6 Ways to Stay on Track with Your Goals
Staying on track to implement goals is not easy. The reality
Easier said than done, the expression goes. But when it comes to not doing work toward your goals, falling back on this expression can have some serious consequences. Here are a few tips for staying on track.
1: Write it down.
When it comes to keeping appointments and meeting deadlines, most people have to write them down—or else they somehow disappear until after they’ve passed. The same is true with goals. Without visually concretizing your aim in writing, your goal is likely to dissipate into thin air.
2-And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hasteth toward the end, and shall not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.
Anything that is not written down is difficult to follow up
2. Set a schedule
If your goal doesn’t have a due date, then you can always keep putting it off if things get in the way, or even if you just feel lazy.
Put the goal on your calendar.
If it’s something big, don’t try to cram too many other things into the days before your deadline.
One of the classical model of goal setting is SMART… T is for Time bound. Schedule your goals. Allot time to each of your goals be it short and long term goals.
3. Break it down
This is called chunking. Your goal will be easier to accomplish if you break it down into digestible steps.
When architects plan a building, they don’t just put it up in one day: it’s built in parts, from the foundation up.
The same is true with your goal. Break it down into daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly chunks, depending on how far the deadline is.
4. Get Accountable.
Studies have shown that when you have to report to someone else, you’re more likely to stay on track.
Pick an accountability buddy—it could be someone working towards the same goal, like a partner in same business, or perhaps just a friend or family member.
Set up times when you’ll check in and notify them of your progress.
Be accountable by evaluating and measuring your progress. This will help you to identify loopholes and seal it on time
Sometimes you may derail from plan, checking your activities will help you to discover your mistake and get back on track
5. Be Positive
This particular phrase has been used for many years.
Your mindset control your action. Your mindset determine your emotions.
Remember the story of The Little Engine That Could—he was able to climb the hill because he kept on saying “I think I can, I think I can.” You should have the same reaction towards your goals: verbal and mental positivity. Use affirmations, positive thinking, and support from those around you to reach for the clouds.
Emotions drive action…though not all emotion favour us
For instance, if one has strong emotion of love… If he can divert it to his work…he tends to do better than others.
6. Treat Yourself
When you hit a milestone, do something nice for yourself, whether it’s going out to lunch or buying a new cloth. Reward yourself and see yourself being motivated.
Plan a special event or prepare to claim a prize when you reach your goal.
Some organisations are great at leveraging this tactic: when they hit their goal they throw a pizza party.
Why not use the same strategy and celebrate with a nice treat when you reach the end of the road?
When you dressed well in most cases you feel good. You gain confidence. You can enter any gathering without looking back.
What if you buy yourself a new dress. Anytime you put on the cloth… Your subconscious mind reminds you of that happy moment. You will be inspired to even do more to maintain the status quo
There are other things you can do to keep yourself on track to focus on your goals.
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