5 Tips To Get Your Goals On Track

We are almost halfway through the year. Are your goals on track or did they jump the rails back in January or February? If the latter rather than the former is the case, do not worry, you can still set yourself up for awesome success for the rest of the year.

Make today the day where you take off in a solid direction with your desired outcomes for the year set in your mind. Dust off your old goals and resolutions, renew your dreams and plans, redirect your thoughts, and focus on massive action and results.

These five tips will help you to achieve your goals get your goals back on track:

  1. Make your goals specific and realistic. – When it comes to making a change the people who succeed are those who set realistic and specific goals. “I’m going to recycle all my plastic bottles, soda cans, and magazines” is a much more doable goal than “I’m going to do more for the environment.” When you make your goals more specific and realistic they are much easier to stick with
  2. Give yourself time for your new changes to become new habits. – It will probably take a couple of months before any changes actually become a routine part of your life. For example, writing this blog is now a habit for me that took months to develop after consistently writing day after day. The brain needs time in order to get used to the “idea” that a new behavior or activity is now part of your regular routine.
  3. Repeat your goal to yourself to makes it stick. – Verbalize your goal aloud each morning to remind yourself of what you want and what you’re working for. Writing your goal down helps too! Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to make it happen.
  4. Pleasing other people will not work. – The key to making any change is to find the desire within yourself – you have to do it because you want it, not because a girlfriend, boyfriend, coach, parent, or someone else wants you to. It will be harder to stay on track and motivated if you’re doing something out of obligation to another person instead of doing it for yourself.
  5. Setbacks do not equate to failures! – Slip-ups are actually part of the learning process as you retrain your brain into a new way of thinking. It may take a few tries to reach a goal but that is OK. It’s normal to mess up or even to give up a few times when trying to make a change. So remember that everyone makes mistakes and don’t beat yourself up about it. Just remind yourself to get back on track.

Any behavior change takes time, patience, and persistence. Learn what you can from your short-term setbacks and then let it go. Start fresh today and use the five tips above to get yourself back on-track with your goals for the rest of the year.

Have any of your goals for the year slipped away from you? What can you do to get yourself back on track? Will any of these tips help?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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Comments

  1. Great tips! I love setting goals for myself. I recently made a few goals and plans for myself that really didn’t work out. However, instead of sulking I made new goals for myself. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

    • 3peaksblog says:

      You are welcome Lauren. Sounds like you have it dialed in with your goal setting and then resetting them when needed. The ratio between the number of goals vs. the number of goals completed or completed successfully is never one to one, but where would we be if it weren’t for our goals that didn’t pan out? I believe that failed goals still puts us ahead of not having goals at all. 🙂

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