2018 is well on its way. Hopefully, your goals for the year did not get left back on January 2nd. It can be difficult to keep New Year’s resolutions and end up reverting back to old habits. Here are some tips to help you refocus on any goals you set for the year.
- Be Realistic: If you want to get a novel published, it might be over zealous to try and make it happened by the end of the year if you haven’t even started writing it. Give yourself the time you need to accomplish your goals.
- Be Specific: Again, if you want to get a novel published, you might want to have a complete draft written by the end of the year. How long is the novel going to be, and how many pages do you need to write each week to accomplish this goal? Make sure you can measure your goal, and break it up into monthly, weekly, or even daily tasks.
- Be Public: Accountability is your best friend when it comes to accomplishing goals. If you wrote down your goals on your phone at the beginning of the year, and no one else knows about them, who is going to be disappointed if you don’t accomplish them? Who is going to help encourage you throughout the year? Let your friends and family know about your goals.
- Be Rewarding: Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool. Humans are members of the animal kingdom. Although we many be far more intellectually advanced than our animal friends, we still share many similarities with them. If you reward yourself along the way, your brain will associate working on your goals with the reward. Plan on buying yourself something you enjoy If you are making measured progress on your goals.