How to Stick to Your Hubbing Goals

Very few people establish New Year’s Resolutions that they actually stick to, which is a shame.

Though year-long goals can be intimidating and hard to hang on to through life’s twists and turns, there are still simple things one can do to significantly increase one’s chances of actually following through on one’s objectives, be they big or small.

When transitioning from 2012 to 2013, be sure to…

Make goals you care about

Many people make the mistake of establishing goals they don’t actually care about. I might hear, for example, that it is a good idea to “be healthy”, and so when people ask me what I will be striving for in 2013, I may just say “Oh, I want to live a healthier life”, but unless health is a particularly urgent concern in my life or a subject about which I am particularly passionate, I will not have the motivation I need to keep going when achieving this goal becomes even slightly inconvenient.

It is far better to establish goals that revolve around your passions, obsessions, and urgent desires. Things that will pull you through a long night or a hard day and almost always overcome that small “I can do this later” voice that so commonly drags goals into an untimely grave.

Make achievable goals

Another problem with a goal like “be healthy” is that it is too vague to really be achievable. How do I know when I have become healthy? What is “healthy”, anyway?

Goals that we can actually follow through on are discrete and attainable (though it is fine for them to be a challenge as well). The achievable version of a goal to get “healthy” might be “complete a marathon this year” or “lower my blood pressure to X amount” or “be able to jog for 90 minutes without stopping for rest”.

Break things down

Studies have found that breaking goals down into VERY SMALL pieces and turning them into habits can make them more attainable. Should you make a goal of writing eight Hubs every month, you might craft a regular Hubbing habit by starting with small goals and moving up.

An example of how you might start and progress:

  • After returning home from work, sit in front of your computer, open HubPages, and log into your account.
  • After returning from the gym write five sentences that can be used in a Hub
  • After finishing dinner, write three Text Capsules’ worth of information as a draft
  • After putting the kids to bed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, sit in front of your computer and publish a Hub

Get help

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How to Bounce Back When Sticking to Goals Gets Tough

The year is almost up- are you ready to embark on your goal-seeking quest?

Before you begin, let us address one final thing: setbacks. I bet you have some awesome objectives, and want to be sure that unexpected twists or a lack of inertia stop you from achieving them.

After all, people would not achieve amazing feats, such as making it to the peak of high mountains and winning major wars, if they turned back at the first sign of trouble.

Here are three things you can to do push back against the challenges you’ll face as you pursue your 2013 goals:

Expect setbacks

Setbacks are inevitable. By expecting and planning for them, we can keep unexpected hardship from derailing us entirely. While it is impossible to know exactly what setbacks you will encounter, it is easy enough to build leeway and protection into your goals.

Even if you cannot completely plan for a setback, simply expecting complications will make it easy to bounce back when they come. Anyone can bounce back from a shattered goal-achievement process so long as one wasn’t depending on a finished piece that didn’t have a bit of glue holding it together.

Regularly check in

Some goals are not derailed by setbacks, but rather inertia. Either one does not see as much immediate positive feedback as one expects, or one simply loses focus.

One thing you can do to avoid this folly is to schedule regular goal checkups. Have a friend check in with you, or schedule times to evaluate yourself, as the days, weeks, and months of your goal achievement process progress.

In the past, I have written letters to myself in the future to be opened at specific dates. When I receive those letters (full of hope from my past self about achieving some sort of goal) I feel all the more compelled to continue my work and not let her down.

After all, we all secretly hope that our past selves would be proud of our present selves, right?

Don’t give up; adjust

Finally, when the going gets tough, don’t give up- just adjust! Say you lose an entire month of your goal-achievement journey due to illness or an unexpected family emergency. Don’t let that setback stop you from striving. Simply move your timeline back, scale down your workload, and keep on moving,

The only thing you should not change is your persistence and optimism! With a hearty dose of those, you can most certainly win!

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