Being committed to your goals even during hard times

The aspiration of being committed to achieving goals and seeing results is everyone’s ultimate goal. But there’s no easy path to success; getting there is challenging. It is a must to put in long hours, have the determination to face difficulties, take consistent action and be relentless, no matter what.

Unless you’re enthusiastically committed to your goals, you won’t be motivated to work hard, stretch yourself, give your best and tap your full potential.

Most people fail not because of a lack of desire but because of a lack of commitment – Vince Lombardi

Remaining committed to your goals can be challenging during these exceptionally difficult times, but with the right strategies, you can stay persistent – and ultimately achieve more. It’s better to focus on smaller, actionable steps to help you remain committed in the face of adversity.

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However, losing your mojo doesn’t mean losing everything you’ve worked for. Here are 9 tips to help you cope with complications, boost your motivation and reaffirm your commitment to the cause.

Remember your mission

Look back and remember why you set these goals in the first place. What you achieved so far and who would you be letting down if you gave up.

It can be helpful to write down your ambitions, successes and key motivating factors to remind yourself daily what you’re working towards. This way you’ll be able to get through small tasks by focusing on how they help advance your overall mission.

Visualise a successful outcome

This technique can be applied to any aspect of life. Whatever it is you want to achieve, simply imagine it happening. The more detailed the visualisation the better – from the conversation you have and the words you speak, right down to the clothes you’re wearing and the weather!

When you think of a big goal it can be all too easy to focus on the obstacles in your way. This is negative visualisation and only acts to stand between you and your dreams.

Take a break and treat yourself

Similarly, you may consider taking a break – as long as you do this with the right attitude. More than 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolution by the second week of February, and when they do, they feel horrible. They feel like failures, like they weren’t strong enough to follow through on their mission.

However, if you’re facing significant adversity that may be reduced or absent in the future, there’s no shame in temporarily walking away from your main goal. Don’t see it as a failure; see it as saving your energy up for a better attempt in the future.

If you can, set a date or time when you’ll return to your goal, or pledge to return once circumstances have changed.

Break down your goal into smaller goals

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to break your goal-related work into smaller, more manageable time goals. For example, instead of trying to get an entire project done in one day, just do 15 mins work on it. You’ll feel a greater sense of achievement, which could build momentum you can use in pursuit of your main goal.

In many cases, these smaller, related goals are more manageable, and can make you feel like you’re taking a break from your main focus.

However, at the same time, you’ll be developing meaningful skills and making progress in a way that matters.

Celebrate each small victory

Similarly, you can focus on achieving and celebrating small victories. What steps have you taken to get closer to your goal? Consider them and feel good about them. How have you improved in the past week? What are you grateful for?

Expressing gratitude in any way is proven to make feel happier, so make the time to do it, whether you write about it in a journal or just talk to yourself about it.

Pay attention to how you’re spending your time

Time management skills play a massive role in the achievement of any goal No matter what, you’ll need to spend time making progress, whether that’s by reading, exercising, or putting in genuine work hours. If you’re spending that time on unproductive tasks or on things that reduce your focus or energy, it’s going to hurt your potential.

The best way to approach this is by measuring how you spend your time. How many hours per day do you spending scrolling through a social media app? Are you spending too much time on binge watching Netflix? How many emails do you get every day?

These are areas of time expenditure that can easily be reduced.

Share your challenges and ask for social support

Social support is strongly linked to goal achievement, in part because other people can help you stay accountable for your goals. If you tell a friend you’re quitting smoking, and you light up a cigarette, they’ll be there to remind you of your original vision.

And even if you’re not in need of a specific type of help, general social support can improve your mental and physical health, improving your ability to achieve any kind of goal.

Get inspired with your favourite movie/book/songs

What inspires you to reach this goal? Finding new sources of inspiration and reviving old ones can bring you the new energy and transformed focus you need to power through a tough situation. Are there movies, songs, or books that particularly inspire you? Turn to them more regularly.

Promise yourself a reward once you reach your goal

Every time you do a good job or achieve significant task, reward yourself in small proportions. A good place to start is rewarding yourself for meeting goals are that are of reasonable size.

But the reward does not have to be lavish or extravagant. Any reward, big or small helps in motivating yourself. The key thing is making sure the reward makes you happy and motivated.

Final Note

Physical, mental, financial, and emotional hurdles can get in the way of your path to achieving your goals, but they don’t have to bring your progress to a halt. Focus on taking actionable steps to motivate yourself and remain committed to your values – even if that means making some small compromises or adjusting your original plans.

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