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The simple secrets of setting goals and actually sticking to them

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The simple secrets of setting goals and actually sticking to them
Why is it that we start the year filled with renewed drive and motivation only to find ourselves drifting aimlessly through life a few months later? It's easy to make plans for the future and how we're going to change our life for the better - it's much more difficult to build new habits and ove...

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Destination Goals

Destination Goals

While we set our personal goals, we make the common mistake of setting a 'destination goal', focusing on the end result,  without considering the hardships and daily challenges.

When a few hindrances and setbacks come, we are easily abandoning the set goals too.

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Life Direction

Life Direction

Instead of sticking to dream goals it is better to set a life Direction.

How to figure out a Life Direction? Ask yourself these fundamental questions:

  • What energizes me?
  • What do I look forward to?
  • When do I feel the happiest?
  • What do I want to learn?
  • What kind of places or people inspire me to strive for more?

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Action Plan

Action Plan

Determine and plan in advance all the critical parts of your goal, and break it down in small, actionable tasks.

The small, divided tasks keep you motivated by providing a feeling of progress on a daily basis.

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Constant Review

Constant Review

Keep assessing and reviewing your progress towards the goal, constantly checking upon yourself and providing self-feedback.

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Good Strategies

Good Strategies

Embrace strategies that make your goal more achievable.

  • Specific planning helps you implement with intention and drive.
  • Habit stacking: Undertaking a task repeatedly results in a habit by getting it ingrained in our brains.
  • Associate goals with other tasks to form connections.

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Align your Environment

Align your Environment

Our surroundings play a key role in shaping our motivation and willpower.

We should keep in mind that we normally choose what is easy for us, instead of what is good for us. For example: If we have a stock of chilled beer lying in the fridge, we are more likely to drink it rather than having something healthy.

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Not too hard, Not too Easy

Not too hard, Not too Easy

If a goal is too hard or too easy there is a chance it won't be accomplished. The trick is to work on tasks that are on the edge of our current abilities. 

Keep tasks challenging but not impossible, and you will remain invested in them for long.

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It means believing in your ability to perform a task and achieve goals. There are 3 ways to build self-efficacy:

  • Ensure early success. When first starting out, choose activities you're certain you can do successfully.
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The Stages of Change

  1. Precontemplation: Not ready. Not now.
  2. Contemplation: Maybe soon — thinking about it.
  3. Preparation: Ready, taking small steps.
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15 minutes a day for making changes

15 minutes a day for making changes

Devote at least 15 minutes a day to your change.

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Fork over the truth

Behavior modification teaches us that we repeat behaviors that make us feel good. What’s your payoff for not changing? 

Until the goal becomes larger than the payoff, you’re always going to choose feeling good over feeling uncomfortable.

Set realistic goals

Start with one behavior at a time.

Instead of concentrating on losing 20 pounds in 20 days, for example, make a goal to simply begin by eating five fruits and vegetables a day.