Wouldn’t it be great to accomplish the majority of your goals by this time next year?
As we move into 2019, be honest; how many of your 2018 New Year’s resolutions did you manage to complete?
If your answer was “none”, then perhaps it’s time to starting thinking of ways to reach your goals this year. Believe it or not, accomplishing your business and personal goals is possible, but you’ll need the right strategy.
Here are six tips for changing your mindset, achieving your dreams and completing your 2019 goals with ease.
Tip 1. Make your goals public
Promises you make to yourself are easy to break. There’s nothing like a bit of social pressure to force yourself to follow through. Thankfully, there are literally hundreds of goal-setting websites out there that you can join and let the world know what you plan to accomplish.
Top-rated solutions such as LifeTick help you to set specific, realistic and measurable goals and make them public. Whether you want to improve your business, save money or lose weight, making your goals public is a winning strategy. Not only will you benefit from social pressure, but you’ll also gain invaluable support, inspiration, and encouragement from others on the platform.
Tip 2. Kill procrastination before it kills your ideas
Procrastination is the enemy of growth and success. Thinking “I’ll start tomorrow” is the most likely reason why you didn’t reach many of last year’s goals. To be successful, you need to start thinking how to make a positive action now and get started today.
One practical option is to sign up to a goal-setting platform to give yourself a kick in the backside. Make sure they send you notification emails and will bombard you with reminders if you let time pass you by!
Tip 3. Get a referee
Goal-setting websites are highly effective…if you use them! Let’s face it; accounts are easy to cancel and emails are easy to junk. There are even apps that will block almost every smartphone notification in existence. What you need is a referee – a real person who will judge your success and provide external accountability.
This is where Stickk comes in handy. Stickk was founded by a group of economists who realized that paying people to do something, such as quitting smoking, yields much better results. Stickk is essentially a commitment contract website where people put their own money on the line and get a referee to judge whether they met their goal or not. So, how does it work?
Stickk’s core features are setting goals, telling a group of friends, enlisting a referee and setting stakes. The stake could be laying, say, $100 on the line and getting to keep it if you succeed. If you fail, your money goes to someone of your choice – it could be a friend, a charity, or even a charity or organization that you don’t want to support!
That last one is highly effective. If you’re an Elizabeth Warren-loving vegan who wants to quit smoking, setting up your $100 stake to go to Donald Trump’s re-election fund if you fail is sure to send your motivation levels through the roof! Stickk has currently facilitated more than 431,000 commitments to date with over $38 million on the line. Try it!
Tip 4. Create smaller tasks out of big goals
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably rolling your eyes, thinking “Well, I’ve tried all that, now what?” The motivation to change has to come from within and no slick web app or subscription can truly substitute for that.
Don’t believe us?
You’ve likely already heard that January is one of the busiest months of the year for new gym memberships as flocks of well-meaning newbies rush to sign up. Well, research shows that 90 percent of January sign-ups never make it past March. This shows that an expensive gym membership won’t compensate for badly constructed goals. To succeed, you need to create smaller tasks out of your big goals.
Big goals, such as getting a promotion or losing weight often call for multiple steps or stages. That’s why you need to focus on these smaller tasks. Make sure they are doable, realistic and time-specific. This will help you avoid getting overwhelmed and simply quitting.
For example, if your big goal is to increase your company’s revenue by 10 percent, a smaller task might be to review your digital marketing strategy. Choose a specific action and stick to it. A succession of smaller tasks will ultimately help you reach your big goals.
Tip 5. Set a deadline for each task
The reason that many people fail to meet their goals is that they never measure out their time or track their progress. If you fail to set measurable tasks with specific deadlines, you’ll become increasingly stressed, irrational and short-tempered.
Let’s take the example of losing weight and say that your goal this year is to lose ten pounds. This is quite a big goal and there is statistically quite a high chance that you’ll fail. But what if you set yourself a smaller goal of losing one pound over the next two weeks? Could you make that?
Deadlines allow you to develop a flow of progress so that accomplish everything you set out to by the end.
Tip 6. Set supporting goals, not all-or-nothing goals
Have you ever noticed how many diet plans have a built-in weekly ‘cheat day’ where people can eat whatever food they’ve been craving? The idea was popularized by Bill Phillips in his 1999 book, Body For Life, and has since been incorporated into many popular diet plans. Phillips recognized that asking people never to eat any bad food was just setting them up to fail. No-one is perfect, we all experience setbacks. Recognizing this fact of life is an important part of meeting your goals.
Setting up an all-or-nothing goal such as ‘win a promotion at work’ can set you up for failure and lead to a negative spiral. Therefore, it’s best to set multiple supporting goals that help you reach your big goal. These might, on the surface, seem unconnected, but Stickk.com marketing director Sam Espinoza says people see “higher success rates” when they try this approach. For example, if your primary goal is to win a promotion, setting up a supporting goal of “increasing sales” will help you reach it.
You now have all the strategies you need to give yourself the best chance of reaching your goals in 2019. You know how to break larger goals up into smaller tasks, make them public and give yourself a sense of accountability to get them done. So go do it!