There’s so much talk about goal-setting these days that it can be a little overwhelming. The truth is, though, that a lot of people start to fizzle out with their New Year’s resolutions just a couple of weeks into the year (and hey, if that’s you- no judgment.) 

Exert Maximum Willpower to Crush Your Goals

One of the biggest reasons people fall short is simply a lack of willpower. Thankfully there are a couple of hacks you can use in order to increase your willpower and give you the best possible chance of achieving your 2017 goals even if you fell off track recently.

Here’s what you can do to achieve your goals with maximum willpower.

Get an Accountability Partner

Accountability partners can be free (a buddy working towards a similar goal or even an unrelated one) and you check in with each other as often as you need to. I recommend checking in at least once a week, although more serious individuals might do daily. You can find a friend or a partner in a Facebook group if you don’t know someone in your immediate circle.

There are also plenty of paid accountability partners who can help you achieve maximum willpower, too. A personal trainer or a business coach is a great example, and both can push you to new heights you didn’t know you were previously capable of.

Track Yourself Daily

This works really well if you have a daily goal like writing, reading, meditating, or exercise. Get a printed calendar and draw an X over each day that you accomplish your goal. Building a streak makes it easier to keep up with the momentum, even if you’re having a day where you really don’t feel like doing your task. Who wants to break the chain?

You can trick your brain into doing the task simply by making it seem like there’s a lot to lose if you miss it. Build up your good habits this day and make it be a visual with the fun associated with drawing an X.

Give Yourself Rewards

Here is where willpower gets tricky- if you’re dieting, for example, it’s hard to reward yourself sometimes without going off the deep end with the rewards. Choose something small to start with, then milestones as you go. Time off, nature hikes, lunches with friends, and other rewards are usually guilt-free and help you celebrate a minor or a major accomplishment.

Visualize the Moment

Sit back each day and really allow yourself to feel what it would be like to have your ultimate moment with this goal. Is it the first time you hit the beach for the summer with your newly muscled body? Would it be going on a book tour with your new hit fiction novel? Is it standing on the stage with your degree in hand? Pick a moment that you’re working towards, and visualize all aspects of that moment. What will it sound like? Feel like? What outfit will you be wearing? What words will be said?

This is a great method for helping you get back on track, too. It’s okay to go slightly off the wagon, but use these tricks again to get back on track. Soon enough, you’ll find that you can easily maximize willpower by setting yourself up for success.