Most people start pursuing their goals with great passion and excitement. However over time, they lose momentum and eventually burn out. If you can relate to this, below are 4 strategies to help you get back on track:
If you’ve lost momentum towards your goals, the first thing to do is confirm your commitment. A lot of our goals tend to be “should’s” rather than deep “want to’s.” However, without a burning desire to achieve a goal, your motivation disappears quickly, and your subconscious mind turns its attention to more exciting ideas.
Review your goals, and for each one, ask, “What is my why? Why do I want to achieve this? Am I committed enough to my why to do whatever it takes to achieve this goal?” By identifying or even upgrading your “why,” you can tap into greater motivation and commitment to achieve your goal.
Once you’ve confirmed that your goals are things you truly want to achieve, the next thing to do is to create an action plan. For each goal break it down. Get clear on what would really be required to achieve each goal. Realistically assess how many hours it would take each week or day to achieve the goal.
Then, start scheduling all of the activities that are required to achieve your various goals. Once you start scheduling key activities into your calendar, you may realise that there’s not enough time in your schedule to accomplish everything you want to do. If this is the case, go back and prioritise your goals. Which goals matter the most to you? Do any of your goals need to achieved before you can start working on another goal?
When you’re clear about which goals you’ll work on, you can increase your commitment by publicly declaring your intentions. Share your goals with the people in your life – the more, the better. You’ll be more likely to take action toward achieving your goals when the alternative is losing face with people about whom you care. If the threat of public humiliation isn’t enough, you also can incorporate a negative consequence. Find something that will be painful for you to do, and publicly commit to carrying it out if you don’t achieve your goal.
If you find it easy to let yourself off the hook and come up with excuses as to why you are missing targets an accountability partner will be a huge benefit to you. Accountability partnerships work as follows: Each morning, you hold a 5-minute phone call during which you each share what you’re committing to do that day. The next morning, you report on your progress from the previous day and share what you’ll accomplish in the coming 24-hour period. Knowing that your partner will be asking you whether you upheld your commitments the day before can be a powerful motivator for getting tasks completed.
It’s normal to veer off course when pursuing goals. Sometimes this happens because you are not truly committed to your goals. Other times, it’s because you struggle to hold yourself accountable for doing the necessary work. Use the tips above to get yourself back on track in making steady progress in turning your goals into a reality.