How To Set Smart Goals And Stay Motivated

Staying Motivated

I’ve always found that I’m super motivated when I start something new. I’m excited, I’m enthusiastic and at first it seems easy! However, when the newness wears off and my motivation starts slipping, that’s when the goal becomes a challenge. So what can we do to stay motivated?

As you may know, I love setting myself goals. In fact I set myself new challenges every month which you can read about here. I’ve learned that when it comes to goal setting and staying motivated there are a few steps you need to remember:

How To Set Smart Goals And Stay Motivated

Set SMART Goals

The first step to staying motivated is to set SMART goals. This will bring structure and organisation into your objectives and give you clear and reachable milestones. To ensure your goals are SMART, each one should be:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable)
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic, results-based)
  • Timely (time-based, time limited)

For example, one of my January goals was to grow my Pinterest followers. To turn this into a SMART objective, I would word it as such:

By the end of January 2017 (the when), I (the who) would like to reach 250 followers (the what) on Those Positive Thoughts Pinterest account (the where).

Remind Yourself of Your Goals

Once you have set your SMART goals you will feel motivated and excited. The first few days of a goal or habit can be easy but as soon as the newness wears off, reality sets in. It can become difficult, painful and maybe even boring. In order to stay motivated you must keep reminding yourself of your goals. Write them in your journal and review them every morning and evening. Write them on post it notes and stick them to your mirror or on your fridge. You could set reminders on your phone or change the desktop background on your laptop to something motivational! These little reminders will keep you on track and will help you stay focused.

Celebrate Your Progress

After the initial excitement of your new goal has worn off, the first week or two can be difficult. In order to stay motivated you must recognise and celebrate your progress, because everyday you ARE making progress. Let’s say your want to improve your stamina, your goal could be, ‘run 5k three times a week until the end of February 2017’ (when you can review and update your goal, if necessary). When you’re halfway through your goal why not celebrate how far you’ve come. Treat yourself to a manicure, a massage, new running top! Credit yourself for your hard work and determination and you will feel motivated to keep going.

Share Your Goals

The reason why I share my goals on here is because it helps me stay motivated. Not only have I made a commitment to myself but I have also shared this dedication with others. I don’t want to let myself down and I wouldn’t want to discourage others from setting their own goals. Sharing your goals allows you to talk to your close friends and family about your progress. On those days when you need a little pick me up, you will have someone to encourage you. Again, lets say your goal is to ‘run 5k three times a week’,  maybe you have a super supportive friend who will join you. Sharing your goals gives you the support you need to stay motivated.

Don’t Dwell on Setbacks

Remember that no one is perfect, so don’t worry too much if you wobble. Sometimes set backs just can’t be helped, because you know what gets in the way, life! The best thing to do is to recognise your minor setback, relax and then reset. The journey to your end goal shouldn’t be an all or nothing fight with yourself, it is your journey of growth and development. Enjoy it, learn from it and remember, the comeback is always stronger than the setback.

Have you set yourself any goals and how do you stay motivated? I would love to hear from you!

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