Wow, it’s April already! It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly Easter and we’re already a quarter way through the year. It seems like just yesterday that we returned from our New Year’s holidays, all set and ready to go with our list of New Year Habits. However, if you’ve found that the time has just slipped away, much like our motivation for those New Year Habits, it’s OK – it’s not too late to reignite your commitment to your goals!
Looking back to the start of the year, we made some pretty wild claims that NYR’s don’t work – and there are so many statistics that suggest most will fail. Apologies if that’s not true for you, in fact, congratulations! We want to hear about it! Reach out and tell us your story, just like Darren did. But for those who did stray from the path, it’s time to debrief and have a look at how you and your goals might have parted ways.
Perhaps your goals are too optimistic or a bit vague? At Clicks, we are firm believers in SMART goals – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timeframe. This methodology is a great way to keep on track for a few reasons:
Specific and Measurable
‘Be healthier’ or ‘read more’ are classic NYR examples. But what defines these? When will you know these are complete? For example, drinking less alcohol is a great goal but why not try ‘A maximum of 5 standard drinks per week’. This creates a specific and measurable goal, which is really important so that you know exactly what you are doing and so you can see how you are progressing on paper.
Witnessing an improvement is a terrific motivator to keep going – so keep track of your progress by writing it down! You can even tell your friends as they’ll be able to help keep you accountable.
Achievable and Realistic (and in an appropriate timeframe)
Let’s be honest – we all dream of having that picture perfect beach body or a bank account that resembles a 1300 number. We will all definitely read 100 books this year and learn a new language. But when it comes down to it, biting off more than we can chew can be our worst enemy when setting our goals. Don’t be too lenient either, or you might find you’re celebrating too early and slip back into those old habits.
Similarly, setting yourself the right timeframe to complete your goals is crucial. An impossible deadline will only result in throwing in the towel when you realise it’s not going to happen in time. Too much time and you might not try your best.
If you’re struggling to set a deadline on your goals, try breaking the goal down into smaller, more attainable steps. Remember to celebrate each and every milestone as you progress, this will help you stay motivated and…well, why not treat yourself!
If you’re still having trouble committing to your goals try treating them less like a chore and more like a game!
Make a bet with someone. Financial motivators are a big help.
Look forward to cheat meals. They can be good for you.
Keep a record. So you can track your goals and share them!
A bit of friendly competition. Know someone with the same goal? Why not battle it out and see who can achieve each step first – throw in a small prize or leader board to keep it interesting!
Most importantly, don’t be disheartened if you fall short of your goal, or don’t’ hit your deadline. It’s not just about hitting your targets this month or this year, it’s about lifestyle change – and learning that it’s OK to drop something if you are able to pick it back up again.
Best of luck #Clicksters! I can’t wait to do our six-month review in July, where I’ll even share I’m progressing with my goals.
As always, please let me know if there are any particular topics you would love us to look into or you have any queries or concerns.
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