Why your goals won’t make you happy, but you should still set them

  1. Write them down, so they become more concrete.
  2. Pin them up somewhere so that you’ll be reminded of them everyday.
  3. Write down why they are important to you, so that you’re clear what your motivation is.
  4. Share your goals with a friend or coach and give them weekly progress updates. One study found that if you do that, you are twice as likely to achieve them.
  5. Turn your goal into a habit. For example if you want to get fit your habit might be to run three times a week.
  6. Make your habit tiny and build up. If you want to start blogging, make your goal just to write the first sentence. This helps you get over the biggest psychological barrier, which is just getting started.
  7. Decide when you’ll do it. If your aim is to contact 10 new clients a week, you might decide to do this first thing on a Tuesday morning.
  8. Celebrate every step of the way. Reward yourself with your favourite song, a nice coffee or a high five with a nearest person, each time you make progress, to reinforce the feel good factor.

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