As you know, when working to achieve your goals, irrespective of whether it’s losing weight, training for a marathon or negotiating a higher salary, it all boils down to self-control, planning, prioritising and the courage to step out of your comfort zone.
In a nutshell, it is important to pick 2-3 resolutions and focus on them entirely, whilst creating a plan that will help you achieve them. By doing a little bit every day and tracking your progress, you will keep the momentum and motivation going. It is also important to remember that changes and goals can be achieved incrementally.
You should reward yourself for every little milestone that gets you closer to fulfilling your New Year’s resolution. For example, if you’re training to run a marathon, set the first goal to 5 miles and then book a nice massage as a reward.
However, there comes a point (usually 4-6 weeks later) where our gym attendance drops, a salad gets exchanged for a piece of chocolate and the courage to chat to our manager about a pay rise gets lost.
Here’s how to keep yourself determined and achieve your goals.
A study by the University of Zurich found that stress creates barriers to self-control by causing people to become anxious and consequently, to lose their determination. As it is difficult to eradicate stress from our lives, it is important to focus on creating self-care rituals where you can de-stress, become more mindful and aware of your body and mind. It does not have to be anything special - but a walk in the park or a quick yoga session can really make the difference in how you feel.
Learn to talk to yourself. Everyday, say nice things to yourself — out loud! List one thing you’re grateful for and one thing you want to achieve that day.
As your habit grows, use self-talk to remind yourself about your reason for the resolutions. Become your biggest fan — not your biggest critic! Encourage your own motivation and capabilities. Use encouraging inner chatter to contribute to your own success with your resolutions.
By speaking to someone about your goals and resolutions, you make them public. Once they’re public, you will feel more accountable to achieve them. Ideally, you’d want to join a community of like-minded individuals where you can feed motivation and determination off each other. Self-control is contagious! The people around you can influence your ability to demonstrate will power and become your better self. At Wojo, we offer a community of people focused on their professional goals — so why not download the iOS app and join us?
To sum up, your life is here and now. It is up to you where you will be one year from now. Everyday you have a choice whether you want to work on yourself, or stick with your old routines. If you are happy with who you are — amazing and congratulations! Not everyone is. If you aren’t, follow the steps above and work on yourself daily to become the person you want to be.