Remember your New Year’s resolutions — those ambitious goals you set at the beginning of the year? Whether they were professional or personal, big dreams or little wins, they very likely had growth and motivation in mind.
With the final quarter of the year upon us, it’s never been a better time to revisit these goals. Here are some expert ways you can find the motivation to achieve all you set out to accomplish this year.
Tap into expert insight
One of the best books on the subject of goal-setting is “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. This book addresses how to stay motivated so that you can prioritize your ambitions. A No. 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, New York Times bestseller, and USA Today bestseller with a dozen book awards, “The ONE Thing” helps readers focus their energy on one thing at a time to live more rewarding lives. Whether your goals are related to your career, finances, health, or relationships, this book is a great resource for tapping into the kind of motivation that’s destined to achieve them.
We all know that happiness is linked to productivity. Prioritize your happiness (the goals you set are very likely designed to make you happy, after all). The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which launched in 1938 and is the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted, found there are four key secrets to hacking your own happiness. The study traced people from their teenage years into old age and offers insight into what defines a good life. The findings reveal that happy people nurture good relationships, are not self-absorbed (they invest in things outside themselves), surround themselves with good groups of people, and do not worry about what others think. You can learn more about the findings here.
Let it go
This might sound counterintuitive but one of the best ways to achieve your goals is to take a break from focusing on them. Research has proven that even taking ‘micro-breaks‘ are healthy when it comes to our productivity and motivation. During these last few months of the year, prioritize your well-being. Make space. Take breaks. You may find yourself more energized and focused on your goals once you step away from them for a bit.
Start It Sunday
This is an obvious one, but setting yourself up on Sunday for a productive, healthy, and happy week ahead is one of the best ways to achieve your goals. For inspiration on how other leaders, entrepreneurs, and career coaches get their weeks underway, check out these Start It Sunday stories. Want more? Head over to Instagram and share how you power up for the week ahead. Tag @forcebrands and use the hashtag #StartItSunday in your reel.