The road to success is paved through goal setting. Studies have shown that the more realistic you goal is, the more likely people are to achieve it. Yet, many people still struggle with getting what they really want and accomplishing the goals they’ve set. Sometimes this could be because of life circumstances, a lack of motivation, or striving for perfection. More often than not, it’s because the goal that was initially set wasn’t really achievable. So, how do you know whether a goal that you’ve set is achievable or not? Here are a 3 quick ways to set achievable goals.
Before we get into the 3 ways to achieve your goals, let’s first be clear on what a goal is. As Napolean Hill stated “a goal is a dream with a deadline”. Before you take that first step towards achieving what you want for yourself, you should first make sure that your dream is actually possible. Even if you do believe it’s possible, you must then make sure you’re capable of achieving that goal. Is it something you can work towards while taking care of your other responsibilities? Once you’ve figured this out, you can then take these 3 steps to make sure your goals are then completed.
It’s important for you to know exactly why you want this goal. This is crucial because this why is what’s going to get you through those times when you aren’t motivated, when you’re tired and feeling like quitting. Having a strong motivating factor will keep you energized because you have something at stake, or something important that won’t happen if this goal isn’t achieved.
When you break your goals into short and simple tasks, it’s much easier to manage. We can sometimes get overwhelmed when a large, intimidating goal has been set. However, if you break that large goal into smaller and more simple goals or tasks, you can focus on exactly one thing at a time. Completing each small task will also give you a sense of accomplishment, which keeps you motivated to move onto the next and eventually getting everything done to achieve your large goal.
When goals are set, you need an accountability partner. Someone you can talk to about what you want to achieve and what you’re working towards. Talking about your goals will help keep you on track because now that you’ve discussed your plan with someone, you won’t want to fail. They might also provide some suggestions that can help shortcut your path to achieving your goal.
Following these three steps will help with keeping you on the path to achieving any goal you set. Of course, with anything you want to achieve, whether personally or professionally, taking action every step of the way is key. If you’d like to learn how to stay motivated regardless of what life might throw your way, we’d like to invite you to view an episode of our Planning for Success series, Taking Action. In this episode we’ll be talking about the things that hold a lot of people back from taking action. We’ll help you discover your motivation and show you how to recognize opportunities that will make a difference.