Imagine you are excited about a new goal. Day one: You are rocking it! Day two: It was a challenge, but you did fine. Day three: Okay, you forgot today, but tomorrow for sure. Day four: . . . What was the goal again? 

Does this sound like you? Don’t worry: You are not alone. About 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Setting goals is fun, but sticking with them is a challenge. With these steps, however, you will know how to cope with failure, evaluate your goals, and overcome obstacles to finally succeed!

Be Kind to Yourself

If you break one of your resolutions, avoid the tendency to be self-critical; that will only make you feel discouraged and won’t get you any closer to your goal. On the other hand, being compassionate with yourself will make you more resilient, helping you bounce back quickly from failure. If you are struggling with a goal, consider taking a break for a little while and giving yourself time to recharge before starting again. After that, you will have a fresh view of things and be ready to try again.

Evaluate Your Goal

Perhaps one of the reasons you aren’t reaching your goal is because it needs to be modified. Maybe it is too unrealistic to be motivating or too broad to keep track of. Take another look at your goal, and consider using the SMART acronym to evaluate whether or not it is a helpful one. It should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Setting goals the right way will motivate you to keep them.

Identify Obstacles

There might be specific roadblocks preventing you from reaching your goal. Take some time to think about what gets in the way, and then make specific plans to move past those obstacles. This is one of the most easily missed steps of setting goals and can make a world of difference in your success.

We value the success of our residents at Highland Pinetree Apartments and want you to keep progressing towards your goals. If you have been setting goals and failing to stick with them, don’t worry. By being kind to yourself, evaluating your goal, and identifying the obstacles in your way, you will be in a better position to try again and actually reach your goals!