- Set reachable goals (it’s good to challenge yourself, but you don’t want to set goals that are unattainable or you will set yourself up for failure)
- Put your goals in writing or on your computer or phone so you can refer to them regularly.
- Create a mechanism to remind yourself of your goals.
- Track your progress towards attaining your goals.
- When you achieve a goal, do something nice for yourself as a reward for attaining the goal.
- Make sure the goals you set are in manageable chunks so you don’t become overwhelmed.
- Find motivation for yourself in the motivating words of others. There are plenty of websites and resources you can look through to find motivational speeches, quotes, etc.
- If you don’t achieve your goals, don’t be too hard on yourself. Make it a teachable moment so you know how to adjust your expectations in the future and can set more reasonable goals for yourself the next time.
Contributors: Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Ph.D. from QuitItNow