Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Posted on December 30, 2019 by Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc. in ARF Blogs
It will take more than simply setting a goal to achieve the outcomes you want in life!
It’s 2020 and the New Year’s resolutions have begun. Be honest, have you made any progress towards the goals you set for yourself this year? If you have, then you’re on track to grow into the person you want to be. If you haven’t, ask yourself why is that? Have you taken any tangible steps to make progress? A lot of the time when we make the decision to grow we have this ideal image of what the end product should be, but if you’re serious about growth you should know by now that it takes work and commitment. Setting small attainable goals over time will lead to gradual growth into the person you wish to be. IT WILL BE HARD!
To make your goals a little bit more obtainable, create SMART goals. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely are more likely to be met rather than goals that do not have any of those qualities. When you break your large goals into a steady and efficient timeline you will achieve small victories that propel you towards meeting and even exceeding your goals. Keep this in mind every time you set a goal and you're well on your way to becoming the best version of yourself.
Growth takes a lot more determination and discipline than people want to believe. Myth: It takes 21 days to build a habit. This myth was established in the 1960s and new research in 2009 has debunked that theory. According to new research it takes approximately 66 days to build or break a habit; 3x longer than conventionally believed (Lally et al., 2009).
To help yourself along the way, you should establish rewards every time you achieve a step towards your larger goal and you should also have a healthy way to cope with your own shortcomings (let’s be real, life can get in the way sometimes). We can all achieve the goals that we set for ourselves and nothing should deter us from growing into the healthiest version of ourselves! We live and make decisions for ourselves everyday. Set that timeline for your goal to be met and let’s push through 2020 knowing we’re going to be our most iconic selves.
Grohol, John M. “Need to Form a New Habit? Give Yourself At Least 66 Days.” World of Psychology, 29 May 2019, psychcentral.com/blog/need-to-form-a-new-habit-66-days/.