How to achieve your goals – Do you daydream where you see yourself doing something in the future, but know in your present situation that it’s only just a dream?
All of us want to achieve something in our lives. Whether it be a fitness goal, financial goal, or spiritual goal, we set goals in our lives thinking they become reality someday. But, the problem that many of us face when setting our goals is we rarely accomplish them.
Does this sound familiar to you?
For a very long time in my life, I set goals to achieve something that I feel would make me happier in my life. But the problem with me setting goals is, I always had a sense of drive when writing my goals down on paper, but when these goals are in place, I rarely achieved them.
The problem with my goal setting was I didn’t have a plan of attack. I would write the goals down that I wanted to achieve, but I didn’t have an action plan to achieve these goals.
But that all changed for me recently when I began goal planning with an actionable plan that I followed each step of the way. But I will talk about this plan late in the article.
So my question is, are there goals in your life that you wish you could achieve? If so, are you taking steps that will move you forward?
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Set Goals That Can Motivate You
When you are setting goals for your life, the most important thing to remember is, how does this goal motivate you?
How important is this goal to you, and is there value in achieving this goal?
If the goal is not that meaningful to you, you will have little interest in what the outcome will be. Or, the goal is irrelevant in the larger picture, that the chances of you putting in the effort to make them happen are slim.
Motivation is key to achieving your goals.
You've Got to Want it More Than You Don't Want It
Whether it’s money, energy, effort, patience, or resources, everything has a price.
While all of us would want great things to happen in our lives to not cost a thing, but with most things in life that we want, there is a cost associated with it.
For example, you want to get in the best shape of your life, while this is a great goal to have, the cost of getting into the best shape of your life is, sacrificing a lifestyle that you are used to right now.
The cost to you could be giving up fast food, desserts, or couch potato time binge-watching Netflix.
What about having a goal of being promoted to a new position with better pay?
The price you might pay is putting in extra hours at your workplace to be noticed as a valuable employee that management will do anything to keep you.
The point when you start seeing results is when you start to want your goal more than you dread the cost of reaching it.
Write Down Your Goals
The key to achieving your goals is to make sure you have written them down on paper, and the steps required to achieve them.
Don’t just say to yourself, “Today I am going to achieve my goals,” and not commit yourself to write them down. If you don’t write your goals on paper, then you really don’t have the drive to achieve them.
Just by writing your goals down, you’re leaps and bounds closer to achieving them.
An often-cited study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California, shows the true power of writing down your goals. She found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a daily basis.
Therefore buy yourself a daily planner, and a pen, and begin writing down your goals, and look at your planner daily to remind yourself of what needs to be accomplished today to get you one step closer.
Don't Force Your Goals On Yourself
Do you find yourself at work, having goals set for you by a superior, and have no drive to achieve them? The reason for this is these goals were not set by us, and therefore the drive to achieve them isn’t there.
Agreeing to a goal is known as, “goal acceptance.”
Studies have found that when goals are impossible, high accepters achieve them, but low and medium accepters tend to worsen their performance as the difficulty increased.
That’s why team-oriented goal planning works better than individual goal planning in a workplace setting. Why? Because the team is involved as a whole in the goal-setting process and can choose their objectives.
Compare this to a management team forcing goals on you without your input. If there is no input from you, your drive will not be there, therefore you won’t complete the tasks to achieve these goals.
Think in your personal life where you have expectations from family and friends about what you should be doing, if you don’t agree with these expectations, you will never follow through.
So when you’re focused on a goal, you have better chances of achieving them if you have input during the goal planning process.
Visualize the End Result
If you don’t visualize a result for your goals, you will steer off course and have a tough time getting back on the path.
A great way to stay motivated is by envisioning the change you want to see.
The key to visualization is to make sure you have a clear image in your mind of what your life will look like in days, weeks, months, or years time. By doing this, if you have a clear image of the end result, you won’t be flustered when the odd setback happens.
Also, when you set a goal and achieve that goal, celebrate your success and reward yourself.
Lose 20lbs and feel great? Treat yourself to a spa day. Complete a 10K race for the first time? Treat yourself to a spa day. I don’t know why I said spa day twice, maybe I need a spa day.
Don't Wait Take Action Now
Ideas are fresh in your mind so why wait? If you have the drive now, you need to take action today and every day forward to get you one step closer to achieve your goals.
If you want to win an Oscar in directing and acting, take action today by reading a book to improve your acting and directing skills, or even take an online course on filmmaking to improve your skills to achieve your dreams. Always keep one foot in front of the other.
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Keep Track Of Your Performance
I am a big believer in planning your work and working on your plan. The only way to do this is to make sure your results are measurables that you can see where you have come from in such a short time.
If you break down your goals, on paper, with small increments over time, with each measurable that is achieved, you will have the confidence to push through to the next measurable.
For example, say that you are running a 10K race in six months, is the goal to finish or have a better pace compare to a previous run?
If your goal is to finish the race, keep track of your progress with each day you run. If you run 2 miles more than the previous day, then mark that down. If you run a mile 10 seconds faster than the previous day, mark that down.
