We always hear that it’s never too late to begin a goal. You start with setting goals that you hope to level up in some way. We churn out #relationshipgoals #lifegoals #goals #goalsaf. However, hiccups come in more often feeling like failure and can demotivate us as we try to accomplish these long-term goals.
I still find it tough to go on when I break a good streak. Don’t you ever feel that way when you go to the gym on a weekly basis and then you don’t go for one week? Then two weeks? Then you’d lose count? Same goes with diet goals, writing, drawing, etc. So how do we actually stay on track in pursuing our goals? It’s not too late to pick up and move forward with our goals in life. These setbacks can be perceived as a lesson in disguise.
Here are 5 tips to help you stay motivated and be accountable for your goals (in no order of importance).
1. Know why you want to reach this goal.
Sometimes we know what we want to do, but we don’t know why we want to do it. What’s the motive behind your goal? What happens after you achieve this goal? For me, I want to do the #52HikeChallenge to become a stronger backpacker, explore new places, and to prepare for challenging summits. However, the deeper motive for doing this is to strengthen myself in physical, mental, and emotional areas. Extra step: Tell at least one person (someone who won’t judge you) about your goal and the reason why you want to attain it.
2. Pause. Take a breather.
In order to not completely feel burnt out, give yourself an exact amount of minutes, hours, or days to relax and reconvene. You can try meditating or taking a 10-minute walk outside. Even if your goal is a physical activity, you still use your brain. According to this Entrepreneur article, when we stay focused for too long, we run out of mental juice. This one can be tricky at times because it can seductively pull you in a lazy state. That’s why it’s important to give yourself an exact time to rest or at least a reminder of when to start again.
3. Map out small goals that lead you to your bigger goal.
Picture playing a fighting game. One goal is probably the big boss. The small goals are its minions. Sometimes you have to defeat the minions first to get to the big boss. I’m a visual person, so I like to write or map out my goal. My goal for 2017 is to complete the 52 Hike Challenge because I want to be physically and mentally stronger. The big boss is the hike challenge and the ultimate boss is about being healthier. This year I want to focus on the big boss (the hike challenge), so I’m training myself by defeating its underlings like hiking once a week. I mapped mine below.
4. Learn from your failures. Then carry on.
Everybody makes mistakes. I do it. Adam and Cathy do too. The brands we work with say so in their interviews as well. People who reach their goals make mistakes on their way there. Maybe some have failed and had to go on a different path. What all of them may have in common is that they use failure or mistakes as a lesson, a catalyst to move forward. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Sometimes it takes time to recover from this; you don’t have to spring into action right away. However, you have permission to try again. Check-in with yourself to see what internal and external factors keep you from attaining your goals. Then see if you’re the one holding yourself back, not those other factors. Let’s be real, it can be a mix of those things. Can you still push forward?
5. Track your small wins.
Grab a notebook. Create a vlog. Make a spreadsheet. Draw. Whatever it is, tracking your progress helps. Take five minutes each day to track and reflect on what you accomplished, found challenging, or even if nothing stood out. I have a to-do list, but I tend to reflect on what I did that day. You can be deep about it or you can use it to record simple notes. This one can be difficult especially when five minutes can feel like a big chunk of your time. However, there have been studies that show that tracking your progress and small wins on a regular basis can help you become more productive. Watch the video below (or you can listen) about this talk by Professor Teresa Amabile, the Director of Research at Harvard Business School, who shares with us how valuable this can be.
Those are just a few ways to get started. There are many other ways to stay motivated and accountable on your goals. It’s still January, but even if it wasn’t, you still have time. We’re cheering you on! Can you cheer us on too? Check out the Craftly Team’s personal goals below.
How do you want to level up in 2017?
CRAFTLY TEAM – goals of 2017