How to Set Goals that you will Keep


1. Don’t set too many

We can easily get carried away with all our good intentions at the beginning of a new year and vow to change a whole heap of things about ourselves. However, when you give yourself too many new changes to take on, you are more likely to fail on most of them. Start with just two of three goals that you would like to achieve and work out a tangible way of reaching them.

2. Be specific

It’s easy to say I want to lose weight, I want to be rich, I want to travel more. But how exactly are you going to lose weight and in what time frame? What steps are you going to make towards making money? Where do you want to travel to and when do you want to go? Break your goals down and ask yourself questions about how they can be achieved. By being more specific you are more likely to succeed as you have a clearer idea of what it is you want yourself.

3. Be realistic

I want to lose two stone in a month is a rather unrealistic goal to set yourself and to achieve it you would pretty much have to starve yourself! So, you guessed it, you are unlikely to succeed. Asking yourself how long has it taken for you to gain the weight you want to lose, is a good starting point as it will probably take you the same amount of time to lose it. If your goals are too unrealistic then again, you will be back at the starting block pretty quickly!

4. Start by making small changes

Sometimes the size of our goal seems so mammoth and so far out of reach, that you give up at the sheer thought of how long you have to go. But if you start by setting small goal posts to reach and just look towards that first hurdle, then reaching that point will seem a lot more manageable.

5. Keep motivated

Losing motivating is a common factor as to why people give up on their goals. To keep yourself on track, look for motivation in others: surround yourself with like minded people who you aspire to and have similar aspirations, check out your idols on social media for daily motivating and most of all keep reminding yourself with positive affirmations of what you want to achieve and why you are doing what you are doing.