Setting personal goals can be hard, but maintaining them can be even harder. Short and long-term goals can be exciting to start, but it’s easy to become burnt out, run out of time during the day, or forget about the goal.
No matter what, setting a goal—big or small—feels amazing when it’s finally achieved. Having goals can help you get to where you want to be in life, and they don’t have to be stressful to maintain.
One thing I used to be ashamed about is always setting goals that I would never see through, and once I was finally able to accomplish some of my personal goals, it helped me continue and reach more and more. If you struggle with the same problem, here are some small things you can do to give you a better chance at reaching your goals. Just remember that it’s okay if you don’t achieve every goal that you want to!
1. Work towards the goal every day
A habit takes 14 days to form, so if you start working towards your goal every day, whether it’s for a few minutes or a few hours, it’ll eventually become a part of your daily routine and will be easier and faster to accomplish.
2. Don’t feel bad if you take time off
Life can be hard and busy, and sometimes you just won’t have the time or energy to work towards your goal, and that’s okay! Taking a day or a few days off from working towards it can be helpful in the long run as it can make you more motivated to start reaching for the goal again. Just don’t put off the work for too long!
3. Find a support system
Working towards a goal can get lonely, and it’s easy to lose motivation. Finding people around you who believe in you and can lead you in the right direction can make all the difference.
4. Don’t overdo it
Having multiple goals can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Don’t set too many goals at one time, as it can derail you from finishing all of them. If you only have the time to work on one goal, it’s okay!