is why you wanted to achieve it in the first place. It can be hard to achieve your goal when you lack motivation or if you lose focus on why you wanted to achieve that goal in the first place. To stay motivated, set meaningful goals for yourself and remind yourself why they are important to you. They don’t have to be huge goals Choma. Goals are actually easier to achieve when you start small. Or you could just break your big goal into smaller goals and focus on those. If it’s worth it Choma, don’t give up on it.
Believe in yourself
One of the biggest obstacles to not achieving your goals is not thinking that you can do it in the first place. If you think you can’t achieve something, it’s quite likely that you won’t end up doing it. If you truly believe that you can, then you will end up focusing all your energy into achieving your goal. Like I said Choma, start with the small goals. The more small goals you achieve, the more encouraged you’ll feel to achieve other, bigger goals. Don’t set unrealistic goals that you can’t achieve. Know yourself, know what you want, understand what goals are important to you and work towards those goals.
Learn from the past
Anything can happen along the way. You might face a challenge that makes it harder to achieve your goal. You might find yourself in a situation that distracts you from your goal. You might have tried to achieve your goal and it just didn’t go according to place. Don’t let these circumstances keep you from trying again. If your goal is something you truly want to achieve, look closely at the reasons you might have failed and learn from those mistakes instead of letting those mistakes keep you down. Failure can teach us what not to do, and how we can make better choices next time.
Achieve them with others
Sometimes the problem with achieving your goal is that you’re trying to achieve all of them alone without the support of those around you. A good idea is to see which goals you can achieve with your friends or a family member and work towards achieving it together. For example, you might decide that you want better marks this year and you might know a friend who wants the same - team up to form a study group and work together. You’ll find that achieving your goals is easier because you have someone who wants what you want, has your back and expects you to also have theirs. There’s power in partnership Choma.
If you do realise that something in the future might hold you back from achieving your goals, try to plan around it. For example, if an event is coming up - or let’s say your friends/family are coming over - and this might interfere with a goal you planned to work, instead of thinking that your opportunity to achieve your goal will be over, reschedule your plans. Also learn how to prioritise. You don’t have to drop everyone and everything to achieve every goal, but know when it is important to prioritise achieving your goal over everything else.
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