We all know the importance of setting goals, but actual goal achievement can sometimes feel almost impossible.
Most of us probably have discarded lists of goals we have written and given up on- I used to have a drawer full before I found the secrets to making them a reality.
Here are five steps you can take to ensure that you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.
The first and most important step is to ensure that you actually do want to achieve the goals you have set yourself.
This may sound strange, but if you have set a goal which you think you should achieve, or one that somebody else wants you to achieve, you won’t be sufficiently motivated to attain it.
The same goes for any goal that is at odds with your own values.
You must feel excited about your goals, and they must make you feel good when you think about them.
To give yourself the best possible chance of goal achievement, focus on one or two goals at a time.
Don’t fall into the trap of wanting to change everything all at once.
If you have too many goals, you will feel overwhelmed and lose focus. Once you have achieved your initial goals, you can set some more.
Aim to do something every day to move you closer to your goals.
Get a diary or notebook, plan your day and the tasks you need to do, and cross them off once you have completed them.
This will keep your goals in your mind on a daily basis and reduce the risk of drifting aimlessly or procrastinating.
Evaluate your progress each week.
Keep a notebook and write down what progress you made towards your goals, whether you completed all the tasks you needed to do, and if not, what stopped you from doing this.
You should also make a note of any problems which occurred and work out how you will overcome these next week.
This will give you a sense of accountability and keep your mind focused.
Watch out for procrastination.
There will be times when you won’t feel motivated to work on your goals; you know what needs to be done, but will keep putting it off until ‘tomorrow’.
You won’t work on your tasks. You won’t make that call or read that text book. You won’t go to the gym.
It can seem as though we are sabotaging ourselves, and in a way we are. There are many reasons for this behaviour.
First of all examine whether the goal is truly one that you want to pursue.
Sometimes we can feel afraid of failing to reach our goals, so we subconsciously sabotage ourselves before we begin.
If you suspect this to be the case, it may be a good idea to work on your self esteem and confidence before you start your goal setting process.
Counselling sessions or talking things through with a trusted friend may also help.
Sometimes we are unsure of what direction to take, and require more planning and research to point us along the right path.
Other times we experience events in our lives which demand our attention and can take our focus off our goals.
You may need to adjust your goals to allow for this, and give yourself some time out if necessary.
With a little forward planning, preparation and organisation, goal achievement is possible for all of us.
Learn more about the power and benefits of goalsetting when you read the rest of our information here about: How to Set Goals and Keep Them
This personal goal setting guide will help you to set and achieve your plans this year!
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