If you’re feeling as though you’re not reaching your goals, you’re not alone. When it comes to staying on course, people often slip off track. In fact, less than half of people who make New Year resolutions actually keep them according to research from the University of Scranton. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to help achieve your goals, such as the following ten tips on how to stay on course until you achieve your goals.
1) Define your goals
Your goals are what you work towards every day. But sometimes it can be hard to stay focused, especially if you don’t know what your end goal is. Here are 10 tips that will help you stay on course until you achieve your goals:
1) Create a plan that includes short-term, medium-term and long-term goals.
2) Be realistic with the time frame for achieving your goals.
3) Set specific deadlines for tasks or actions related to your goal achievement.
2) Set realistic deadlines
Set a deadline for your goals, even if it’s just a rough estimate of when you think you’ll finish. Setting deadlines will help you stay focused on achieving your goals and will stop you from putting things off indefinitely. 2. Take small steps that lead towards your goal so that each step seems achievable. 3. Break the process into manageable chunks. This will make it easier for you to see how much progress you’re making as well as giving yourself mini-goals that are easy to attain along the way. 4. Give yourself credit for any progress made, no matter how small, because it’s important not to be discouraged by setbacks or mistakes along the way – they are all part of the process of achieving a goal over time!
3) Create a step-by-step plan
Achieving your goals can be tough when you’re faced with self-doubt, setbacks, or other obstacles. But it’s important not to give up! These 10 tips can help you stay on course and achieve your goals:
- Ask for help. Even if you try really hard, sometimes you can’t do everything yourself. If that’s the case, ask for help from people who are better suited for the task at hand. 2. Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well and getting enough sleep so that you’ll have the energy to tackle whatever life throws at you next (and so that your body can maintain a healthy weight). 3. Figure out what gets in the way. What is preventing you from making progress? Is it an excuse like I don’t know how or I’m too tired? What is one small thing you could do right now to start moving in the right direction? 4. Don’t waste time trying to please everyone else. There will always be someone who doesn’t agree with what you’re doing, but as long as your conscience is clear then there’s no reason to change your plans just because someone doesn’t like them! 5. Focus on progress rather than perfection. Trying too hard can make any task seem daunting, even impossible–especially if we set our own impossibly high standards for success and perfectionism.
4) Set reminders
One of the best ways to stay on course is by finding a partner who will help you work towards your goals. A good accountability partner can be a friend, or even someone you don’t know. The key is that they need to be invested in your success, which means they will keep checking in with you and encouraging you when you’re struggling. Plus, if one person isn’t enough, find more people who are committed to helping you succeed!
5) Get an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner can help you stay on course when you are feeling discouraged. Find someone who has a similar goal, or is in the same boat as you, and find ways to keep each other accountable. For example, commit to sending one email per week with updates about what you have been doing. This will encourage each other to keep going even if it’s hard sometimes.
6) Take breaks
It’s easy to become discouraged when things don’t go your way or when you’re faced with a difficult decision. It is important, however, that you maintain a positive attitude as it will help you reach your goals. If you are having difficulty staying positive, try these tips: Give yourself the credit for all of the work that you have done so far. Remember that all good things take time; do not get discouraged if it takes longer than expected to achieve your goal. Focus on the rewards of reaching your goal instead of focusing on the work needed in order to get there. Remember why you started and what made this goal meaningful for you in the first place.
7) Celebrate progress
Know the difference between a goal and a dream
Create an achievable plan for your goals
Learn from your successes, not just your failures
Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t
Focus on the good that’s happening in your life now
Simplify your life by eliminating anything that doesn’t make you happy or bring you joy
8) Keep a positive attitude
1) Never give up.
2) Keep your focus narrow.
3) Remain self-motivated. 4) Believe in yourself.
5) Prepare for adversity, it will come eventually.
6) Take care of your health so you can keep going when things get tough.
7) Get the help that you need from others.
9) Stay flexible
- Keep your goal in mind at all times.
- Allow yourself to take a break if you need one but don’t lose sight of what you’re trying to accomplish.
- Don’t get discouraged by setbacks, they are inevitable and can happen for a number of reasons–remember that it’s not a sign of failure just because things didn’t work out the way you had planned them.
- Set smaller goals as well as long-term ones; this will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed or discouraged when things go wrong or don’t work out the way you wanted them to.
10) Never give up
It can be difficult to keep going. And it’s easy to give up when the next challenge appears. But don’t do it! Just because you failed this time doesn’t mean your goals are over, it just means you need a new plan. Next time you find yourself struggling, make a list of what’s holding you back and brainstorm ways around those obstacles. Once you’ve found some solutions, try them out one by one until something works for you. It may take a while but eventually, if you stay determined enough, things will turn around.