By this time of year many of us will be feeling the burden of creating lofty goals and undelivered results. The response by many is simply to give up….throw in the towel….with thoughts that there must be something wrong with us. Although new beginnings can be marked by the beginning of a new year, season or other symbolic events, we can choose to start a new beginning each and every time we fall by choosing to get back up. Rather than abandon your goals, here are our top 7 tips to help you get your goals back on track.

1. Look at the failure as a set-back, understanding that set-backs are always part of a journey towards attaining your goals and an opportunity to learn and move even faster. Take some time to reflect on what was behind the set-back and make adjustments to your plan. The path to success is rarely a straight line and you can take the experience and become stronger each time you decide to get back up.

2. Break your goal down into smaller attainable goals, creating a momentum that brings you closer with each step. When we celebrate what we’ve accomplish, big or small, it fires us up to keep going. Set yourself up for a quick win and don’t think too far ahead. Make small steps, easily within your control, giving you some assurance that you’re moving in the right direction.

3. You don’t have to do this alone. Ask for help by finding sources of support, people who have traveled your journey and had success. Find an online group or community group or group of friends where you can network and ask questions and get great suggestions to lesson your falls.

4. Remember what’s really important to you. Yes, reaching your goal is obviously important, but before you go into a negative downward spiral, remember what’s really important and be grateful for them. Start your day off by giving thanks for the things that went right, manifesting more good things for yourself each and every day.

5. Use a positive visualization to train your brain and focus your thinking. Visualize yourself achieving your goal. Feel what it would be like achieving it and then spend your day walking around like you’ve already met your goal.

6. Take stock of your many gifts and embrace them. Ask yourself how those gifts can help you achieve your goal rather than focusing on what you’re not good at. Leverage the positive, finding people who are not as far along in your journey as you are and help them. If you are having trouble identifying your gifts, they will help you.

7. Have faith. You are where you are meant to be at this place in your journey. Live in the present and remember that success is just around the corner. Many give up too soon, just short of taking the step that launches them towards the last defining moment that brings happiness.

You can’t make a change in your life if you keep doing the same thing. A definition of insanity we’ve heard is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Don’t give up……make a change, no matter how big, and know that no one is holding you back but yourself.