It’s May, which means your New Year’s resolution is likely a distant memory. We’ve told you before how to set attainable goals and follow through on them. But the truth is, everyone lacks motivation from time-to-time. We skip out on a morning workout, or forget to write in that journal, and we find ourselves way off track.
The good news? It’s never too late to find the motivation you lost in the first place. Here are four easy steps to make that change.
- Just start. So what if your end goal isn’t yet clear, or you don’t know the best possible road to take? Just begin, by researching that marathon you want to tackle or signing up for that dance class.
- Make a plan. Time to suss out the finer points of your goal, including end results and how you’ll measure success. For example, if your goal is to go for a jog every day, you may plan to start month one with three jogs, move up to five jogs by month two and reach your goal by month three.
- Write it down. This is the most important step to achieving your goals. Be accountable to yourself. Write down your intentions. Then, keep a goal journal every day. A study in the British Journal of Health and Psychology found that by completing this step, goal-setters had a success rate of 91%.
- Schedule time for your goals. Make progress — whether attending a class, taking time to draw or write, or quitting smoking — by practicing and reflecting at the same time every day. Over time, working on your goal will become a built-in, effortless part of your day.
What goal have you been putting off, that you’d like to get back on track? What stops you from achieving it? Let us know in the comments.