1. Get Specific
A common mistake people make is setting big, nebulous goals like “I’ll be healthier”. Instead, make your resolution specific, with a tangible, achievable outcome. Rather than saying “I want to save money”, determine how much, exactly, you want to save. What are you saving for, and what will you do once you hit your goal?
2. Write it Down
Write down your goals and outline the small, manageable steps you’ll need to take in order to achieve them. If you set a big goal-say learning a language_ without a step by step plan, it can be overwhelming and trigger frustration or negative thoughts that get in the way of your success. But by planning and accomplishing one small thing at a time, you’ll stay on track, focused, and positive.
3. Make Time
Be sure to set aside ample time for yourself to achieve your goals. If you really want to write that book chapter, you might set aside three regular four hour blocks during the week, and plan one day every month to track your progress. If you want to exercise more, plot out time in your weekly schedule for runs and time at the gym.
4. Move Past Doubt
Keep tabs on how often you “unset” your goals and thoughts. Pay attention to self-sabotaging mind chatter, like “I’m not good enough”. Every though you have is an intention. It’s normal to feel fear, doubt or worry – but to make progress, it’s important to move past those negative feelings.
5. Get a Partner
Having a group, partner, friend or professional to encourage you can be a great way to keep you going. Try finding a friend who has similar resolution, and check in with each other every week to talk about your progress and challenges.
6. Be Still
Your’re more likely to slip on your goals when you’re stressed or overwhelmed, so spend time every day to getting out your thoughts and reconnecting with yourself. Try mediation, yoga, or just going for a walk. The more practice you have being still and calm, the more present you’ll be for each step of achieving your goals.