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Goals: Learning How to Set Yourself Up for Success

October 3, 2018 | By Louis Tully

At the dawn of every new year, there comes a myriad of New Year’s resolutions that people swear they’re going to stick to this time. Yet year after year we see these same individuals barely make it a week into their “new year, new me” routine before throwing in the towel. So why is that? Who do so many people break their promise to themselves to do things better? And how come it happens to quickly?

To put it simply; they didn’t count the cost. One doesn’t just jump into a brand-new routine and suddenly change their behavioral habits overnight. Making resolutions work means making your brain work differently than it has before. Whether your goal is physical or financial, you’re going to have to train your brain to think differently in order to reach success. It’s all a mind game. If you can put your mind in the right place, you can accomplish wonders. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish your goals before New Year’s Eve even gets here.

Think Long-Term

The secret to sticking to any goal is simple. In fact, you’ve probably heard this at least a dozen times before. If you want to be successful in reaching your goals, you need to keep your eye on the prize; specifically, your mind’s eye. If you can’t train yourself to think long-term, you simply won’t have enough motivation to fuel your long-term goals. There are a few ways to work around this:

  • Rather than setting one big long-term goal, try setting up several small short-term goals instead.
  • Make a habit to think on your goals and envision your desired results every morning.
  • Stay social about your goals. Tell your friends and family about them so they can keep you accountable.

Mind Over Matter

As mentioned earlier, you need to put your mind in the right place in order to see your goals through. This pertains to any goal you can think of:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Get in shape.
  • Lose weight.
  • Save money.

So to increase your chances for success, it’s always a good idea to set a ‘start date’ to give yourself time to mentally prepare for the changes that lie ahead.

Turning Thought into Action

Thought without action is useless. We think about our goals all the time. We know what we want and even what it takes to get there. So why are so many goal setters stuck in a static state of procrastination? Once again, motivation is the key factor. How do we find motivation? By keeping ourselves focused on the prize at the end of the struggle. If you want to be successful in reaching your goals, you need to get up and get going. Try some of these tips to stay motivated:

  • Make sure your goals are yours. Don’t do it for anybody, but yourself.
  • Visualize the results.
  • Break your goal down into smaller pieces.
  • Be positive by surrounding yourself with positive people.
  • Stay organized.
  • Don’t stress over what you can’t control.

How Goals and Financial Wellness Go Together

No matter what your goal may be, you’ll find that most of them work hand in hand with financial wellness. Want to lose weight? You’ll have to quit eating out at those expensive restaurants. Want to quit smoking? You’ll have to stop spending money on all those cigarettes. Want to get into shape? You’ll have to make more time for the gym by cutting back on the time spent shopping and dining out.

See? Somehow, all the things that will help turn us into a better version of ourselves will have a positive impact on our finances too! If you’ve relied on an installment loan to keep your finances afloat, perhaps it’s time to stop thinking about what you want and start chasing after it. Let today be the day you leave behind complacency and move forward into a life centered on progress and results.