10 Proven Ways to Stay Motivated With Your Goals

10 Proven Ways to Stay Motivated With Your Goals

10 Proven Ways to Stay Motivated With Your Goals


Did you know 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of the year.

Here are 10 proven ways for you to stand out as one of the 8% who make it through the year. 


1. SMART Goals

You’ve likely heard this phrase before Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely

  • Specific: the more specific and intentional you are with your goals, the better. Doing so helps you bridge the gap on how to get from point A to point B. Instead of “I want to launch my own business”, consider breaking it down with specificity: “I will validate my idea, develop a unique selling proposition and find my target audience”. 
  • Measurable: At the end of the day, we need to be benchmark ourselves. Seeing progress is one of the most powerful forms of motivation because it means it’s all paying off. Consider quarterly check-in’s with yourself or a friend so that you’re able to see how you stack up. Find the appropriate metric to track; whether it’s number of email addresses, followers or sales. 
  • Attainable: Don’t set yourself up for failure. It’s ok to dream big but make it realistic. When we see overly ambitious goals without a clear path to accomplishing it, we end up running around aimlessly without much progress. 
  • Relevant: Are your goals relevant to your current lifestyle? We all have other priorities and things happening in life, so consider whether or not your goals are right for you. 
  • Timely: Nothing gets people moving more than a deadline. A target date puts a little bit of welcomed pressure. Don’t forget to keep it flexible because things change. 

2. Focus on the why

Remind yourself the why behind it all. There’s a purpose behind the extra hours and sacrifices you’re making. Is it financial freedom, the desire to quit your current job, or to prove to yourself and others you can make it? Whatever it is, write it down and keep it somewhere easily accessible for a quick reminder and motivational boost when you need it the most.


3. Consider the benefits

Let's break down your why a bit further. Consider all the positive benefits associated with your goal. Extra income, flexibility with your schedule, or confidence in yourself that you created something from what was just an idea.


4. Small, consistent wins

Small wins build confidence. Confidence builds momentum. Momentum builds success. It’s an easy formula but difficult to remember. Don’t be afraid to celebrate the small wins. Even if it’s one engaged follower or 5-star review.


5. Switch it up

If your current routine or set up isn’t working, try switching it up. A night owl doesn’t shouldn’t have the same schedule as an early bird. Find when you’re most productive and embrace it.

6. Stay accountable

There are many ways to keep yourself accountable and moving forward. Try regular check-in’s with a friend, business partner or team member who has a similar goal. Groups, associations, online communities can also be a great place to keep yourself accountable - even regular check-in’s with yourself can do the trick.


7. Embrace help

There’s nothing wrong to ask for a little bit of help. In fact, asking for help and delegating some of your tasks are critical for running a successful business. Learn to trust your team and those around you who genuinely want to see you succeed.


8. Give yourself something to lose

A little money or time on the line can be just what you need to push yourself in the right direction. For example, if you’ve been meaning to become better at digital marketing, try signing up for a few paid or in-person courses. It’s much more difficult to bail on something you’ve already paid for.


9. Believe in yourself

At the end of the day, you need to believe in yourself. This phrase is thrown around often but there’s serious weight behind it. We all deal with uncertainty, self-doubt and fear. Have the confidence in yourself that you can make it happen.


10. Get the right tools

There are plenty of tools and resources to help you attain your goals. Find the right tools that aligns with your goals and leverage them. Invest in yourself now. Online course? Enroll today. Networking event? Sign up. Books, planners or guides? Get them. Signal to yourself you’re serious and committed to your goals by investing in yourself.

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