Make a commitment
Whether you’re an elite athlete, a parent, or an investor saving for retirement, achieving your resolution starts with making a commitment, says De Sena. “When you commit, your excitement is at peak level. You feel happy, enthusiastic, and confident.”
Reinforce your commitment by sharing your goals with trusted friends and family members who can provide ongoing support and keep you focused. Moreover, by sharing your goals, you’re now accountable to both yourself and others.
Change your frame of reference
As you work to reach your goal, you will inevitably deal with setbacks, and your excitement and enthusiasm may dwindle. You may start to question yourself and your abilities.
“A lot of people quit at that moment,” says De Sena. “The difference between someone quitting and persevering is their frame of reference.”
To keep going, De Sena recommends getting out of your comfort zone. When a setback occurs, rather than taking a step backwards, challenge yourself to do the most difficult part of moving toward your goal. This helps build self-discipline so that, when that moment of doubt comes, you can persevere and stick with your game plan.
Just keep moving
De Sena has competed in hundreds of marathons and obstacle races, so it’s natural to assume that he jumps out of bed every morning motivated and ready to go. He says that’s not the case. “Just because I get stuff done doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with motivation,” he says. ” When it gets hard, you fight through the next few seconds, and then the next few seconds after that. Before you know it, you’ve made it through to the other side. It’s the people who keep moving that succeed in life.”
So whether your goals are personal or financial, keep pushing forward — after all, if they were worth setting, they’re almost certainly worth achieving.