I recently read an article that stated 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% actually reach their goals. 8%! That number just sounds so low…
How about you, did you make any new goals or resolutions for this year?
If you’re among the 92% that might need a bit of help or encouragement to keep on track, I’ve got five great 5 Tips for Staying Motivated to Reach Your Goals, plus a free weekly and monthly goal planner printable!
We all choose our goals for different reasons. Maybe you want to get healthier, lose weight, spend more time with family, find a new career, or just make more money.
No matter what your goals may be, the path to reaching those goals is very similar! Here are a few tips to help keep you motivated and on track to be successful in reaching your goals:
5 Tips for Staying Motivated to Reach Your Goals
1. Write down your goals and commit.
Naming a specific goal you want to be able to achieve (like getting an additional certification or a degree in your field) will make it easier stay motivated, rather than aiming for an abstract goal like “make more money.”
Often, just talking to others about your goals will make you feel more excited and committed to achieving what you set out to do!
2. Break goals into smaller tasks and set up a plan or schedule.
What are your goals? Where would you like to be in the next 12 months? Break down the year into months and create action steps fro each week. Then to keep from getting discouraged or overwhelmed, focus on the immediate tasks. Accomplish your task for today and look at only the week ahead of you. We will often feel overwhelmed at the beginning when we see we are at step1 and sill have 500 steps to go!
3. Get organized and keep your goals in front of you.
A goal setting worksheet or notebook is a smart way to keep your goals in front of you. Start with making a daily/weekly/monthly to-do list. Getting in the habit of creating to-do lists is an effective way to stay motivated towards achieving your goals. Personally, I love to-do lists and goal worksheets. So often, we get distracted and forget about what we’re working towards. To help with this, I use fun and colorful lists that I keep on my desk and magnet board above my computer. Place your goal sheets in front of you, whenever you can!
Do you need a great printable to-do list? I’ve made one for myself that I love to use and have uploaded it to this post as a free printable for anyone who wants to use it. I use both a weekly and monthly sheet to track my progress. I have created two versions for you to download. (One uses a bit less ink than the other.)
Download the goal sheets here ==> Daily/monthly goals ink friendly/full color.
4. Remind yourself why you set the goal.
Schedule a weekly check-in with yourself. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not. If a particular task is not working, ask yourself, “Is this task necessary to my goal?”
Are you having a bad or unsuccessful week? Take a few moments to remind yourself why you set these goals in the first place. Remembering the reasons why you want to achieve your goals can be a great motivator.
5. Reward yourself.
Celebrate your milestones. We all know, meeting milestones and benchmarks is no easy task. Rewards can be a powerful tool in motivating yourself to keep going. Choose appropriate benchmarks and reward levels for your particular goal. Be sure to take a moment to reward yourself for every success, even the small ones.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a big goal in sight or do you have any tips on staying motivated to share? Sound off in the comment below!
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.