How to Achieve Your Goals
No two people are alike, so it is no surprise that not everyone will attempt to reach the goals the same way. However, we can all utilize some simple techniques that will help us to get to the final goal easier. Like any task you face, a list is essential. Create a simple list of things you will need to accomplish before your goal can be reached.
Most goals are reached in steps, so write down all of the steps that will need to be accomplished in advance before the final goal is reached. You can also make a list of items you might need to buy, books you might need to read, or just little things you can do to prepare for the finalization of your goal ahead of time.
Think about realistic goals versus unrealistic ones, and then only establish goals that you can feasibly conquer. For instance, if you want that dream car that costs $50,000 and you know you can never afford it, it might be time to take a step back and re-evaluate your goal. Maybe the compact sedan for $15,000 is something you can actually afford to purchase and may be what you will really enjoy. Take some time to really think about which goals are “doable” and which ones might be beyond reach. Or, you can set a smaller, less lofty goal and then slowly work your way towards your dream goal later. Often, the most essential part of reaching goals is the process and not the goal itself.
Do not be too hard on yourself if you falter along the way to reaching your goal. Everyone makes mistakes, and this is how we learn. Without these little fumbles, we miss out on some very valuable lessons in life. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward. Keep in mind that each mistake you make should be a learning opportunity and just be sure not to repeat it in the future.
Get organized, and keep track of your progress. If you are quitting smoking, keep tabs on how many cigarettes you have NOT smoked in a day, week, etc. Tally up the money you’ve saved. If it’s weight, you are trying to lose, make a food diary and write down what you eat
each day as well as your calorie and fat content, so you can more clearly see how everything is progressing.
A list written in your day planner entered into a PDA or iPhone, logged online, or simply written on a notepad can really help you see where your progress is being made. In addition, every small step or thing you complete gives you a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. This feeling only helps to encourage you to push forward and reach for the stars.
Depending on what your ultimate goal is, you might even want to recruit the help of a friend. Perhaps you and someone you know have a similar goal in mind. It can be something as simple as getting more exercise, or something as lofty as starting your own business. If you have a support system, you are more likely to be successful.
Plus, your “goal buddy” might be able to offer some helpful advice and you can learn something from each other along the way. Having a true support system makes a huge difference between achieving your goal and just thinking about it. In addition, having someone walk down the path with you can make it much more fun, and seem less like a task that you feel you HAVE to do.
Sometimes, a matter of achieving your goals can be as simple as your frame of mind. Try some meditation techniques to help you feel calm and more relaxed. Yoga, walking, relaxing music, and just plain old quiet time can do wonders for your psyche.
Try to eliminate some of the more stressful elements in your life. By doing this, you are allowing more room in your mind and more time on your hands to focus on the more important things. Do not let things upset you as easily as you once did. Instead, learn new coping skills so you can quickly solve problems and turn your attention back towards your goal.
Utilize the new technology that is available to you. You can use a myriad of goal setting and tracking software for everything from weight loss to business achievements. If you own a website, there are a great deal of web tracking software programs that will help you analyze your current sales and help you reach your goal. Make the Internet work for you by searching for goal related programs and websites that will be your ally throughout the process.
Think about things like time management, and how these programs can assist you with it. In fact, time management is another key part of accomplishing a goal. By better being able to manage how you use
your time, you can see where there might be room for improvement and then focus on how to gain more time to get what you want.
Consider your personal habits when you set a goal. For example, do you drink often or even in excess on the weekends? How is this getting in the way of your goal? Do you have a messy household that constantly needs cleaning? Come up with a list of personal habits that might be considered unhealthy or harmful, and think about how you can change these habits so that you feel more comfortable with your life. Eliminating negativity will do wonders for your life as well as your ability to reach your goals.
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