To achieve more, transform the way you think about goals in three easy steps.

By Kaitlyn Pirie
Photo by Greg Scheidemann Pictures/Greg Scheidemann

Be Realistic

You’re a week into your new diet program and it’s already losing its luster. Before you give up, take a step back and make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew (literally). “Set realistic goals for a month into your new routine, three months in, and so on,” says JJ Flizanes, a holistic fitness and lifestyle coach, author and host of The Fit 2 Love podcast. “Most attempts to change habits fail because people do too much too soon and can't sustain the change. Focus on one thing at a time until it becomes a part of your regular routine, then move on to the next item on your wish list.” Once you break down your resolutions into manageable pieces, you can figure out exactly how to incorporate them into your daily routine.

Thing About Goals in a New Way

If, despite those refreshed intentions, you’re still not feeling motivated, set aside time every day to have a little meeting with yourself. “Rewrite your goals with gratitude as though you’ve already achieved them,” says May McCarthy, author of The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance. “For example, instead of saying ‘I want to lose 10 pounds,’ reframe it as ‘I am so grateful that I am physically fit, trim, toned and energetic in a pain-free body that easily moves through life.’” Read it aloud and really visualize yourself succeeding. “As you focus more of your time on your envisioned goals, your subconscious and intuition will illuminate more possibilities for you to achieve them,” says McCarthy.

Pay Attention to Your Feelings

Lastly, focus on your emotional well-being. “I'm not a huge proponent of making resolutions in the traditional sense—that word alone makes it like something HUGE, and impossible,” says Robyn Youkilis, a certified wellness expert and author of Thin from Within: The Go With Your Gut Way to Lose Weight. “Instead, I ask myself how I want to feel. Do I want to feel light? Strong? Grounded? Then I check in with my feeling each time I have a decision to make. I really stop and make sure it's something I need to do for the bigger picture.” Changing the way you think about goals can help you turn them into reality. If you’re still finding it hard to overcome deep-rooted excuses, here are 14 ways to get back on track.