Realize Your Goals With These 5 Great Techniques
By Xavier Nelson
You hear it time and again, set goals, make sure and plan. But do
you really take the time to do it? Be honest.
If you are like so many others, then you think about it, even plan
things out in your head, or maybe make some notes on a notepad, but
do you seriously plan and strategize?
Goals keep us motivated. But sometimes, people find it too hard to
achieve their goals. Maybe because they have set long-term goals
before setting short-term ones, or they did not plan their goals
Goal-setting strategies are important especially for those who want
to achieve long-term goals.
Here are five goal-setting techniques to help you realize them:
1. Start with short-term goals that will lead you to long-term ones.
Sometimes, people start with short-term goals unconsciously. Why
unconsciously? Some of them may have considered the goals to be
long-term at the time they planned them; and after achieving a goal,
they realize that they are in fact, looking forward to a longer
Some are content with their short-term goals, but after a while
will realize that they also need to attain long-term ones. Short-term
goals seem to be our set off for longer ones. They will motivate
the person to plan for longer goals, which will usually take some
time before achieving them in full.
If you have a big project, breaking it into smaller steps will
help you stay focused and on track. You will feel better as you reach
each goal, keeping you fired up and ready for the next one.
2. Make sure you really want the goal. You have to ask yourself:
"Do I really want this goal? Will this goal give me a better life?"
Answering these questions will give you more passion to achieve your
goal. Some people recall their past to find out why and how they
came up with this goal.
Look at the big picture, regardless if the goal is short-term or
long-term. How will this step help me achieve the endresult, my
3. Speak up. Don't keep your goals to yourself or a secret.
Sharing your goals could help you get the support you may need
from others. Some people are too shy to tell others about their goals
for reasons like they are afraid they cannot achieve these in the end,
or they lack the courage to speak their minds. This is not a good
habit because when the time comes that you really need their
support, you may have trouble getting it. Besides, sharing the
fruits of your goals is uplifting to the mind and spirit not just
for you, but your friends and family that are helping you stay
strong also benefit from seeing you succeed.
4. Write down your goals. While some say this strategy is more
advisable for those who have a long list of goals, I tend to disagree.
Write them down, even if it only is one simple step. Your mind is an
incredible tool and it has been proven that as soon as you write a
goal down, your mind (subconcious or also known as creative mind)
will begin to work on solutions to help you reach that goal.
After writing them, it is advisable to review them because this will
encourage you to achieve them.
5. Stay on track and don't give up. Reviewing notes as well as
your written goals will help open your mind to see if you are on
the right track.
There may be challenges you will have to face and how you react to
them will ultimately determine your level of success. Reach out to
your support network for a helping hand if you feel you are struggling
and keep them up to date on your progress. They can help you stay
accountable to your set task.
Going back to your notes will also potentially help you uncover some
missed items that could potentially cause great damage to your overall
project, so always review and refine your goal and the tasks needed
to achieve it.
6. Celebrate. Party. Have fun.
This extra, step is here to remind you that you definitely need to
take the time to reward yourself along the way. Don't wait until you
have completed all of your tasks and achieved your overall goal.
Do something small to reward yourself along the way too, maybe
sleep in an extra hour, grab a coffee from Starbucks instead of
the fast food joint around the corner. Any kind of pat on the back
that you can give yourself is well deserved. You work hard, don't
forget to play too.