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We’re a couple of weeks into the new year, and so many of us take this time to set new goals for ourselves.  Call them resolutions, goals, etc., but it’s a great time to reevaluate what took place in the past year and look forward into the new.  Of course, any time of the year is a great time to set new goals for yourself.  We all know that setting goals is really only half the battle, but really sticking to them is the hard part.  We thought it was the perfect time to share some of our favorite tips on how to stay motivated and accomplish your goals – to help you stay true to those goals you’ve set for yourself.

Get Specific On How You Plan to Reach Your Goals
Whatever your goal(s) are, odds are it’s a pretty big picture type of goal.  Whenever we set big goals for ourselves, it’s really good to break that down into pieces and really get clear with yourself on exactly HOW you’re going to reach those goals.  What baby steps do you need to take in order to get to your goal?  What necessary changes do you need to make?  Are there certain things you need to do in order to reach that goal you’ve set?  Whatever it is, however big or small it’s essential that you get specific and realistic with yourself on exactly what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals.  When we set goals without really knowing or getting specific about what we need to do to reach them, it’s a lot harder to stay motivated – let alone accomplish them.  This way you have a more clear and realistic idea as to what needs to happen to help you get there.

Set Mini Goals
Getting deeper, once you’ve figured out what you need to do to accomplish your goals, many experts suggest setting mini goals for yourself to get you to that larger goal.  This gives you something to look forward to, and really to stay more motivated for yourself.  When we look at the bigger picture and goal, it’s easy to get discouraged or overwhelmed, but when we break things down into smaller goals, it’s a lot easier to work towards those smaller things first – especially as they help you build and grow to reach the ultimate goal.  Figure out how you can break things down into smaller goals and set realistic milestones for yourself.

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Plan Rewards
Of course we realize that whatever goal(s) you’ve set for yourself, is going to be rewarding when you reach them but it doesn’t hurt to give yourself a little bonus reward.  However, we’re all about giving yourself little mini rewards throughout the process.  Anytime you reach one of your smaller goals, think of a mini reward for yourself.  They don’t have to be major, think of little things that you enjoy and know would be incentive to push you towards working towards your goals.