6 Effective Ways to Help You Stay Committed to Reaching Your Goals

The will and determination to push through any obstacles in order to succeed is a quality that will take one far in the professional world. While many people can make goals or plans for something they want to achieve, few actually end up doing so – those who commit themselves until the very end are the ones who truly succeed.

Having a strong determination and being persistent are crucial when working in the professional world, no matter what your career is. It can be easy to hold yourself back due to worries of failure, a lack of motivation, or the potential struggle that lies on the path to accomplishing your goals.

However, if you want to change your life and succeed at what you set out to do, you must be able to persist until the very end, no matter what lies ahead. With that in mind, here are six effective ways you can become more determined and committed to achieving your goals.


1. Define Your Goals and What You Want to Achieve

The first step is understanding what you want to succeed in or achieve. Having a clearly defined goal or set of goals will keep you focused and leave little room for uncertainty in what you are going for.

Think about everything you want to do or achieve – no matter how hard it might seem right now – and write all of it down on a list. Of course, these goals or desires may change with time, but what matters right now is knowing exactly what you want to achieve. This needs to come first before working towards the path to success.

2. Find What Motivates You to Push Forward

Now that you know what it is you want, you need to start thinking about why. The fact of the matter is that we are motivated to do or accomplish something when we have a strong reason to do so. Otherwise, it can be easier to lose sight of your goals or wants and you’ll end up wanting to give up when things get more difficult.

By having a reason to keep going, you’ll have the strength you need to push yourself forward, especially when you’re struggling. For example, let’s say you wanted to make your own non-profit organization – those take a lot of time, hard work, and commitment to grow and develop.

Though, if you feel strongly that you want to help others in need and make a difference in the world through your own hands, you’ll be able to push yourself to make that difference.

3. Make an Action Plan

After clearly defining what you wish to accomplish and figuring out the reasons why you want to push yourself to do so, you need to determine how you’ll get there. As such, you need to write out an action plan that goes through each step you need to take. By doing so, you’ll have much less trouble achieving your desires, as you’ll have planned out the path you need to take.

Having a strong action plan means putting in the research and making sure each step you need to take is specific and clearly defines what needs to be done. This is for your own benefit, so you’ll have less trouble or confusion down the line when trying to do those steps.

4. Don’t Give In to Negativity or Doubt

In life, the path to reach success is filled with struggles, failure, and hardships. In the face of these challenges, many people may give in to their doubts and think they will never make it. However, by doing so, they will never achieve what they desire.

If you want to stay determined and be able to achieve your goals, you need to stay positive and always focus on moving forward, no matter how bad things get. By keeping yourself out of a negative mindset, you can stay determined and press on in spite of the fears or doubts that may arise.

5.  Get Support From Others

Having people who can support or guide you as move along your path to success is an invaluable resource to have. Regardless of who you go to for support, make sure that they have a positive mindset and can be honest with you when they give advice.

While it is important to stay away from people who are negative or defeatist, you still need people who can keep you grounded and give you the facts. If you can find the right group of people who are supportive, constructive, and not biased in their judgement, you’ll have what you need to stay determined when you start to doubt yourself.

At the same time, you have a lot to learn from these people, as they can also help guide you along your path to success.

6.  Discipline Yourself and Practice Good Habits

Even if you’ve gone through what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, and how you will go about doing so, it can all be for nothing if you don’t have the discipline to keep yourself on the right track. You need to make a solid habit of putting in the work you need to do, especially when you face challenges or difficulties.

Plan out what you need to do each day and remind yourself about why you’re putting in all this effort if you start to lose motivation. By strictly following everything you prepared for yourself and not getting thrown off by anything that gets in your way, you will be able to reach success through your hard work.


Determination, persistence, and commitment to reaching your goals can take a lot of time, patience, and hard work. There will be many times where you might feel like giving in, and I can tell you right now that it won’t be easy at first. Though, you can reach your goals and make amazing changes in your life if you have the strength to stay committed.

Seeing as how many of us are at home or with family during this pandemic, try taking some time to reflect on what changes you’ve been wanting to make in your own life. Use the tips in this article and commit yourself to achieving your goals or desires. No matter what you end up pursuing in life, having determination and persistence means you won’t stop pushing until you make it through.

Published by Gerardo Lucena

Gerardo Lucena is a Junior at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He has programming experience in C++, and he has worked with Michigan Hyperloop and MRover during his first two years at the University.

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