Whether you want to have a more active lifestyle, save and make more money, or eat healthier, setting realistic goals can be a great way to accomplish what you want for yourself. While there are many people who have given up on creating New Year’s resolutions because they so often fail to accomplish them, there are several important benefits to setting goals. They can boost motivation, leave you feeling more confident than ever, and foster satisfaction in your life. 

With these three tips, setting goals won’t leave you feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed. In fact, they’ll actively help you on your journey to creating and achieving the life you want. 

Prioritize What You Want

The main reason why most goals fail is that people set too many of them, so the first thing you should do is evaluate what your priorities are. Once you identify what you want to accomplish most, you will be able to form goals that you are truly passionate about. 

You need to set goals that match you, so take some time to think about them. Do your goals fit into your life now? Do they complement each other? How do they fit into your long-term goals? What steps can you take today to start achieving them?

When people make goals, they often make them based on the life they want to have or the person they want to be, but this is why they usually fail. Because these goals rely on an idea of something currently untrue, they end up being unattainable, too. By prioritizing what you want most from your life, you set yourself up for success from the beginning of the process.

Create New Habits 

To achieve your goals, you need to start by creating new habits to support them. For example, let’s say your most important New Year’s resolution is to read more books. Think of a few ways to incorporate reading into your routine by making it a habit. Consider taking 15 minutes of your time to read every night before bed, or bringing a book with you when you take the bus to work. 

According to James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, every person’s life is the result of their habits. Not only do they either help or hinder your progress towards achieving a goal, but they also inform the person you become and the things you believe. The best way to form a new habit is to make it as attractive as possible by giving yourself a sufficient reward once it is completed. For example, every time you take the time to read for 15 minutes before bed, consider rewarding yourself with your favorite tea or bedtime snack. The more you reward yourself for completing a small step towards your goal, the more likely you will be to repeat the behavior. 

Find Joy in the Process

Another reason why many goals fail is that people go about achieving them with the wrong mindset. So many of us see our goals in black and white—we think that if we don’t immediately accomplish what we set our minds to, then we have failed. But this isn’t true at all. Not only can you still achieve a goal even if you forget to work towards it every once in a while, but you are probably giving up on your goals because you have this mindset in the first place. 

To combat this, search for things you enjoy about the entire process. Focus on the reason why you set this goal in the first place and prioritize this feeling. Setting goals is about more than just the final result; it’s about enjoying the process.

Setting habits doesn’t need to be overwhelming and unmotivating. Created effectively, they can help you develop the life you want, leave you feeling more confident, and even boost satisfaction in your current situation. Follow these three tips to come up with some excellent and attainable goals!