"How do I set realistic, achievable goals?"
"I have no idea how to set goals for myself."
"I have virtually no success at setting goals in my life."
"How can I achieve the things I want to do in life?"
Do you ever feel like you never achieve any goals you set out for yourself?
Do you see your dreams and wishes evading you?
Have you ever stopped to wonder why it continues to happen?
The answer lies in your action plan.
Adopting an effective action plan is what will allow you to achieve whatever you want.
Knowing what you want is the first step. Deciding on a reasonable plan of action and then following it way to the finish line is step two.
Follow this four point action plan to finally become a successful goal setter.
Determine your motive.
When going through the process of setting goals, ask yourself why. Why is this particular goal important to you?
- Is the goal benefitting you? Or are you doing it to make somebody else happy? Take the time to determine what the goal really means to you.
- Your goals ought to make you happy. Sure, it's nice to make others happy. But spending your life always focusing on others prevents you from reaching your fullest potential.
- Is it possible to "adjust" the goal based on whether or not it's well thought out to begin with? Some goals pop up on a whim. Those are the ones that usually need more thought!
What's your motive? Why?
Set realistic timelines.
Setting realistic timelines can mean the difference between achieving a goal and losing the opportunity. True, you may be filled with excitement now, but that excitement won't last long if your steps to your goal are unachievable.
- Once your goal is realistic, it's attainable. Be realistic with the time you set to achieve it.
- Break it up into smaller objectives. Those are easier to view as achievements. That way, you can plot your path and monitor it.
- Remember that you have the other parts of your life to concentrate on as well. Balance working toward your goal with everything else that's important to you.
What is your timeline (be as specific as you can)?
Identify a support group.
Goal setters need the support of close friends, family, and business associates. This support can keep you going when you start to doubt yourself.
- Apart from providing encouragement, a support group can bring new ideas. Collective minds produce successful ideas!
- Ask your supporters for advice about your goals and plan of action. Fill them in on your next idea so they can give you constructive criticism.
- When you reach your goal, remember to extend your gratitude. Let them know how much you appreciate their support. And return the favor whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Who can help you?
Reward yourself for small milestones.
A great way to stay motivated is to reward yourself. As soon as you've hit one of those milestones, celebrate!
- Invite your support group members to celebrate with you. Or, you can celebrate on your own. Whichever way, highlight those mini goals.
- The journey ahead isn't so intimidating when you recognize how far you've gotten.
- Avoid focusing on the long journey ahead of you for a long-term goal. Keep your attention on the small objectives so you don't feel overwhelmed.
How will you reward yourself?
Always remember to look at your goals in the context of your own life.
Do NOT compare what you've achieved with anybody else's achievements. Everybody is on a unique path. Be your own person. Set your own goals. Work at your own pace.
Most importantly, be proud of yourself!
You've already accomplished much more than the vast majority of the population simply by setting a goal and following your action plan.
Keep your head up and your heart passionate.
Everything else will fall into place.
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