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To achieve your goals there’s a series of decision-making that goes into it. A series of actions that lead to other actions and other actions that end up in you doing the things necessary to achieve your goals.
It’s all a process. You won’t just wake up one day and suddenly have everything you want. It takes work and planning to get there and motivation only lasts so long. We can be crazy motivated one day and the next we have 0 will to do anything.
We can’t completely rely on motivation
We need to have a plan on how to achieve our goals. But, it’s also important for our plan to be well designed.
Do you find yourself making new year’s resolutions and never completing them? Setting a goal but getting too overwhelmed in a week? That has happened to most of us but there are tips you can incorporate to make it easier for yourself.
No matter how many times you’ve tried to accomplish something and failed, there’s still time and hope for you to achieve your goals. You just have to be smarter with the process.
TIPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS (& SET THEM)
Ask yourself why
This may seem like the most obvious thing to do but it’s super important to achieve your goals in the long run. If you don’t have a deep-rooted motivator behind the goals you set, it’s gonna be way easier to just stop putting in the effort when things get hard.
If you have clear reasons why you want to achieve the goals you set, you’ll be able to go back to those reasons to pull you through the moments you want to give up. They’ll be the voice in your head that helps you feel going.
All that being said, we recommend you think deeply about what your reasoning is and ask yourself if it’s strong enough. Think about whether your WHY will be strong enough to motivate you to keep going when things are really tough.
Is your reasoning important enough to you?. If not, try to find a “why” that you think could be strong enough. You know yourself best, what keeps you going when thighs get truly difficult?
Be clear & specific
Being specific when you set your goals is one of the most important steps to achieve your goals successfully. Setting very specific goals will make it easier to measure your success. An easy way to do this is to give your goals a quantitative factor.
For example, if you set a goal of eating healthier, that’s pretty hard to measure. I mean “eating healthy” looks different for everyone. A way to better that goal would be to think of ways that CAN be measured that will lead you to eat healthier. An example could be: I’m gonna have vegetables in 2 of my meals every day. That’s something that you can actually measure that goes hand in hand with eating healthy.
Another example would be instead of saying I wanna lose weight, give yourself an actual number range of pounds or kilograms you want to lose. It’s not even about being obsessive about reaching the specific goal, that wouldn’t be healthy either, but having a clear goal in mind will make it much easier to stay on track than a very general goal.
Keep your goals realistic but exciting
We’re all about dreaming big, but it’s also important to be realistic to achieve your goals. The trick is to keep goals realistic but big enough that the thought of achieving them is really exciting.
When we set goals that are very unrealistic and we watch ourselves not progress towards those goals, it can leave us deeply unmotivated and upset, which is the last thing we want.
It’s not about setting goals that are so realistic you are 100% sure you’ll achieve them without much effort, that takes the fun and the ultimate satisfaction out of achieving goals.
Don’t choose goals that are so crazy you truly deep down don’t believe you’ll achieve them in a year. Choose goals that you think will effort and discipline you ARE able to achieve but they’re still present a challenge for you.
Have a time frame
Having a time frame will help you keep track of how you’re doing and stay motivated. Nothing motivates more than seeing progress in some way.
You can break down your end goal into several smaller goals and have an estimated time frame of when you would want to achieve them.
Having the time frame will keep you more accountable. It’ll l push you when you’re thinking of giving up or not sticking to your habits.
Design a game plan
When we try to tackle a goal without a plan, more often than not we give up after a while. Doing things without a plan feels too overwhelming and I find that it’s less motivating.
When we start trying to achieve a goal without knowing how we’re going to do it there’s a lack of certainty that we will achieve our goal. When you have a game plan set you understand the process. You know what it’s gonna take to get to the finish line which gives you a sense of self-confidence that it’s possible to achieve your goals.
Achieving goals isn’t something you just do. It takes many actions you need to stick to daily to make it happen. If you design a well-thought-out game plan you can choose actions that will help you to achieve your goals and most importantly, that you know you can stick to doing.
Be open to changing your game plan
As we said previously, having a plan is super important, but having flexibility in that game plan matters just as much.
As the famous saying goes: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If you notice your plan isn’t working, it’s not giving you results then it can’t stay the same.
It’s important to take time every once in a while to analyze how you’re feeling about your game plan and whether it’s working for you.
Break it down into manageable small tasks
Setting a goal to read 30 books in a year sounds great but it can be a little overwhelming if you’re someone that has a hard time concentrating. That’s just an example, but the point is that if you break it down, in order to achieve that goal you have to read one book first, then you tackle another book, then another one, and eventually you might get to 30 books.
The thing is, it sounds much less overwhelming to say to yourself: I’m gonna read one book, and when you’re done with that one you can tell yourself the same thing. Or to make it even easier, you can tell yourself you’re going to read one page, five minutes later you tell yourself you’re going to read another page. You can even break it down by time: I’m going to read for 15 minutes every day.
The point of this is that it’s important to take one step at a time to make it less overwhelming and stressful for ourselves. Think of your end goals and break them down into small manageable tasks that you KNOW you’re able to stick to. Make them small enough that you know you won’t find them overwhelming.
Write everything down regularly
There’s a difference between writing down your goals and simply thinking or talking about them. Writing them down makes everything feel more official and concrete.
Many many studies have actually found that people who write their goals are much more likely to achieve them. The statistics go up even more for people that write them down regularly.
That being said, we recommend you take all the other tips we’ve given you and write a game plan down on paper. When you’ve done that you can make up a few affirmations about your goals to write daily or every other day. This will help you stay focused and will make it much easier to achieve your goals.
It all starts with how you set your goals. If you set your goals in a smart way, they’ll be way more achievable. Keep our tips in mind when you’re putting together your game plan. Your game plan is the ULTIMATE element of achieving goals.
Also one of the most important things to keep in mind is to take it one day at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the thought of having to do something for months on end in order to accomplish a goal. Think of it as a daily thing.
If you take small daily steps with time you’ll see results. But you have to create a mental environment for yourself that makes it more likely that you won’t give up. If you take our tips into consideration they’ll help you stay on track.
BEFORE YOU GO
We’d love to hear about how you’ve achieved your biggest goals. What tips can YOU give us and our readers? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to check out the rest of our personal development content.