Now that we’re well into February, are you staying motivated on your goals? In a new year Forbes post, I profiled Four Fun Ways To Make Your New Year Resoluions Stick – including gamification, habit stacking, scheduling your worries, and an interesting study on happy faces. If you’ve fallen off track anyway, here are 3 more motivation tips to try:
Pick new goals
If any of your goals are “should’s” (I should lose weight, I should save more money), just drop them right now. They won’t be interesting enough to get you past the tough times. Instead think of something that really moves you and gets you excited. It might even get you to the same end – e.g., instead of losing weight as the goal, you pick running a 5k or learning to tango. How will you reframe a stuck goal?
Shorten your timeframe
A brilliant idea from Miho Kubagawa is to pick 12 one-month resolutions in lieu of annual goals. This way, you don’t feel like you have to press on indefinitely, but there is an immediate light at the end of the tunnel. You can even stack your choices so they move directionally toward a bigger end – e.g., losing weight might be served by running a 5k one month, learning to tango another month, trying out gluten-free, etc. Do you have 12 smaller goals you can substitute for your fewer big ones?
The New York Times featured bundling temptations in its round-up of motivation strategies. In their example, you tie a delicious but wasteful habit to a new one you’re trying to encourage – so reading trashy novels might only be done when going to the gym. I may tie my Netflix habit to milestones in my writing projects. What can you bundle?
If one of your big goals this year relates to career, get inspired by this profile of career changer Susanne Rhow. She went from a corporate job in luxury goods to an entrepreneurial role selling high end real estate. Your move!