Before beginning to create your new year plans, it’s momentous to evaluate the current year plans. Here’s the question, how many of them were achieved at least halfway through?
No matter how organised and clear the plan is, most people are facing difficulties in sticking to them until they become a habit.
Where do you think the issue is? It could be either our plan or the way we try to achieve them. In other words, the system that we use to stick to being on track.
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Let’s assume that you have this great plan with all the breakdowns and deadlines. It’s so clear and detailed. Nothing seems to be wrong with your plan. Yet, if you are struggling to stick with your plan for at least a week or two, the problem could be within yourself. That’s why you need to build this strong foundation in your mind before jumping into any new routine.
How To Make a Strong Mindset To Stick with Goals?
As I mentioned earlier, it’s really important to adjust our mind and brain before we introduce anything new to our daily routine.
• Analyse yourself
First, you need to have a better understanding of yourself. It can be integral to do a full scan of your thoughts, ambitions, desires, strengths as well as weaknesses. You can make your own questionnaire or I have made this amazing digital questioner that you can answer using any device (phone, tab or computer). Or else you can use it as a printable.
There are 30 questions that you need to answer and after answering these questions read them several times until your mind grasp a clear idea of yourself. You can use this questionnaire for separate goals/plans. You can download it from here.
At the end of this small exercise, you will realise how important your goals are and how badly you want to achieve them. On the other hand, you will identify some goals or new year resolutions that you have made just to impress others or just because someone else is doing it. In that case, this questioner can save your precious time of spending on something that doesn’t give any value to your life.
• Make the mind feel your goals
It’s so easy to manipulate the mind. Before jumping into any new thing, if you can impress your mind with the end feeling or the feeling of accomplishing your goals, it could be so much easier to stick with your plan. Now you will think that how can I impress my mind with the accomplishment feeling without really accomplishing it. The solution is simple. Use visualization.
In here, don’t just visualise the things you need to achieve. Make it feel to the bottom of your heart, bones and your stomach. I think you can get what I’m trying to say in here. Picture the happiness and content that you will gain after achieving your goals and feel it. Sometimes, little teardrops will come out from your eyes, a little smile will appear on your lips and you will even get goosebumps when you do the visualizing. Use your imagination and creativity. If you really want to achieve your goals, this won’t be harder because, by the time you create your resolution list, you must have pictured this one or many times. That’s why you have included this thing into your new year plan.
Remember, the first impression is so important.
• Set mind reminders
After prepping the mind, your task is not done yet. Mind is a tricky thing and if you lose the touch or control, it will start to control you. Once you start to execute your plan you must always remind your mind to keep on track. Our mind doesn’t like to do things that are beyond our comfort zone. It always tries to avoid changes and tries to be comfortable as much as possible. Therefore, it’s essential to set everyday reminders to make your mind know its duty or the responsibility. It’s like creating a daily to-do list for your mind.
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Daily Journaling comes in handy for this. Before starting your day, write down the daily plan that you have set in order to achieve your main goal. The most important thing is, you must write this in present tense and descriptively. This is not just a to-do list. Always try to elaborate the accomplishment feeling with words and try to feel it as if it has already happened.
But, if you are a lousy journaling writer, you don’t have to do it. Instead, you can use daily affirmations and read them out loud until your mind hears them. Create your own affirmation cards and keep them in front of your mirror. Then read those affirmations until you feel them. It doesn’t matter how many times you read. It should boost your energy to start the day by sticking with your daily plans.
The other benefit of using these affirmation cards is, you can use them whenever you feel that you are losing interest in sticking to the plan or you are going to give up on them. Therefore, it’s better to make card sets to carry with you.
Creating a vision board or dream board and keeping it in a place where you can constantly see is also a good way of reminding your plans and goals.
• Give some break
Breaks are really important when it comes to sticking in with anything. I know it’s your dream to achieve these goals in a limited time. But you must give some break to your mind every once in a while. Don’t push it to get what you want. You can’t achieve anything overnight. You must give your mind some time to do a quality job. It deserves it. You don’t have to achieve something every day. If you are exhausted by the process, take a break and start over. The only thing you need to keep in mind is, not to lose control of your mind. You can implement a rest day in your plan and use these days to watch a movie or go outside with friends and family or do whatever brings you joy. The energy you gather within these rest days is like fuel to your car. It will keep you going on track and help to stick to your plans.
Always keep in mind to start over whenever you feel to give up. You don’t have to start from the place where you stop. You can always start over from a different perspective that makes you more excited and keep you stay on track.
John Norcross, a psychology professor at Scranton University and author of “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions says “it takes about three months for a change to become routine. After six months, about 40 percent of people will stick to their resolutions. If you make it to then, you’re likely to maintain your resolution for life — but you need an actionable plan to get there”.