How many times have you made a New Years resolution and actually stuck with it throughout the whole year? Probably not a lot. But, that is okay. I am guilty of it as well, making resolutions like “I’m going to get fit this year” “I’m going to stop cursing” “I’m going to stop procrastinating” and the list goes on and on. I think sometimes we can get so consumed with setting a goal and not actually mapping out how we are going to achieve it, and what we must do in order to avoid distractions along the way. The issue is not setting a goal but the fault is that we lose motivation in reaching success. No matter what comes our way, we must have motivation and perseverance. Motivation is your intent, purpose, or drive in acting or behaving a certain way in order to reach a goal. Perseverance is the determination to keep going in reaching your goals no matter what comes your way. Some ways to stick with your original plan and not lose motivation include but are not limited to:
Make a schedule. Usually when you write things down and make a checklist, you tend to focus on those things more than if it was just in your head. And as you reach those goals, check them off. This way you will see what you have accomplished and this will also motivate you further to keep going by looking at what you have actually accomplished.
Remind yourself of why you want to complete this goal and go for it! Put steps into place in order to reach your goal.
Imagine how happy and joyous you would be if you were to reach your goal tomorrow. Think of this everyday and push yourself forward.
Have an accountability partner. When you find someone you can trust to keep you on track, or someone that you can achieve that goal with, there is a higher chance that you will reach that goal
Find joy in the trials and tribulations you may face along the way. Always look at the glass as half-full not half-empty. Remind yourself that there would not be true victories without obstacles in the road.
Have the right, persistent mindset
Take small steps, reward yourself with each progress step that you take. Never force too much at once because you will probably burn yourself out.
Practice some relaxation tips and destress methods for bed (taking deep breaths, stretching, exercising, etc).