Are you struggling with reaching your goals with all this chaos? It's hard to stay focused enough to keep working towards our goals and that can make it difficult to achieve them. There are so distractions such as work (especially now if you have to work from home), family, or technology and say that's the reason why we have a hard time concentrating on our goals.
Despite our best intentions and efforts, it can be challenging to stay on track!
A recent study at the University of Hertfordshire revealed that nearly 50% of people make a New Year's resolution that includes a meaningful goal, but over 78% of people will fail to maintain their focus and achieve that goal.
While these are daunting statistics, the good news is that there are a few simple steps that you can take to help you stay focused and make significant progress during this time.
Here are easy strategies to use the next time you're feeling distracted from your goals:
1. Narrow your list. Create a priority for each. Instead of trying to focus on too many goals, narrow it down to 1-3 priority goals that you hope to achieve within the year or quarter. This ensures that you aren't spreading yourself too thin and, as a result, losing your motivation.
2. Chunk down each of your major goals into smaller pieces. You'll feel less overwhelmed when you break up a large goal into a series of smaller steps, each with specific, achievable tasks and schedule within a timeframe. This makes reaching your ultimate goal that much more actionable. As you accomplish each step, it helps you to maintain your momentum and enthusiasm for achieving your goal by celebrating your successes along the way.
3. Have an accountability buddy. Rely on relationships with friends who will hold you accountable for your progress. Find one or more friends that you can share your experiences with as you work towards your goal. Ideally, this person will be someone who can encourage you when obstacles arise and celebrate your successes with you along the way.
When you have a goal buddy, you're no longer "on your own" in your journey. You're less likely to allow yourself to lose focus and become distracted when you have someone who's encouraging you.
4. Record and document your process with planner. Start a journal and write about your experience as you pursue your goal. Writing down your thoughts is a great way to maintain your motivation to the end.
5. Create either a physical or virtual goal board. Your goal board is a visual reminder of why you created a particular goal in the first place. Take a poster board, bulletin board, or electronic platform, and fill it with pictures and other images that help you maintain your enthusiasm and focus. Don't be afraid to reach for the stars, but keep it at
A goal board also makes it easier to visualize how you'll feel once your goal is complete. In effect, it gets your subconscious mind "on board" with your plan to reach your goal. You want your entire psyche working with you to achieve your goal. It takes hard work and consistent effort to achieve major goals. You can maintain your passion and motivation to make your dreams come true with these simple, focus-maintaining strategies.
You can do this!