In the grand scheme of things, 365 days is not a long time. If you want to truly get better in 2022, you have to use every day to its full potential.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind to stick to your year-long goals:
Know the goal
This seems obvious, but you have to know what you want. You have to know every little detail. If you don’t, you’re going to find yourself lost more often than not.
Be specific about what your yearly goals are. Don’t make it something like “I want to lose weight,” make it something like “I want to lose 30 pounds.” Have a date you want to complete it by.
Break it down
Losing 30 pounds is daunting that will take a lot of time, energy, and effort. Goals like that will not happen overnight. That’s why they’re yearly goals.
Instead of thinking about the 30, break it down by month. If you lose 2.5 pounds per month, you will hit 30 pounds of weight loss by December. 2.5 pounds is much easier to grasp than 30. Break that down by week. That’s less than a pound per week, and you can definitely do that!
Do this with all of your goals, whether it’s personal, professional, or anything else. Make your yearly goals lofty ones. Even if you don’t reach them, the progress will be massive.
Over the course of an entire year, there will be ups and downs. You will experience periods of excitement, motivation, and passion that make it easy to put the work in.
However, you’re also going to fall into some motivation pits. These are times where you feel bored, complacent, and unmotivated. These are the times you need to be able to motivate yourself.
Figure out what drives you and emphasize it during the down moments. You’ll find yourself more able to push yourself when you really don’t want to.
Change things up
Doing something for an entire year can get pretty boring. Doing the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month, is a recipe for burnout.
When you feel yourself starting to plateau, change something up. Add in a challenge every day or week. Keep your target moving consistently and constantly. Your mind craves challenges.
Enjoy the struggle
When you find yourself struggling, you have to figure out a way to enjoy it. It’s hard to explain, but when you are tired, beaten up, and ready to throw in the towel, remember why you’re doing it.
You are working hard. You are experiencing good adversity that will make you better at the end of the year. You’re learning and becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.
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