By Essie Bester
The ability to stay committed to your goals is a valuable skill that can help you achieve those goals and thus experience new heights of success. Setting goals (which is a simple process) is a prerequisite for this. However, it is much more challenging to maintain momentum and make progress of you do not have strategies in place.
Aspects that could influence your commitment to your goals are:
- Setting goals that are not meaningful
- Having too many goals
- Not knowing why your goals are important
- Setting goals that will benefit only you
- Not having a plan or strategies to achieve your goals
Goals are your compass in life. They lead you in the direction you want to go. Without goals, there is a good chance that you will wander aimlessly without a real reason for doing the things you do.
As you increase your commitment to your goals, you will experience faster progress and that will keep you motivated. In contrast, your chances to achieve your goals diminish when your commitment diminishes and feelings of discouragement and disappointment take hold of you.
Things you can do to ensure your commitment:
Don’t set goals for yourself and then forget about them. They must be at the top of your mind if you want to make progress. Writing down your goals is one way of keeping them visible. The key is then to read them regularly.
You must know in advance what the achievement of your goal will look like. This means you have to define the key results or milestones that will lead to your success. The clearer you are on what the picture of your success looks like, the easier it will be for you to stay focussed on the habits or actions that will lead you there.
- Review your goals constantly
It is not enough to keep your goals visible. Keep abreast of your progress and make adjustments as needed. Not everything you do will take you closer to your goals, therefore it would be beneficial to know where you can improve.
- Hold yourself accountable
It is easy to come up with reasons or excuses when things start to go wrong. You must take responsibility for your actions and what you have committed yourself to do. Make sure you have someone to be accountable to. That will ensure that you stay committed to your goals, even when things get difficult.
- Celebrate the small victories
People thrive on rewards. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge the progress you have made. Reward yourself when you have achieved a key result or milestone as it will keep you motivated.
If you are aware of negative habits, replace them with new, positive habits.
- Develop an insatiable hunger
Undoubtedly this remains the most challenging aspect of successful goal achievement. What makes some people pursue their goals with an unquenchable desire, while others give up as soon as it gets difficult?
Successful people are unrelenting in their pursuit of their goals. Of course, like everyone else, they experience setbacks and failures, but they distinguish themselves by their ability to learn from their mistakes and to get back on track – that ability to go and do it again and again until they gain the prize.
Successful people believe in themselves. They develop an inner resolve – an inner dialogue – that continually feeds them with images, thoughts and beliefs of being successful.
Successful people find their inner conviction and discover the reason why they pursue their goals. Ask yourself why you want this. Who do you want to become and what will your life look like once you have achieved your goal?
Successful people imitate someone who has already achieved a similar goal. And they do so with passion while constantly keeping in mind that they need to be adaptable, open and receptive.
Therefore, take action by making sure your goals are written down. Then keep these goals at the top of your mind by reading through them daily while seeing the completed picture in your mind’s eye. This is how you create the emotions you want to experience when you reach your goal.