In an article at Health.com, Heidi Reeder, PhD counts down five basic ways to commit to your goals. It begins with defining your commitment. You want to define it as vividly as possible, and include both the “what” and the “why” of the commitment. Next, build a list of all the reasons big and small that make attaining this goal so enticing, in addition to a list of ways to make reaching your goal more fun. Refer back to these lists whenever your resolve is dwindling. After that, make a list of the things that can get in the way of committing to your goal. Decide which of these impediments you can simply accept, and which ones you want to brainstorm a strategy to remove. When things really get going, you then want to take an inventory of how much you have invested so far—time, talent, emotion, money. It will encourage you to keep going, and also to think of more ways to invest in reaching your goal. Finally, think about the distractions that steal away your time from working on goals, and become mindful of them. Either vent them out of your life, or find ways to reschedule the distractions.
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