I know that a lot of you will have set goals of some sort for the start of the new calendar year. Some of you may well have used my own “Great Goal Setting” process to do this. Whatever methodology you have used it is clear that setting goals is actually the easy bit. The difficult bit is sticking to the processes which will deliver those goals.
Here are four tips to help you get into the habit of doing what needs to be done. You will find that once you make a start and build some momentum, things get easier. You start to form new habits, helpful habits, and useful habits which relentlessly move you little by little towards the achievements of your goals.
1. Share your goal. Sharing your goal will help you to be even more accountable. If you share with a trusted friend they can add to your own resolve when they helpfully ask you if you have done what you committed to do.
2. Make it a game, make it fun. We do things that we enjoy, see if you can have a competition with someone even if that someone is yourself. Two friends committed to go to the gym twice a week. The consequence of not going, of not keeping their commitment to themselves and to each other was a fine. It may be a £5 donation to the other person, or to a local charity or having to take a 30 second cold shower. Whatever it was, it was fun and served to strengthen their resolve.
3. Measure your progress every day. You cannot manage what you can’t measure. The act of measuring will cause you to focus even more on the processes towards your goals. It will turbocharge the effort.
4. Make the results visual. Things that are visual are very effective (think road signs, TV adverts, billboards) so find a way to make your progress visual with a chart, a graph, whatever works for you. Put it somewhere you will see it every day.
It takes repetition to form new habits. In the age of the internet I have found a really useful and free resource at www.habitforge.com which will help you get the momentum we all need through repetition and reminders of any new habits we are trying to form.
Remember be the best you can be always.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable” Coach John Wooden