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The beginning of a new year inevitably fosters goal-setting. But as the novelty fades and we find the path to achieving our goals to be more difficult to traverse than we had expected, the goals we set are less likely to be met. This is because simply meditating on the benefits of goal attainment is not solely responsible for fueling our desire to see them through. So what can motivate us to successfully attain our goals? 

1.Evaluate the past before tackling the future. 

First, think about goals that you set for yourself during the previous year. Ask yourself:

  • What goals did I set?
  • Why did I set them? 
  • Which goals did I achieve? Which ones did I not achieve? Why? 

Meditating on your weaknesses over the past year can help you determine what you can do differently in the coming year. Furthermore, reflecting on your strengths can spur your desire to succeed just as much, if not more, in realizing your new goals.

The beginning of a new year inevitably fosters goal-setting. But as the novelty fades and we find the path to achieving our goals to be more difficult to traverse than we had expected, the goals we set are less likely to be met. This is because simply meditating on the benefits of goal attainment is not solely responsible for fueling our desire to see them through. So what can motivate us to successfully attain our goals? 

2.Take a comprehensive look at your life.

Instead of making one long list of random goals, first divide your life into several categories. These can be as general as physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, and social or as specific as family, education, career, behavior, etc. Once you have identified the categories that are most important to you, create specific goals within each category. Associating goals with aspects of your life that are special to you adds value to the goals and can thus motivate you to see them through to completion. 

3.Set more achievable goals for more rewards. 

On your way to achieving one big goal, set small milestones for yourself and attach rewards to them. The possibility of receiving a reward stimulates progression and each little step then inches you closer to your destination. 

4.Write it all down.

This act of writing transforms goals from secret wishes to real commitments. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, conducted a study on goal achievement and found that “more than 70 percent of the participants who sent weekly updates to a friend reported successful goal achievement (completely accomplished their goal or were more than half way there), compared to 35 percent of those who kept their goals to themselves, without writing them down.” So grab a pen and start writing! 

Whether you’ve specified your goals for this year or not, it’s always helpful to seek professional advice. So no matter if you’re a new or returning client, contact us if you’d like to schedule a goal-setting session for this year!