It is a great time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we want to achieve for the following year. Many people make New Year resolutions but often fail to keep motivated throughout the year, so that they can achieve them.
Setting long term goals has many advantages and can give you a direction on where you see yourself in a few years. It gives you something to work for and achieve, so you can feel good about your accomplishments and achievements. Long term goals are better than short term goals because they help you see the bigger picture of where you want to go. They allow you to anticipate any roadblocks you might have along the way so you are better prepared for them. Long term goals have the capacity to create long term, permanent changes that last over time.
When you’re creating your long term goal, make sure it’s clear. For example, saying “I want to get more sleep” is too vague of a goal. Instead, saying “I want to get eight hours of sleep every night” gives you something specific and measurable to work towards. Also, write down the reasons why you’d like to make this change so that it can help you stay motivated in the long-run. From there, you can break your goal into small chunks and set smaller goals to help you achieve your long term goal. For example, say you currently get six hours of sleep a night— you can then set a goal to get six and a half hours of sleep by March 2014. From there you can set a goal to get seven hours of sleep by June 2014 and so on. This will help your long term goal become more achievable and help create a long term change that benefits you. It also helps you to understand and take your first step to achieving your long term goal.
Once you are working towards your long term goal, keeping yourself motivated is extremely important. Finding effective ways to keep yourself motivated can help you avoid distractions and keep yourself from losing interest in your goal.
The best way to stay motivated is to enjoy the process. Make sure to reward yourself for the small triumphs and give yourself a break if you fail to meet your goals one week. When you meet your goals, share it with your close friends and family members, or post it on Facebook. Keep a positive attitude by reminding yourself what you hope to achieve with this goal and refer back to what you wrote down when you were first creating your goal. You can even watch motivational speeches to keep your spirits high when you’re feeling discouraged or distracted. Another way to keep positive is to keep the string of check marks going on the calendar for the days that you focused and worked towards your goal.
If you can keep motivated, you’ll find yourself achieving your long term goals in no time. Good luck!