We’re approaching the end of January and if you’re like most people, the freshness and excitement of your new year’s resolutions have probably worn off by now. Only a few weeks ago you were telling yourself this was going to be “your year”, but now your motivation has fallen and you’re settling back into your old ways.
We’re not even 10% into 2014 yet! If you’re serious about sticking with and achieving your goals this year, whether they’re personal or business related, you still can! Here are my 4 tips to help you CRUSH your goals this year and REALLY make 2014 your best year ever!
1. Know Your “Why’s”
Having goals alone isn’t good enough! If you don’t have specific and impactful reasons for you wanting to achieve your goals, you’ll never stick with them!
WHY do you want to lose weight? WHY do you want to quit your job and go full time with your online businesses? Don’t stop at the obvious answers though…keep diving keeper and keeper until you come up with your core reasons you want to achieve each goal.
For example, someone might have a goal that they want to build their online businesses up to at least $4,000/month. Great…why? The obvious answers would be “to quit my job” or “to be financially free”. After you keep diving deeper, a core reason might sound like this:
“I want to build my online businesses up to at least $4,000/month because I want to be able to stop feeling trapped in my job and start living my life to the fullest. I want to be able to provide for my family and not have to constantly worry about our finances. I want to have the free time and extra money that passive income provides to be able to pursue my passions and travel with my family.”
Take some time to figure out what YOUR why’s are and WRITE THEM DOWN. There’s no right or wrong answer – don’t just write something down because someone else said it. Make sure it resonates and is impactful for you. That’s what will keep you motivated throughout the year.
2. Break Up Your Goals
Having to wait a year to succeed is a LONG time. Motivation comes from seeing success though, so if you have to wait a whole year to be successful, it’s natural that your motivation may drain. That’s why it’s important to break your goals into smaller goals.
For example, if you’re goal is to create a blog with an audience of 10,000 readers this year, that’s fantastic! However, that large and vague goal leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated when you’re first starting out. Break that goal down into smaller goals. My suggestion is to make 12 monthly goals, that way you can review your progress at the end of each month!
However, don’t stop after making 12 monthly goals! Keep breaking down your first month’s goal into smaller weekly goals. Finally, break down your first week’s goal until you essentially just created a daily to-do list for yourself that will directly lead you to achieving your yearly goal if you complete it!
3. Review, Review, Review
Most people don’t even both writing their goals down, never mind consistently reviewing them. As a result of living a busy life, these goals eventually get shoved to the back of our minds and end up not achieving them. Don’t let this happen to you!
Write down your goals and make sure to review them at minimum once a week, if not more often. A good idea is to hang them up somewhere where they’ll be in your face every day! Your bathroom mirror, over your computer, or even on the ceiling above your bed are all good locations so that you’re constantly reminded of your goals and motivated by them!
4. Defeat Your Excuses Before They Happen
What is the main killer of goals? Excuses. It’s human nature to try to convince ourselves to take the path of least resistance and do what’s easiest. However, what’s easiest 99% of the time isn’t what’s BEST for us!
In order to combat excuses, we need to kill them before they happen! For example, if your goal is to exercise 5 days per week, you know things are going to come up and you’ll have to work around them. Most people don’t come up with a plan for these excuses though, and end up losing their motivation after their excuses overcome their plans.
Using that same example, let’s make up a few difference scenarios and come up with “If this then that” statements.
“If I wake up late one day and don’t have the time to exercise before work, then I’ll take a 30 minute walk during lunch break.”
“If I get bored of jogging, then I will visit the local fitness club to look into aerobics classes.”
As you can probably tell, there are limitless scenarios that you can come up with “If this then that” statements for. Obviously, you won’t be able to think of EVERY excuse up front, but you can definitely eliminate at least 75% of the most common ones and give yourself the absolute best shot to stick with your goals!
If you’ve continued to make progress with your goals so far this year, congrats! If not, there is NO better time than today to get back “on the horse” and crush your goals this year!
Hopefully these tips will help to keep you motivated throughout the rest of the year and let you experience success!
Do you have any tips or tricks to stay motivated? If so, help out the entire OIT community and post them in the comments section below! I can’t wait to read them!