Making Your Goals Stick! – Nikki Kinzer

20
Dec
2010


For many of us, the New Year brings renewal.  It can be a time for a fresh start and the beginning of a better life.  It’s where we decide this is the time to exercise more, eat better and get organized!  All of these goals and any other you may choose can be mean great changes for you in the upcoming year.

I remember several years ago in the winter, I was looking at joining a gym.  The representative said to me, now would be a better time to join, because in the end of December the prices would increase, due to the increase of memberships.  The gyms are really busy the month of January, start to slow down in February, and then in March it’s at their normal capacity.

There is a lot of truth in what he is saying, really in any goal we set for ourselves.  We start off really strong and motivated and then over time, we lose our enthusiasm, motivation, and we end up stopping.

Here are a few tips in keeping you motivated throughout the year and staying true to the changes you would like to make in your life!

  • Understand your motivation – One of the first questions I ask my clients when I see them for the first time is to find out what their motivation is for this change.  Why now? Understanding your motivation and the pay off, will keep you motivated through the hard times where you may get frustrated or stuck.  You must want this change for yourself and for your own motivation, not to please anyone else.
  • Be realistic – A big part of being motivated is seeing yourself succeed as you go through the process.  It’s those little milestones you achieve.  For example: the one drawer you organized… or the first 2 lbs you lose!  Celebrate! However, if you are not realistic about your goals, you will not achieve them.  If you have been living with chronic disorganization for sometime now, your reality is not going to be filled with a perfect room filled with labeled bins.  You may still have stacks of paper or projects hanging around.  The goal for you is to have those stacks organized in a way where you can find what you need, when you need it.   You want to know you can achieve what you are setting out to do.
  • Take one goal at a time – And then break up the goal into even smaller pieces! Say, your goal is to be more organized in 2011.  This is too broad of a statement.  Take your goal and break it down into pieces, and master each one, one at a time.   Start with the area in your life that frustrates you the most.  Example; Your Home Office, instead of trying to organize the whole office at once, start with just purging your files first.  After this is accomplished, establish a better mail system, rather than letting it pile up.  Then move onto other areas of the room.  It’s about taking a large goal and breaking into small chunks.  Eventually, you will achieve the goal of “being more organized” in 2011!
  • Understand the Commitment – Whenever you make a change in your life, no matter how big or small, it takes a commitment on your part to keep the change in your life.  Habits are hard to break.  Routines are only established when you practice and are consistent with your actions. With any change, it needs to become your lifestyle.  It will take hard work, time, and energy.

To succeed you need to make a promise to yourself to do your best, get back up when you fall, and never give up!

Happy New Year!

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