There is an opportunity that comes with the start of a new year. That was evident when I walked in the gym shortly after the start of the year and it was twice as full as usual. However, just barely over two weeks later and I can already see the crowd thinning out, not losing weight, I mean they are not there. What is the difference between people that have the ability to stick with a goal and see it through and those that find it a challenge to do so? I have found three habits that work well and help me reach what I have set out to do. I have not accomplished everything I set out to do, but I try to give myself every opportunity to succeed. Implementing these three practices gives me that opportunity and I feel it will do the same for you.
- Write your goals down and keep them in a place you will see them on a consistent basis. Old habits die hard and it takes a few weeks for new habits to develop, if your goals are out of sight they will be out of mind.
- Tell somebody your goal and ask them to keep you accountable. This person should share your passion to see you succeed. Maybe they have already accomplished what you are setting out to do or they share the same goal as you do. That is why success coaches exist, gyms have trainers, and teams have captains. They help you do the little things and keep you accountable. It is tough to feel we have disappointed another person and when we have an accountability partner we are much more likely to follow through on a commitment rather than fall back on old habits.
- If you are going to climb a mountain at some point you reach the halfway point. What I mean is have some incremental points in your quest to reach your goal where it is evident you are making progress. If your goal is to run a marathon, then celebrate mileage points of 13.1, 16, and 20 miles. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds then celebrate losing 10 and 15 pounds when that happens. If you goal is business oriented then celebrate incremental success in sales, revenue, controlling expenses, or whatever it might be. Reaching your goal is the ultimate success, don’t let that be your only success. Celebrating incremental success helps build momentum and breaks your goal down into more manageable pieces.
Reaching a goal is a great thing as it is the realization of a dream, so surround yourself with individuals who will encourage you and not be threatened by your ambitions. It is never too late to start or restart your drive to reach your goals. Best of luck to you and I’ll see you at the top.