Clearly, we have achieved some huge successes in life. Across the world, we have achieved what was once deemed to be nothing more than the domain of science-fiction or just the subject of wild fantasy. Yet, while civilization and society appear to be making enormous strides forward in every sphere of life, while we as individuals struggle to achieve similar levels of success, it seems as if we are regressing. Is this the case?
One crucial area that most people have yet to address is that of how to actually achieve your goals. Achieving a goal means achieving your end goal. The simple fact is that it is not enough to achieve your goals, you must also know how to do it. And this is where most people fall short.
So what exactly constitutes the process of goal setting?
Basically, you must establish what you want to achieve, identify the steps required to get to your desired objective, outline a plan, and take the necessary action. When you put these steps in place, the next step in the process is to develop a positive mental attitude. Yes, it is that simple.
Goal setting is a time-bound activity. Time-bound activities provide a definite result. As stated above, objectives need to be set and time-bound. Once you have defined the purpose and the steps required to achieve them, there is only one more thing for you to do. Then, the fun begins!
You must remain consistent in your application of the steps towards attaining your goals and developing the right way to set goals. Many people make the mistake of setting goals at random. Instead of doing this the correct way, which is to formulate them one at a time and to take the actions in a systematic manner, most people just fail.
The correct way of setting goals involves taking small steps. Each of these steps is equally as important as any other. Therefore, there is no point in taking big steps if you are not going to keep taking them over the long term. This can be accomplished by setting goals that yield progressively larger rewards over time.
In fact, the whole purpose of goal-setting is to gradually set the stage for achieving the bigger goals later on. For example, if you set a goal to lose 100 pounds over the next two months, then you should definitely expect to see results within four to six weeks. This will mean that the process of goal-setting is far more effective than simply setting out to lose twenty pounds “nearly immediately”. The latter is far less realistic, and certainly not “next month”. Therefore, the key is to learn how to pace yourself so that your results are visible and sustainable.
Make sure that you stay motivated
One final key to achieving life goals successfully is to make sure that you stay motivated. Sometimes it can be very difficult to motivate ourselves to do what it takes. This is even more true when we know that achieving those life goals will likely mean working far harder than normal. Therefore, make sure that you keep yourself motivated by maintaining a positive attitude about yourself and about achieving your goals.
Choose relevant goals
Also, it’s important to choose relevant goals. It would be a great mistake to set out to achieve weight loss by eating as much chocolate as possible. You would never accomplish anything like this! Rather, pick relevant goals that relate to your long-term plan of action.
By taking the time to pick relevant and meaningful goals, you will be able to achieve things that otherwise may be very hard to achieve. When I set goals, I always ask myself if I had taken the time to write them down in a different way each day. Sometimes, I have a sense that I’m not on the right track. But, if I continue to practice goal-setting and if I keep writing notes, I soon realize that I am on the right track. So I see things that others might not see, and I use these notes to help me achieve my goals!
When you’re goal-setting, you need to keep practicing. If you don’t keep practicing, then you won’t achieve your goals. You can either purchase software to help you keep practicing (many available), or you can take time to write down your goals in a journal or in a small notebook (sometimes called a “mentor’s notebook”). In either case, it’s important that you write down your goals in a different way each day.