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Simple ways to stick to your goals

Are you having trouble committing to a goal? Avoiding the gym or skipping on your diet plan? Why is that even with the best of intentions it’s so easy to fall off the wagon? Here we’ll share some small changes that you can make that will help you clarify your goals, focus your efforts and increase your chances of achieving your goals.

1 – Be accountable
The number one way to achieve your targets is to make yourself accountable. Let’s say your goal is to read more books? You can do that by joining or starting a book club with your friends. If you want to cook healthy food, then plan out your meals for the week and buy the ingredients – that way you’ve committed with your wallet. If you’re committed to creating a new physique then start a WhatsApp group with your friends, share workout videos and compare your progress photos – a little peer encouragement can go a long way.

2 – Know what you’re working towards
If a goal is too big then it can feel overwhelming. Be specific with your goals. Why do you want it? What will it look like? Who will be involved? Where will it take you? Asking these types of goals can help you to nail down exactly what it is you want. Now visualize this everyday and embrace the law of attraction.

3 – SMART goals
SMART is a method of goal setting created by John Nocross, a psychology professor at Scranton University. It is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-specific. Learn about how it can add structure to your goal setting here.

4 – The Law of Averages
The Law of Averages says that “the result of any situation will be the average of all outcomes”. How does this apply to goal setting? Well one observation regarding the Law of Averages is that if the theory is true then the people we surround ourselves with on a day-to-day basis could have a big impact on our personalities. Are the people you surround yourself with dedicated? Ambitious? Or are they negative and lazy? Click here for further reading.

5 – Review your progress
One of the biggest problems people have with their progress is that they never stop to take stock of how far they’ve come. If you’re constantly focused on the things you don’t have and the mountains you haven’t yet scaled then it can be easy to become deflated. Try keeping a journal, taking photographs or making notes on your computer of important dates so that you can look back and observe the success you’ve quietly had along the way.

Have any of these approaches worked for you? Let us know by connecting on social media at @TimeForYouGroup.

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