What is a goal?
A goal is a target which is achievable in measurable attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need and has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and often just fleeting.
A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take.
How to set a goal?
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable need or desire. First you must decide on the
What do you want?
Where do you want to be?
What status, career, or qualifications do you have or need to have to achieve your goals?
You then break down the goal into small individual steps or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can influence their realization and measure your progress towards them. Achieving long term life changing goals is a process of achieving, step by step, short- and medium-term actions. While it can be fun to live without direction in the short-term, in the long-term human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life.
How many times have you heard that being successful is all down to setting goals? It may come as no surprise to you to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals. In reality, many people fail to achieve their goals because they do not set achievable goals and take the necessary actionable steps to experience success.
Here are 8 reasons why you might not be achieving your goals.
- Know exactly what you want
This may sound obvious but unless you know exactly what you want, how can you achieve it? The more details, numbers, dates you can plan the better. You need a very clear focus of what you do want in order to receive it.
- Write your goals down
The first action to achieving your goals is to always write your goals down. Putting pen to paper, and this is one time when a real pen and paper are required, gives your goals an existence of their own.
Writing a plan is an essential step in achieving your goals – without it you will, over time, amend the long-term goal to fit your reality. Without a plan, you will eventually reduce the goal to a wish and wishes only would come true by chance.
- Analyze the results
You then need to analyze and work out in detail how you are going to accomplish each individual goal. This means writing a detailed plan of what tangible actions are required to achieve each individual goal.
These actions then become smaller shorter-term goals leading to major longer-term goals.
- What steps do I need to take today?
Every day ask yourself “What steps do I need to take today?”. By now it should be all planned in advance so check your plan and make sure you take each step every day. If you discover additional steps are needed add them to the plan.
- Review your achievements every week and month
Every week review your progress for the week. Check what you’ve done and what you may have missed.
Adjust your plan for the next week or month.
Your plan should always consider what you will do today, tomorrow, this week, next week before the end of the month, in the next 3 months, 6 months…? Always write down your results.
- What if things go wrong?
Goals are difficult because they move you outside your comfort zone to do things differently. To be successful you must face your own fear of failure and take risks. There will be setbacks, expect them, they are part of the process.
- Remind yourself constantly of the goal
The more you repeat it to your subconscious mind, the more it will be programmed in. There are a variety of techniques you can use including repeating affirmations or using subliminal software. If you spend a lot of time on your computer I recommend using software that flashes messages on your screen that only the subconscious can pick up.
- Reward yourself along the way
Every Time you have some success make sure you reward yourself. It will help keep the desire and enthusiasm burning. It will also tell your subconscious mind you’re achieving your goals and will motivate you to keep going.
Finally, remember the only way you will fail is if you give up.
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