We decide to suddenly start to follow our new daily routine, incorrectly assuming that suddenly we have changed, and are now a completely different and new person.
It is unrealistic to suddenly change from today to tomorrow; it's better to change in a gradual manner.
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During the new year, our birthday or even the start of a school year, most of us have a feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning.
These 'fresh start' moments provide us with a temporary motivation to pursue our goals.
Most of the books dealing with goal-setting talk about S.M.A.R.T. goal framework - goals that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound.
While this is a good start, being time-bound in our new self-commitments has its drawbacks.
Our self-belief and the supply of daily motivation we are to get are key factors in our success, much more than just setting the right goals, which requires little effort.
Being positive and committed to your goals goes a long way in being able to realize them.
Not being able to achieve your target or failing on some days, even unable to continue, is part of your journey, and is a lesson for you to dust yourself and get back up.
If we feel lost and give up after a failure, then we are just looking for an excuse. Failure is required for you to succeed eventually.
Writing down your goals will enable you to see and celebrate your progress.
Not seeing progress is discouraging. Written goals enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide an opportunity for celebration when you attain them.