By keeping track of your progress daily, it will help you when times are tough, and mentally you have nothing in the tank. When you have nothing in the tank, you can look back at the progress you have made so far, and just chalk a bad day as a bad day and nothing else.
It’s tough when we all live stressful lives and heading towards the finishing line of a goal we want to achieve, we lose sight of the progress being made. Checking your progress can encourage you towards your final push to the finishing line.
Find Out The Cause Of Procrastination
I am the King of Procrastination. I find myself distracted a lot throughout the day, and when I am looking at my goal planner, I tend to think that watching tv would be better than focusing on what I need to do next to achieve my next goal.
It’s tough fighting that feeling to procrastinate and forget about what is the next step in our plan to achieve our goals.
Since I stall on a lot on chores that I don’t like doing, that when I have that urge to procrastinate, I think to myself what really is going on in my head.
Do you find yourself the same way? If so, what is going on in your head that is causing procrastination?
Are you bored? Scared? Frustrated?
By figuring out what is going on in your brain at that moment, can help you figure out what you need to resolve to get back on track.
Make a Pledge to Yourself
You are the one goal-setting, and you are the one that matters.
You are the one that has to read books to improve your filmmaking skills. You are the one that has to put in countless hours at the gym to better condition yourself for the next race. You are the one that has to stay in the office for extra hours to get that promotion you want.
It is you, and you need to commit to yourself and keep re-committing yourself each time you fall because life happens.
So when the going gets tough, pledge to yourself that you will push through to succeed in your goals.
Work on Your Mindset
If you are a “glass-half-empty” person, then you need to change your mindset before you tackle your first goal.
Having a positive mindset and bringing that energy to aspects of your life, including your thoughts about how you will accomplish your goals will help make achieving those goals easier.
Want to bring a more positive mindset to your life?
Read inspirational books, hang out with other motivated people, and believe in your abilities. Work on your positive attitude at every opportunity.
Always keep improving your positive mindset daily, as it should remain a lifelong process.
Create an Extensive Action Plan
To learn how to achieve goals, you must create a roadmap for every objective.
I remember a Tony Robbins conference I went to that he mentioned to think of yourself as your own personal coach, cheerleader, and strategist.
With every goal you pursue, develop a Large Action Plan that not only details your results and a series of activities but also unites your purpose to the goal.
When you join your emotions with achieving goals, you’ll stimulate your brain’s ability to focus on what means the most to you.
Study Time Management
When you have written down your goals and steps to achieve them, it’s now time to get busy and go to work.
Getting started on your goals requires foresight.
Remember, we want to avoid burnout and spinning our wheels on unuseful activities.
Time management is essential to make important progress toward our goals.
If you have heard of the 80/20 rule, it can be applied to everything we do. When it comes to time management, the 80/20 rule works perfectly.
With 80% of the results achieved came from 20% of the actions to get there.
What that means is, if you had a to-do list of ten tasks, two of them will be worth more than the other eight.
This is the reason why many people lose productivity or don’t accomplish their goals because they stall on the most important items and waste time on the less productive tasks.
Reward Yourself for Your Efforts
I wrote about this earlier, but I will dive into it more, research shows that you are more likely to reach your goal if you reward yourself for that habit change along the way.
Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power Of Habit, talks about what is called a habit loop. There are three steps to the loop:
- The cue
- The routine
- The reward In this instance, the cue is morning.
The routine that you are trying to create is to bring your coffee from home.
But to truly solidify the new routine, you need to make this new habit satisfying.
You need to provide a reward for yourself.
Maybe it’s a nice top for your wardrobe or even a latte from Starbucks, you’ll have more success reaching your bigger goals if you find the right reward for the smaller steps.
Be Appreciative and Smile
When you look at life, not every day will be easy, and you need to stay motivated and remember what’s your ultimate goal is and why.
Adapt the aspect of putting things into perspective; this will encourage you to stay focused on your final goal and assure yourself that tomorrow will be a better day.
You have the goals and steps to achieve your goals written down, be appreciative of where you are, who you are, and smile, and change will happen.
Tweak Your Goals From Time To Time
Any goal we have will have some setbacks to them. When these setbacks happen, to make them stop you, step back and look at areas on which you can re-evaluate to push on.
Maybe it’s an adjustment in a time frame that was set at the beginning. Maybe it’s an adjustment on a skill that needs to be acquired to go to the next step. Whatever the adjustment is, make note of it and push on.
Like Ferris Buller said, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop to take a look once and a while, you might miss it.”If you have to stop and re-evaluate your plan, this will help you to be more optimistic and motivated to keep you going toward achieving your goals.
Never Give Up! Never Surrender!
The hardest part of reaching any goal is the desire to give up with stuff hits the fan. The reason for this is lofty goals require time and patience.
If you have a 5-year goal plan with several steps that need to be taken over those 5 years, if you are not persistent, you will never achieve them.
That’s why when you are pushing along toward achieving your goals, never give up and never surrender because you never know how close you are if you give up.
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