How many of you have already given up on what you set to achieve on January 1st?
When looking into why this happens, the answer comes down to how meaningful the resolution or goal is to the individual. People who set objectives and goals that are intrinsically meaningful and motivating to them are much more likely to be successful than those who make resolutions or set objectives based on what others think they should do.
There’s a reason you want to accomplish these things, so respect that desire and do something about it. With the start of the new quarter, it’s a good time for us to reflect, stay focused and rethink new ways to achieve the end result. Here are some tricks that may help:
Visualise your end goal: Think of the objective and visualise yourself actually achieving it. Being able to realistically ‘see’ yourself accomplishing, is massively more powerful than a goal you just write down on a checklist.
Get the opinions of others: Can they visualise you achieving the goal? Making yourself accountable to your friends and family is one of the best ways to reach your goals, and also may generate support.
Break it up: Do not try to run the entire marathon at once, compartmentalise your goal and break it down into smaller, more achievable goals.
Set a date and reminders: Setting a timeline is a great way to make sure you stick to the program. Write it on your calendar, if you have set a deadline, you are much more likely to complete it rather than it reaching next January and finding yourself setting the same goal again.
Recognise both your failures and your successes: Both successes and failures are to be expected along the way. Celebrate both as a step towards the overall end goal.
Continue to assess and reassess your goals: If you find you have overestimated how much you can accomplish within a year, make adjustments to your goals. If you underestimate how much you can accomplish, make further adjustments, make sure you push yourself.
Be realistic, positive, and passionate – shoot for the stars: The higher your aim is, the more you will accomplish!
“Take a chance. All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Dale Carnegie
Isabel Ruiz Halter, International Shopping Centers, Foundation Recruitment