So, you have this big goal that you set for yourself and you have tons of motivation and drive to accomplish it, but a week later you are so busy with other things that come up and you haven’t made any progress or taken any steps towards your goal. Now, what?
The problem is that most of our goals are set for the future, but sometimes we get caught up in the now because it seems so pressing that we forget to work towards our goals in the future. The momentum that we had when we first set those goals starts to fizzle out and we don’t get any closer to accomplishing them than we were before we set them.
However, there is something we can do to stop this momentum from leaving us. Every time I set a goal, I set up and implement daily or weekly habits that I can do that will bring me closer to accomplishing that goal every day. By creating daily habits that support my goals, it takes the guesswork out of what I need to do in order to accomplish it and it also makes sure that I am taking small steps each and every day.
So, how do you create habits in your life that support your goals?
- Define you goal. For example, my goal is to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Find someone who has accomplished your desired results and see what they do on daily basis. For example, since my goal is to live a healthy lifestyle, I will look at people who I think live a healthy lifestyle and see what they do.
- Based on your findings, chose three habits from that person or lifestyle that you will implement into you routines. For example, since my goals is to live a healthy lifestyle and I see healthy people eating whole foods, exercising, and getting good sleep, then I will chose to incorporate those three things into my daily habits and routine as well.
- Schedule your habits into your life. For example, I will eat a whole foods diet and allow myself two cheat meals a week, I will go to the gym three times a week, and I will get eight hours of sleep every night.
- Track your habits. For example, now that I have defined and scheduled my habits, I will keep track of how many cheat meals I have per week, how many times I go to the gym, and how many times I get eight hours of sleep.
Tracking your habits is important so you know whether you are staying on track or not. I find this process extremely helpful in making sure that I am taking steps towards my future goals. By implementing habits that support my goals into my schedule, I no longer have to think about what I need to do, it is already decided and set up for me.
Once you have this system in place, you will be able to accomplish your goals even after the motivation that you had when you first set them has disappeared.