Quitters day

According to a study by Strava, the second Friday in January is the day that many quit their new year’s resolutions.

How are you progressing with your 2019 goals?

This week’s article provides advice if you’re struggling, you’ve quit, you’re procrastinating or you’re going strong.

If you’re struggling…

Revisit your vision

One of the main reasons that people give up on their goals is because they aren’t passionate about them.  When you think about your goal, it should feel exciting, inspiring and motivating.

Take some time today to think about why your goal is important to you.  Look back at your vision – or spend some time creating this if you haven’t already.  This should help to bring focus, clarity and motivation. 

If your vision doesn’t inspire and motivate you, it may be worth rethinking your goal. 

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”

– Hermann Hesse

Are your goals realistic?

Often when we make resolutions, we want big results fast. This can be unrealistic. When we don’t see the results we want, we become demotivated and give up.

Remember, resolutions are like any other goals – to ensure they are realistic, make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely). You can find out more about setting SMART goals in our Setting Goals article.

Accountability / support

Having an effective accountability network can increase your chance of success to up to 95%.  That’s huge.  Do you have the support that you need to work towards your goals?

This may not come from your existing social circle.  If you’re pursuing a new interest or developing a new behaviour, you might expand your social circle with new people who share those interests or behaviours.

Don’t forget to check the GoalGetters community as one place to find those connections.

If you’ve quit….

Review

What went wrong, and what can you do differently next time to avoid this?
What went well, and how can you build upon this?
Who can you ask for support?

Take some time to think about these questions (and any others that might help make your next plan stronger), and make sure you incorporate any insights into your next plan.

The GoalGetting workbook has templates for regular review – download the e-copy today for just $10 NZD.

Check each step of the GoalGetters process

Did you cover each step of the GoalGetters process?  Every step is shown to increase your chance of success.  Check each step below.

Choose one goal to focus on
Make it SMART
Be clear why you’re doing it
Break it down into small steps
Schedule them in
Find an accountability / support network
Review review review!
Celebrate

Check out the advice above for those who are struggling, to help make your next plan stronger.

If you’re procrastinating…

If not now, when?

Sometimes, it really isn’t the right time to work on your goal.  So how can you tell the difference between procrastination, and waiting for the right time? 

For me, I asked myself ‘If not now, when?’.  If I couldn’t think of a time that would be more suitable, I was procrastinating! 

Break it down and make it happen!

Sometimes we procrastinate because our goal seems so big and overwhelming that we don’t know where to start.  Take some time to break it down into small steps. 

Once you’ve broken your goal down into a manageable plan, schedule it into your calendar and treat it as an appointment that you need to show up for.

Breaking your goals down helps you to see how they are achievable and increases your motivation.  Scheduling them into your calendar gives them importance and helps to ensure they don’t get forgotten – and it can also highlight if your expectations are unrealistic!  (It’s easy to get carried away when you’re passionate about your goals).

For more information and handy templates to help break down your goals and make them happen, check out the GoalGetting workbook.

If you’re going strong…

Celebrate

This step is often overlooked, but celebrating success will help to improve your motivation towards your goals.  It also improves your confidence, as you start to see yourself as successful.

Share / advise

Share your story with others – you might be just the inspiration that someone needs to support their goalgetting journey.  Or you may be able to share valuable advice to help with their plan.

Come and share your story with the GoalGetters community!

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