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The How-To Lounge: Sticking With a Goal

The New Year isn’t the only time for resolutions. In fact, I’d wager to guess that most of us are creating goals all year long. But the problem with goals is that they don’t count for much if you don’t follow through with them. If you need help sticking with your goals, then


  • Always keep your eyes on the prize! Write your goal on sticky notes and post it all over your house. Tell your friends so they can ask you about it. The more you’re staring it in the face, the more difficult it will be to quit.
  • Make a habit out of rewarding yourself for a job well done on a week-to-week or even daily basis. Not only will your goal seem more feasible broken down into shorter spurts, but you’ll always have something to look forward to.
  • As often as you celebrate your accomplishments, overlook failures. Instead try using any missteps as motivation to keep going. If you start beating yourself up, giving up is sure to follow suit.
  • With that in mind, recognize that some missteps are inevitable. Life is too hectic and people are too imperfect for there not to be a slip every now and again. But if you can prepare for it, you’re more likely to withstand it.
  • Usually when we create a goal in the first place, there’s something that’s specifically motivating us — a promotion, new shoes, or fitting into some old jeans — but as the steps in reaching a goal wear on, it’s easy for the initial motivation to wane. Thus, you’ll be much better off if you come up with new reasons to be motivated along the way. The more motivation the better!
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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Great advice. I think most women get really upset when they mess up and give up and it's really important to keep going. That is the difference between success and failure.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i tend to get discouraged when i get even slightly off track and i think that you're right - we should celebrate just the little things and realize that nothing is going to run smoothly and be perfect so you have to assume that you'll have set backs. i know that for myself i beat myself up more for the bad than cheering myself on for the good - but that's just a part of my personality. set little goals and you'll see that you'll have success. instead of trying to lose 30 lbs...try for 5, then 10 and then keep adding since that's when you'll feel like you're making the most progress right?
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
great advice, Dear :cheer:
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