Reach the Goal, Stop Adding it to Next Year
Inspiration comes in all forms. How often do we achieve a huge goal like getting a promotion, an MBA, running a marathon, or traveling to a bucket list location only to find ourselves without future goals? So what happens? Absolutely nothing! People simply get stuck where they are, get comfortable, stop dreaming and never take another vacation!
Did you know that 92% of people who set New Year’s goals give up? Well...It's February are you still on track? Other studies have proven that most people give up on goals who don’t actually write them out. But by writing your goals out, you’re also bringing them to the forefront of your mind. I personally also make a dream board so I can see it every day.
After analyzing what has worked for me and behavior of some of the most successful individuals in the world, here are 3 steps for staying committed to anything.
#1 — Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals
The problem that occurs during the loss of commitment to our goals and dreams is staying focused or getting "Too Busy." There are so many distractions in life, our families, social media, watching TV or just to be very blunt, lazy. It can’t just be done in mind and kept in the abstract. It needs to be real and written out on paper in front of you.
1) Specific: Have a specific goal in mind.
2) Measurable: Make sure you can work towards achieving that goal.
3) Attainable: The goal needs to be something you have the power to do.
4) Realistic: Ask yourself if it is really possible to achieve your goal.
5) Timely: (I believe this is the most important) Set a time limit as to when you want to achieve the goal and find a way to be held accountable to it.
6) Exciting: A goal should be exciting and boost your spirits.
7) Reach: A really good goal should make you stretch your abilities, even scare you a bit and take you out of your comfort zone.
#2 — Create a Massive Action Plan
It’s not just about setting SMARTER goals to stay committed to things, you also have to create a massive action plan. This includes the general steps that you’re going to take to go from Point A to Point B. Whether you want to lose weight, earn more money, start a business, or stay committed to just about any other goal, you need a massive action plan to take action!
#3 — Effectively Manage Your Time
The third “simple” step to staying committed to things is to manage your time effectively. One thing that I always say is that time is the greatest equalizer. No one has more time than the next person. It doesn’t matter who they are, they still only get 24 hours a day. It is how you use that 24 that will determine if you reach those goals or add it to the next year's "hopefuls."
Active Navy Officer who is on a mission to bring hope, the promise of a better life through wellness and opportunity. Helping veterans and entrepreneurs achieve a glass half full and their dreams. Motto is #neversettle. I will never settle for things that matter, family, friends and good health.