Having the Discipline to Reach Your Goals

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Having the Discipline to Reach Your Goals

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Having the Discipline to Reach Your GoalsDid you make a New Year's Resolution in January? If so, have you stuck to it?

Why, or - more likely - why not?

Reaching your goals can be a tiresome slog, but it doesn't have to be an act of sheer miserable force of will. Here are some tips to help you maintain the discipline to reach your goals - with minimal pain and lots to gain.

Set the Right Goals

If a goal is overly difficult to attain, it's likely you're not setting the right goal. Or rather, you're not setting it the right way.

Start with creating "SMART" goals; things that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Oriented. Consider each of these components and ensure that your goal satisfies all criteria.

Write it Down

There's power in the pen. Don't just verbally or mentally set a goal; commit it to paper.

With a good old fashioned pen and paper, write down your goal. Focus on the outcome, and what your life will be like on attaining your goal. (For example: On June 1st, I will weigh ______, I'll feel terrific, and I'll have a new bikini to show off for the summer!)

Below the goal, write the word SMART in a column and beside each letter, outline how your goal satisfies each component. Then, put the paper somewhere prominent so you can be reminded of your goal regularly.

Create Benchmarks

If your goal is lofty or long-term, it's easy to lose sight of the ball and lose momentum on achieving your target. It's important to create benchmarks along the way to help you measure your progress, re-evaluate, readjust (if necessary), and keep on going.

Think of them as mini goals within the larger framework of your ultimate goal.

Reward Yourself Along the Way

Pre-determine a reward you can give yourself at each benchmark. Thus, when a long-term target becomes a little dreamy or out of your grasp, you can narrow your focus to the next benchmark and the associated reward you'll get when you reach it. This can help you maintain day-to-day discipline for the long-haul.  

Staying on Track

The more reminders and incentives you create, and the more passionate you are about reaching your goals, the more discipline you'll have to get there.  

Create a vision board that depicts the life or circumstances you'll have on reaching your goal. Keep the vision board somewhere prominent, and use that vision of what your future will be like to not only stay on track, but to manifest that situation. (Remember the Prosperity Game? This stuff really works)!

Re-evaluate, Ask Questions

Just because you set a goal doesn't mean you have to stick to it. Sometimes your situation or priorities might change, and a goal you were on track to reach is no longer important or relevant. Keep asking yourself questions about your life, dreams, and goals, to make sure that every day you're getting closer to the life of your dreams.  

Having the discipline to reach your goals doesn't have to be a brutal and punitive process; by using passion, fun, and rewards, the discipline to reach your goals can be inherent.

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Nora Dunn Life Balance Blogger, CareOne Services, Inc.Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo: a full-time traveler and freelance writer. She is a contributing writer under the CareOne Debt Relief Services Life Balance blog. Having sold her business and belongings to travel, she has been on the road since 2007. She travels in a financially sustainable manner, taking advantage of creative volunteering positions. As a former certified Financial Planner, she is financially responsible for her actions along the way. She believes there is a fine balance between planning for tomorrow, and living for today. Compensated Blogger for CareOne Debt Relief Services. You can follow Nora on Twitter @hobonora

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