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If you’re reading this blog, you probably have a new goal in mind; good for you! Whether it’s learning a new language, acquiring a new skill, or simply getting yourself to the gym every day, we as humans have this incredible drive to better ourselves. However, life tends to get in the way. Read on to find the best ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals.

Mentality

You already know what you want to accomplish, but have you thought about why this goal is important to you? The why aspect is what will help you continue to move forward, even when you’ve hit a wall. Write down your reasons why you want to make this dream a reality to remind yourself down the road when you’re feeling a lack of motivation.

Create a Plan of Action

To reach your goal, you’re going to need to make sure you’re heading in the right direction. Drawing out a plan of action will help you sort out what is a priority to the goal and what isn’t. This will help you envision what the future holds once you’ve achieved your goal.  

Make it a Priority

Hope is not a strategy. If it’s important to you, it might be time to rework your schedule to make sure you’re allowing enough time in the day to focus on the success of the goal. They say it only takes 21 days to create a habit. Make it a priority for three weeks and you’ll find by week 4, it’ll be habitual.

Shout it from the Rooftops

Okay, maybe don’t do that, but do make it a point to tell everyone you know about this new goal of yours. It can be your colleagues, your mom, your mailman, and anyone in between. By announcing your goal to the people around you, you’re more likely to stick to it for the sake of keeping your word.

Find an Accountability Buddy

Find a person who is going to keep you on track with reaching your goal. Someone who you see or talk to every day is ideal. Expect them to ask you about your progress and be honest with them about your improvement toward the goal. If you find yourself in a rut, just not moving forward the way you’d like, they can help you get back on track by reminding you of the bigger picture.

Track Your Progress

Measuring your progress is a great way to become more conscious of your movements toward your goals. Not only should you track your wins, but make sure you note any of your losses as well. This will help you know what does work and what doesn’t. Maybe you tried to take on too many tasks last week and failed to keep your goal as a priority. By marking this down, you’re able to reflect on this and how to avoid it in the future. It’s also beneficial to see all of your wins written down in one space. It can be very motivating for when you feel like you’ve lost steam!

And there you have it! Simple steps to making your dreams become a reality.