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How to set goals and stick to them if you’ve ever found yourself setting goals but struggling to follow-through, we can assure that you are not alone. According to a study by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who set goals in the new year, achieve them. Frightening? We think so too but you don’t have to become a statistic.
According to the psychologist, Lynn Bufka, setting small, attainable goals, rather than one overwhelming ambition, is more effective in helping you what you strive for. Instead of planning to write a book in 2020, for example, aim to write just 300 words a day.
Imagining the result of what you’re setting out to achieve is a great motivation for sticking to it. The sooner you envision your end-goal, the clear your path to success will become. In Charles Duhigg’s, The Power of Habit, he writes about how Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, who was dubbed the most decorated Olympian of all time, was coached to replay a video in his mind, whenever he swam. There wasn’t a real video; it was his own vision of what winning looked and felt like. At every practice session, Phelps’ coach would ask him to recall the video until swimming to the finish line became automatic. This allowed them to track potential obstacles and come up with solutions to accelerate Phelps’ progress.
Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and author of Thrive, says that multitasking is the enemy of creativity and that eliminating distractions will improve your productivity drastically. “Really give your full attention to what you are creating,” she says.
Scientists believe that one’s will can be fatigued, just as muscles become weak after too much activity. One underrated way to train your willpower is to do consistent physical exercise, which will also make you feel better.