🌼How to set goals and achieve them(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Setting goals is the first step to achieving what you want, but it’s not always easy to do. It requires self-awareness and honesty as well as a commitment to work hard on making your dreams come true. But it’s worth it because if you set realistic goals and take the necessary steps toward achieving them, you’ll feel more fulfilled than ever before. In this guide on how to set goals in life and achieve them, we’ll cover the following topics
Goal setting explained
Setting SMART goals — or specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound targets — is a powerful way to ensure you make progress in life. By making SMART plans you’ll focus on what is most important. The acronym stands for: Specific — Set a goal that is defined and focused; M measurable — Know how your success will be judged; A achievable — It should challenge you but not be out of reach; relevant — It should support your overall mission; time-bound — Put a due date on when you want it achieved by.
Step 1: Choose an achievable goal
Break down each of your main areas of interest into individual, bite-sized pieces. For example, if you have a goal to lose weight, that might mean waking up 30 minutes earlier every day for a month to go for a run. Break down those 30 minutes into smaller chunks. Instead of focusing on waking up at 5:30 in general, decide what time you’ll wake up each morning; 6 am? 6:15 am? 6:30 am? Make it as specific as possible. The more specific your steps are, though, make sure they’re also realistic and measurable so you can stay on track with your goal.
Step 2: Break your goal into a series of steps
Divide your goal into a series of smaller steps. Break each step down as far as possible, making sure that every task can be accomplished in no more than two weeks. If a task is bigger than two weeks, create several sub-steps to help you get from point A to point B in no more than two weeks. When you’re completing a list of tasks for someone else, like for an employer or teacher, it’s a good idea to include deadlines with each step so they know when they can expect progress reports on your progress toward accomplishing your goal. This helps keep you accountable too!
Step 3: Dedicate time to your goal every day
The best way to make sure you are achieving your goal is by spending time on it. There are no shortcuts or one size fits all methods when it comes to achieving any goal. If you want something, you need to give yourself an opportunity. Decide how much time you will spend each day on your goal. The more you dedicate, the quicker it will come. Find what works for you and do that every day. Not only will focusing on your end goal bring results, but research shows that setting small weekly milestones is a great way to stay motivated every week towards your long-term goal.
Step 4: Persevere
If you’re not achieving your goals, or haven’t achieved them yet, don’t be discouraged. Instead, step back and evaluate how you might be standing in your way. Set a realistic timeframe for your goal(s), then work backwards from there to create a plan for achieving it. Remember, you want to keep yourself accountable, so make sure that when you write down your goal(s) you include deadlines by which they must be met. And while it may seem like common sense: Make sure there is some accountability on your end as well; tell others what goals you have in mind so they can ask about your progress or motivate you if necessary.
Celebrate your successes
Not everything will work out as planned, but there’s always a way to recover. When things go awry, don’t get discouraged — try doing something positive instead. Take stock of what went wrong and celebrate your successes; whether they’re big or small, they’re still an accomplishment. By making peace with where you are, you can move forward with renewed confidence that you can achieve your goals. Your drive won’t evaporate if one approach doesn’t work out — instead, it’s easier than ever to try something new.
Remember: There’s no failure in trying something new or different. Just failure in not trying at all!
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Bonus tip — keep track of all your achievements
After a goal is reached, make sure you take time to congratulate yourself. Studies show that people are more likely to do something again if they are praised for a job well done. That’s because humans need positive reinforcement just like animals we crave it. Simply patting yourself on the back or calling a friend out of gratitude can help keep your motivation up for other big projects coming down the line.
CONTRIBUTED BY Nimit Sharma
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