We’re nearing the end of the year. Due to that, you may be thinking about the resolutions/goals you set for 2015 or you may be thinking about different goals that you set earlier this year.
If you're reading this post, there may be a chance that you’ve fallen off track with your goals. However, you may be looking to learn about how to get back on track.
Not all goals are met and everyone has experienced falling off track.
I’ve fallen off track, you’ve fallen off track – everyone has fallen off track with their goals before.
Whatever your case may be, you may be feeling a little upset that you were unable to reach your goals. You may have fallen off track with your plan, you may have completely forgotten about your goals, or you may even feel like you already failed.
No matter what your reasoning is for falling off track, there are plenty ways to get back on track with your goals and be successful with them. Don’t let this small hiccup prevent you from trying again!
Below are some of the many ways you can learn how to get back on track. Yes, you can end 2015 strong and reach the goals you have been trying for. Whether you have financial, health, career, or other goals, the tips below can help you reach them.
Find smaller ways to stick to your goal.
Many fall off track when it comes to their goals because sometimes the steps they are taking are just too big to take on a daily basis. This may cause a person to ignore their goal because they are feeling lazy (we’ve all felt this!), tired, and so on. This can then spiral out of control and cause a person to fall off track.
Forgetting about your goal for just a short period of time may contribute to you completely falling off track.
A better idea for those days when you aren’t feeling like working towards your goal is to take smaller steps. This way you won’t completely forget about your goal and you also won’t feel like you have entirely given up on it. This will make days when you’re feeling “off” much better to deal with.
Several examples so that you can learn how to get back on track include:
- If you are trying to eat in more, try cooking meals ahead of time such as by taking part in a batch freezer cooking session. This way you have something to turn to on the days when you don’t feel like cooking.
- If you’re not feeling like working out, then do something small instead. Try to fit in some squats, lunges, jumping jacks, or whatever else while you are cooking a meal, watching TV, or getting ready.
- If you are trying to reach financial goals but are feeling overwhelmed, you may want to start automating as much as you can, using sites such as Personal Capital to help you stay on track, and so on. This can make reaching your financial goals a little easier.
I recommend that you check out Personal Capital (a free service) if you are interested in learning how to get back on track with your financial goals. Personal Capital is very similar to Mint.com, but much better as it allows you to gain control of your investment and retirement accounts, whereas Mint.com does not. Personal Capital allows you to aggregate your financial accounts so that you can easily see your financial situation, your cash flow, detailed graphs, and more.
Due to the fact that you’ve fallen off track with your goal, I’m going to assume that you may not have found the correct ways to stay motivated.
Finding motivation can be a hard task for anyone. However, motivation is key if you want to learn how to get back on track. Motivation will help you continue to work hard towards your goal, even when it seems impossible. It’s what keeps you going so that you do not quit.
Without motivation, some would give up on their goals very easily. This is why it’s so important to stay motivated.
There are many ways to motivate yourself so that you can learn how to get back on track with your goals. The many ways include:
- Create a vision board and make it visible for you to see on a normal basis.
- Make it a friendly competition (read more below).
- Find ways to reward yourself as you get closer to your goal.
Make it a friendly competition.
One great way to motivate yourself is to make it a competition. Finding an accountability partner can make reaching your goals a somewhat easier and more fun process.
This is because you won’t be going at it alone, you’ll have someone to talk to who is going through a similar process as you, you’ll have someone else pushing you to succeed, and more.
There are many ways to find an accountability partner. An accountability partner can be someone you know, such as a friend, family member, coworker, and so on. An accountability partner can even be a stranger, such as someone you met online who has a similar goal.
Create a blog and learn how to get back on track.
I say this all the time, but I truly believe that a blog can help a person get ahead with their goals. When there are others reading along and witnessing your journey, you will feel much more motivated to be successful.
I have heard other bloggers say this as well. When everything is out there and public, you don’t want to create a post that basically says “I failed.” Instead, you will be motivated and you will want to push as hard as you can so that you can show others that you’re successful.
I honestly don’t know what kind of financial situation I would be without my blog either. My blog helped me get on track with my finances, it helped me stay motivated because of the great blogging community, and more.
If you are interested in starting your own blog, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own for cheap, starting at only $3.49 per month (this low price is only through my link) for blog hosting. In addition to the low pricing, you will receive a free blog domain (a $15 value) through my Bluehost link if you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting.
Think of a new plan.
If you are off track with your goals, your last plan most likely did not work. You may have created a plan that was too strict, too loose, unrealistic, or something else.
You should create a plan that details the steps you need in order to reach your goal, what will happen as you reach each step, when and how you will track your progress, and more. Being detailed with your plan will help you reach your goal and become successful.
Then, after you check in on your progress of your plan, you might find that you need to make changes in order to reach your goal. You may decide to change your timeline, your goal entirely, or you might set different smaller goals in between your timeframe.
You should always make sure your goal is what you want and that it is realistic, so completing this step is important.
In the end, you really just need to start if you want to learn how to get back on track.
Whether you never really began in the first place or if you took a break, you eventually need to start again. Until you do, no progress will be made.
Get out there, start working towards your goal as soon as you can, and be successful. Once you start, it will be much easier to reach your goal. It’s always those beginning moments that are the hardest.
You can do it. Good luck!
What are your current goals? How are you doing with them? Are you trying to learn/understand how to get back on track?
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