Today is known as ‘Blue Monday’, allegedly the most depressing day of the year. But by setting goals, you can boost your willpower and beat Blue Monday.

In reality, the concept of Blue Monday is actually just a marketing construct. The term first appeared in a press release issued by a holiday company in 2005.

That said, many people may feel a bit down today. The highs of Christmas and New year have faded and it can be a struggle to adapt to work routines.

To help you combat this, set goals to boost your willpower and get you motivated. Without goals, you are unfocused and the chance of being successful is severely reduced.

Here are 3 ways to set goals and beat Blue Monday:

1 Give yourself a target

You can have all the potential in the world, but without focus your abilities and talent are useless.

In the way that sunlight can’t burn through anything without a magnifying glass, you can’t achieve anything unless a goal is focusing your effort. Because at the end of the day goals are what give you direction in life.

By setting goals for yourself you give yourself a target to shoot for. This sense of direction is what allows your mind to focus on a target. Rather than waste energy shooting aimlessly, this allows you to hit your target and reach your goal.

2 Make yourself accountable

By setting goals you are also able to measure your progress because you have a fixed endpoint.

Goals provide mental boundaries. When you have a certain end point in mind, you stay away from certain distractions and stay focused towards the goal.

Some preparation like telling friends and family what you are trying to achieve and to help is very useful.

When you set a goal, you make yourself accountable to finish the task. This is in contrast with when you do things spontaneously and it doesn’t really matter whether you complete them or not.

3 Divide and conquer

Goals tend to stick in your mind if they are written down or reminders are set in your diary. All help to overcome procrastination and laziness.

If a deadline is three months away, cut it up into a several short-term goals. This will help you complete a piece of the larger long-term goal every week or even every day.

The underpinnings of getting anything done are based on goals. Goal setting provides the foundation for drive. With a goal in mind, you can visualise success and create how that might feel. Goals propel you forward providing a sense of speed and direction

Further reading:

Willpower: Discover it, use it and get what you want – by Ros Taylor

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