Realize that people need different sorts of stimuli to help them stay motivated and reach a goal. What works for one person may not work for another. (For example, I HATE “writing tip” posts that insist writers should stop watching television. I watch maybe a couple of hours of TV a week, and I don’t recommend watching more than that, but I find TV–especially music videos–inspiring!)
In keeping with yesterday’s post, if you set a goal and come up with a plan for achieving it but find yourself consistently frustrated or not meeting your goals, ask yourself what needs to change. Sometimes the problem is that you’re setting the wrong short-term goals. If you get halfway through the year and realize that your novel isn’t coming together, you can change your goal system.