At the beginning of the year, numerous people busy themselves with new goals and new years resolutions. They are incredibly motivated to change their habits, so they can start working towards their goals and aspirations.

Unfortunately, by this time of the year, lots of people have given up on their goals already. That is why I want to help you out with great tips on achieving goals quickly and effortlessly. I came up with these tips after I have undergone a physical rehabilitation program myself many years ago.

I’m sure you will be good to go by the time you’re done reading this article.

Why do we set goals?

We usually set goals because we want to better ourselves, or because we are not fond of our current living conditions.

Maybe there has been a sudden change in your work space, or you’ve lost your job. Perhaps you have a newborn, and therefore your energy levels aren’t where you want them to be. Or maybe you have lost a loved one, or have gone through a divorce.

Whatever it is that you want to change or whatever your struggle in life may be, there’s always a way to get out of it by setting appropriate goals towards your dreams. And then achieving them one by one until you reach your destination.



Tip 1: To reach your goal you must learn new things

Of course, you first have to get used to any new situation that comes your way and learn how to get accustomed to the new behavior patterns that come with setting new goals.

I had to deal with that numerous times in my life.  For example: the first few years I’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness, I banged my head against the wall several times. I have set some goals to work on my rehabilitation, but didn’t know my reduced physical limits yet and continued to push myself in the same way I used to.

As a result, I found myself getting worse by the day instead of getting better. The moment I realized I had to listen to my body and take some rest long, before I’ve reached my breaking point, things shifted, and I slowly started to stabilize.

Tip 2: Be prepared that all beginning is difficult

Expect a lot of hassle in the beginning when you learn something new. Since you set a new goal for yourself, it usually results in you learning new skills. Whether it is a new habit, a new (workout) routine, or just an old ingrained behavior that you want to get rid of. You will have to get used to a different situation, and that can cause some turmoil in the beginning. It can even seem like the new condition is even worse than the old one.

At the start of my rehabilitation stage, I had even more difficulties than I had before, during the months of severe illness. So be prepared that, if you set a goal and learn new habits in order to reach it, the situation may be challenging in the beginning. It may even seem worse than before.practice-makes-perfect  It is best to prepare this beforehand. Know it is going to be challenging when you start to accustom to your new habits.

I recommend thinking about approaches that make things easier, previous to starting your new habit.  For example, You have planned to start a new challenging workout routine and eat healthier. The chances are that, when you come home exhausted from your tough workout, it`s going to be tempting to buy take-out foods because you are too tired to prepare a meal. So make sure you prepare your meals ahead of time to reduce the risk of eating poorly due to your fatigue.

Tip 3: Learn and accept differences

When I was a few months in, the rehabilitation program started to get easier on my body. Gradually, my body became used to the exercises. I paid more attention to what was going on in my body, and I started listening to what it had to say.

I adjusted to this new way of life and learned to recognize the signs my body gave me. That enabled me to master this new exercise skills and to improve my stamina and endurance slowly but surely. Being diagnosed with a severe chronic illness made it extremely difficult for me to get into a new routine. Nevertheless, I managed to finish my rehabilitation program.

For me, it was essential to accept first and foremost, that I couldn’t perform high-intensity workouts or do heavy weightlifting anymore. And that I had to be content with doing some light cardiovascular activity and body weight exercises. So if you want to achieve your goal quickly, make sure that you learn to accept the differences between your prior way of doing things and your new ways and before you know it your goal will be achieved. For me this is the most important of all tips on achieving goals!

painterTip 4: Stay positive and enjoy the process

Even though the rehabilitation program was very painful for me in the beginning, I never lost my enthusiasm and smile. After being inactive for a long time, due to my illness, I was buzzing with excitement that I could finally get up and move again. So even though it was tough to accept my limitations at first, I never thought of giving up!

Many people are very motivated in the early stages, but as soon as they see that learning a new skill takes a lot of effort, they give up instead of continuing and overcoming the challenges.

If you keep smiling and remain enthusiastic and curious throughout the process, you will soon notice that things are becoming easier. Hence, you can even enjoy the journey towards your goals

So these were the most important lessons I`ve learned throughout my rehabilitation stage.

When you ever have a hard time, make sure you think back to these tips on achieving goals. I promise you that following these tips will make it much easier for you to continue on your path to achieving your goals and dreams!