In an earlier post, I gave you three ways to kick start your goals for 2015. You need to establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound) goals. Write down your goals in long-hand at least once a day, and turn your written goals into positive affirmations that you recite at least twice a day. Hopefully, these three things have become a habit for you. Here are three more tips to help you.
- Set up interim rewards and reward progress. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds in 2015, you should reward yourself when you’ve lost 10 pounds and when you’ve lost 20 pounds. If your goal is to start saving $50 per payday, reward yourself when you’ve consistently been saving $10 because that’s progress. Don’t derail your goals with your rewards. For instance, if your goal is to save money, don’t reward yourself with an unbudgeted shopping spree!
- Broadcast your goals. Tell your social media contacts, your family, friends and coworkers what you want to accomplish. Ask them to check in with you. If your goal is to take two classes towards a degree, knowing that your friends and family are going to ask you about it, should help you to take the steps necessary to reach your goal.
- Prepare for setbacks. Family emergencies happen. Cars break down. Consider the things that could derail your progress and plan accordingly. For instance, if your goal is to save $50 per payday, but you have to replace the engine in your car, simply adjust your goal. Maybe you’ll have to settle for saving $25 a payday until you’ve taken care of your car repair bill. The most powerful weapon in your goal attainment arsenal is your brain. Take time to sit and think through the inevitable challenges and find a solution.
Bonus: Give yourself grace. You will make mistakes. You will have days when you don’t work towards your goals. Forgive yourself and get going the next day. If you spend days or weeks off course, you’ll lose momentum. You can begin again every single day.
I hope these tips help you to reach your goals in 2015. Let me know how you’re doing and what challenges you’re having.