Setting goals to work towards sounds like a pretty straightforward task. However, as you may already know, following them and achieving them can prove to be surprisingly tricky.
If you are looking to stick to the goals you set, it all comes down to how you approach them. You can make a lot of mistakes with goal setting that can sabotage your chance of success. So, to help ensure you avoid these mistakes, below, you will discover five ways to approach setting goals and achieving them.
1. Make sure the goals are small and measurable
One of the critical mistakes you can make when setting goals is making them too big. While it’s essential to have an end goal in mind, it is even more important to break down the goal into smaller, easily achievable ones.
You will also want to make sure the goals are measurable. Know how it will feel and what you will see and hear once you reach the goal. They can also help you to identify in detail what it is you want from life too. So, start by making sure your goals are small and measurable to improve your chances of achieving them.
2. Ensure the goals are as specific as possible
Another thing you will want to ensure is that you are making your goals as detailed as possible. The vaguer they are, the less chance you will have at achieving them.
It is pretty challenging to stay focused on a vague goal. Your mind needs to know detailed steps to be taken. So, take your overall goal, such as losing weight, break it down into more specific, smaller goals such as losing a pound or two each week or exercising for a set number of days each week.
3. Commit to your goals
Whatever goals you choose to work towards, you will need to commit to sticking to them. Do everything you can to achieve each goal that you set.
It starts by writing your goals down and then coming up with an action plan to achieve them. Remember, make them small and specific for the best chance of success. It is also important to realize that you are not going to see overnight success. Committing to your goals is a long-term process that you are going to need to work on continually.
4. Consider making them public
If you are worried, you will not have the willpower to stick to your goals, it can help to make them public. That is, sharing them with your friends and family. Once we tell others about our plans, it makes us more accountable to achieve them.
Knowing that your friends and family are expecting you to progress with your goals can give you that push to continue.
5. Make sure you set a deadline
It is all well and reasonable to set goals, but if you do not have a specific deadline in mind, it will be more challenging to achieve them.
Because if you give yourself free reign to work on your goals whenever, it is more than likely you will not work on them at all. It is easier to put them off and think, “I will start on them tomorrow,” then before you know it, months have passed, and you are no closer to your goals.
So, give yourself a deadline for each goal you create. Make sure it is realistic and personalized to suit each purpose.
Ensuring you are approaching goal setting in the right way improves your chances of achieving them. The above are just five ways to approach your goals if you want to ensure your chance of success.
Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.