It’s easy to set goals but difficult to stay consistent. It’s not that we’re lazy or don’t want what we’ve set out for ourselves. It’s just that life happens, and things come up that can make us lose focus on our goals. This is why it’s so important to stay consistent with your goals—so they don’t get lost in the shuffle of daily life. Here are five tips I use to help myself stay focused on what matters most:
To stay consistent, you need to know what you’re working toward. This can be a little tricky.
Think about the goals you’re trying to achieve—what are they? Why do you want them? What will happen if you achieve them? How will your life change if you succeed?
Don’t just think about what the outcome will be, but also how achieving this goal will make things better for yourself and those around you. Is there someone who could benefit from your success as well? If so, figure out how this person would benefit too!
- Set SMART Goals
SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. The acronym was coined by management consultant George T. Doran in the 1960s.
Specific – In order to achieve a goal you want to set down clear guidelines for yourself on what that goal is and how it should be achieved. For example: “I will lose 15 pounds in 8 weeks.” You can also write down the benefits of achieving your goal such as “I will feel more confident about myself when I look into the mirror.”
Measurable – This means being able to track progress towards your goal using a number scale so that you can see whether or not you are making improvements on a regular basis. For example: “I will weigh in at 140 lbs once per week”. Or if losing weight isn’t a problem for you then maybe try tracking something else like minutes spent exercising each day or miles cycled per week instead?
- Define a goal.
- Break down the steps needed to achieve it into smaller goals, and set deadlines for each step.
- Use a calendar or planner to track your progress. You can also use apps like Google Calendar, Todoist, and others that allow you to create daily checklists or schedule events in advance so that they’re easy to visualize and track on your phone or computer screen (and don’t require pen/paper).
- Be flexible with yourself! If something comes up—a last-minute meeting request from a colleague whose help would be critical for achieving one of your goals—don’t skip more important tasks just because they weren’t scheduled first thing in the morning when you woke up. If anything happens unexpectedly during work hours (or even outside of working hours), use those things as opportunities rather than excuses; try not being afraid at all times about what may come next because it could lead toward better things later down the road!
This can be as simple as keeping a written log or creating an Excel spreadsheet. It’s important to track your progress so that you have a clear view of what’s working and what isn’t.
If you’re consistently hitting your goals, that’s great! But don’t forget to celebrate these successes with yourself. As far as rewards go, it could be something small like getting a massage or going for coffee with a friend after work. Just make sure it’s something that makes sense for what the goal was (eating healthier might mean treating yourself to some healthy food).
Don’t forget about all those little victories on the way there—they matter too!
In addition to staying on track with your goals, it’s important to find support. When you have the right people in your corner, it’s much easier to stay motivated and see things through.
With that in mind, don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice when setting your goals. It doesn’t have to be a big thing—sometimes just having someone else tell you they think they can do it is enough motivation.
And once you’ve accomplished something that felt impossible at first, don’t forget about the little victories along the way! The journey may not always be smooth sailing, but every step counts towards your destination.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set some goals for yourself. Maybe it’s getting good grades in college, or maybe it’s saving up for a new car. There are many reasons why setting goals is so important—but what happens when we don’t stick to them?
Whether it’s due to life circumstances or simply forgetting about the goal in question, research shows that only 8% of Americans report reaching their personal targets each year. If this sounds like you, there are plenty of ways to improve your ability to be consistent. Below are five tips that will help keep yourself motivated and on track:
- Start with purpose: The first step towards reaching any goal is knowing why you’re doing it in the first place! You should have a strong sense of purpose before anything else because if you don’t know what motivates you enough to keep going then nothing else matters.
- Set SMART Goals: Once your purpose is clear then start setting specific goals (SMART) that align with what inspired them originally so there’s no confusion as far as direction goes next time around either."
If you can follow these five tips, then you’ll be able to stay consistent with your goals. Remember that consistency is key—if you miss a few days or even weeks of working on your goal, it won’t matter how good it was in the beginning.
So don’t give up! Just keep working towards what matters most to you, and know that every little bit counts towards making progress over time.