How to Set Goals and Be Motivated in 2018 133

How to Set Goals and Be Motivated in 2018

The following article is a guest post.

It’s almost the end of the year, and now is the time to start making your New Year’s Resolution lists and planning your goals for 2018. Your dreams can come true in the next year – but only with hard work and dedication.

According to statistics, only 8% of people stick to their resolutions throughout the whole year… Be one of those people!

In this article, we’ll share how you can make a great list of achievable resolutions and goals, and then break down the little ways you can motivate yourself every day.

Planning Resolutions and Goals

You must already have at least one resolution in mind by now, right? Well, write that down at the top of a sheet of paper. Then brainstorm all the other goals you want to achieve in 2018.

Think about whether you want to:

…Or anything else that you’ve got your heart set on.

Remember that these goals need to be achievable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. For instance, if it’s your eventual goal to buy a house, this may not become reality in just one year. A more reasonable goal would be to set a realistic budget for saving money each month – maybe 10% of your salary.

When you’re sure about your list, you now need to think of ways to keep you going with them for the entire duration of the year. As you probably know from previous resolutions, this is no easy task.

Read on for some suggestions from the experts about keeping yourself on track to conquering those goals.

6 Ways to Get Motivated

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1. Tell friends and family about your goals.

You’re more likely to stick to them if you’ve promised someone else you will! They will want to support you and act as your personal cheerleaders. If the going gets tough, call a loved one and ask for a pep talk.

2. Set a daily routine.

Get up early. Do some light exercise to get your blood flowing (stretching, a gym class, or walk to work instead of driving).

Drink a good coffee – try persuading your boss to install a Corporate Coffee Systems office coffee machine or Flavia coffee maker!

All these things will wake you up properly and get you set for a great day.

3. Surround yourself with things that inspire you.

Put up inspirational quotes or posters around your workspace. Listen to uplifting music while you work. Watch TED Talks by people who have achieved what you want to do.

4. Make a reward chart.

I know, this sounds cheesy; we’re not 5 years old anymore. But rewarding yourself for sticking to your goals spurs you on, and who doesn’t love a treat?

Maybe make a note in your diary. Or tick your calendar, for every day you’ve worked towards your goal and kept up your resolution (like, every day you haven’t had a cigarette). If you do this for a week straight, you get a treat of your choice.

5. Practice self-care.

Take time out of your day to pamper, read a good book, and turn off your phone.

Self-care includes banishing negative thoughts: push them aside and think of how happy you’ll be when you reach that goal.

In addition to point 4, don’t be harsh on yourself if you slip up from your resolution. If you missed exercising for one day and ate pizza instead, that’s OK – one time won’t hurt you!

6. Do things that NEED doing first.

When working towards your goals, there will be things you don’t particularly want to do, but MUST be done in order to achieve the dream.

Say, you want to get that scholarship – so you need to write some long, thankless essays. Get those big ones out the way first. Lock yourself down until it’s done. Then be sure to relax and reward yourself afterward.

Now get your list from earlier, put it on your fridge, and start changing your lifestyle for the better!

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.