Give yourself a reason to celebrate by repeatedly meeting your goals. Staying on course with your goal commitments is not just about taking the individual steps themselves, but also about providing the most supportive environment possible for success.
Any goal takes work. When you commit to changing a habit, it takes time to establish and really pay off. You literally have to learn it until it becomes natural. Something that appears to be a small change, like eating more fruit and vegetables, requires changes to many different supporting behaviors. You may have to shift your shopping routines so that you have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand. Perhaps you have to learn new ways of preparing dishes. You might even need some new kitchen equipment. In addition to this, you need to adapt to how your body adjusts to a new diet – maybe you will get hungry more quickly. Break down at any one of these points may lead to not meeting your goal that day.
Other goals like publishing a best-selling book may require learning new skills, making new contacts, and establishing a routine that gets what you want to communicate down on paper. Not stepping up to anyone of these sub-goals may mean you never reach the finish line.
One way to bring additional support to your goals is by taking advantage of one of many applications designed to keep you on track. These self coaching tools provide support that ranges from prompts and activities to increase goal related awareness to data to assist you in overcoming challenges. Read MoreTop Twenty Habit and Goal Apps to Support Getting It Done: Part 1 apps for smart devices »