We are officially in Spring!Even though the weather here hasn’t quite been cooperating… April is two months before summer and 3 months after New Year’s and because of that, it can be a hard time to stay on track with our goals. In part, because summer is close, yet not quite in the foreseeable future and also because we’ve gotten busy! When we first set goals we make it our priority, but then over time, other life demands get in the way and our New Year’s resolutions or new goals get tossed to the side. So how do people stay focused for long periods of time? Some goals may take up to a year, if not longer to achieve, so how do we stay on track for 12 months+ especially when things get stressful or busy? Read more to find out!
- We’ve already covered this several times, but it needs to be said again and again: HAVE A GOAL(S)!!!! Whether it’s work, family, fitness, health, diet, etc. whatever you’re grinding for, your time, energy, focus and motivation will be much more in tack if you have a goal you’re working toward. You don’t need just one goal either, have goals for every aspect of your life, short-term and long-term. This way there’s always something to aim for and a reminder as to why you’re putting in the crazy amount of time, effort, money, into your job, project, fitness, house, children and more!
- Re-evaluate your goals weekly, if not, daily – Re-evaluation is crucial when setting goals. This doesn’t mean that you automatically change your goals every time something goes wrong or you fail, it simply means to take a step back and look at things through a different lens or perspective. This means, research, talk with a trusted mentor/coach/colleague/teammate and bounce some ideas of them. AFTER you evaluate/review is when you can decide IF you need to change course or if you can stick it out. Nothing happens right away and nothing happens without consistent effort so be patient and trust the process.
- Focus on the BIG picture – this ties into your goals, but is also a different view point. Make your goal more than something superficial or shallow. Make your goal(s) something that has meaning, passion, and value to it. Sure, you want to workout to “get in shape,” but you can make it bigger and more meaningful than that. Work out to “play with your grandchildren and see your great grandchildren born” or “to be able to retire early and travel the world with loved ones.” Whatever your desires are, make it so those are embedded into your short-term and long-term goals to increase personal buy-in and motivation.
For more on staying motivated, check out this article. Thanks for reading 🙂