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Make Your Goals Happen in 2021

Those who succeed in accomplishing big goals often practice similar behaviors. Since "like behaviors" often produce "like effects," consider the following:

  1. Write down your goal and action steps to accomplish it.
  2. Evaluate changes needed in your life to facilitate realization of the goal (e.g., creating a new routine that produces massive action).
  3. Create methods to make the goal "top of mind." You have many goals—important, urgent, big, and small. Each competes for your time and attention. So, preventing defocus and distraction is critical to keeping your goal ever present. If focus does not happen, you risk losing the momentum created the day you decided on your goal.
  4. Act on tasks during the time of day when you have the most pep. Many goal-slayers start early in the morning and practice an early-to-bed, early-to-rise routine (the "5 a.m. Club"). If you’re nodding off while working, it’s likely that you haven’t figured out this step. Getting up early helps curb procrastination and provides precious time early, even on weekends, without interfering with work-life balance or risking burnout. Energy, ideas, answers, and motivation are often found in social groups, so hanging out with like-minded goal seekers can be helpful, and those who want to win can keep you focused, but avoid open-ended groups that lack structure and purpose.
  5. Reward yourself at incremental steps and measurable milestones along the way.

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 2/25/2021

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