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How To Set And Actually Reaching Goals In Life
You know to get where you want to get in life, you need to set goals – but actually reaching goals is where the real work starts.
If you have tried and fallen short of your objectives in the past, it’s easy to get discouraged. And maybe you’ve started to wonder if you are the kind of person who can reach goals easily or if goals are even worth setting. But the truth is that anyone can learn how to reach any goal you set out for yourself. And here is how to set goals – and how to actually achieving goals:
Reaching Personal, Professional and Business Goals
If you want to close the gap between where you are today and where you want to be – then setting goals in your life is important and needed. For this goal setting has been and remains the first steps you will need to take in your journey toward finding your purpose and living a life you truly love.
You will find that most people whom you are admiring for their attitude and lifestyles are setting and reaching goals in all aspects of their lives. They set both short-term and long-term goals for their personal and professional lives – and for their businesses if applicable.
- You set a goal to add 30 minutes of activity into your day to improve your overall health and well-being.
- You commit to spend every day one hour at least with your children in the evenings to balance work and life so you can strengthen family bonds and well-being.
- You learn a new language or other skill that you always wanted to learn.
- You want to reconcile a conflict with your parents to find your inner peace again.
- You improve your self-esteem or practice more patience to grow more meaning personal relationships.
- You pay off your debts for your financial well-being.
Any aspect of your life that you want to improve will benefit from setting and reaching goals. For example, you commit to living a healthier lifestyle so you can lose weight or be more fit will naturally give you more energy to perform better at work. As you develop your talents or form more meaningful personal relationships, your increased happiness and personal satisfaction will make you a better team player at work and motivate you to strive for excellence in your professional life.
Professional And Business Goals
Professional goals are related to your current career, if applicable to your business or the direction you want to head for a career change or business growth. Here are some examples:
- You want to improve your technical or workplace skills to put yourself in a better position to receive a promotion.
- You want to complete a large work project by starting to set small, achievable goals.
- You want to increase sales next quarter.
- You want to find a new business partner to enhance revenue channels.
- You want to find a new communication approach so you can engage with your manger in a more constructive way.
- You want to find more effective ways to motivate your team so productivity rises.
- You want to develop a better process for finding new employees or a daily routine that makes you more efficient at work.
If you want to establish or grow your own business, the ability to set realistic goals will make all the difference in your success. As you identify what you want to achieve and set goals that make sense to help you get there, success is much more likely, even inevitable.
Give careful consideration to what you want your life to look like at home and work – like with friends, family, colleagues, and clients and just for yourself. And then begin your journey.
How To Set Goals
When it comes to setting goals, you have to be SMART!
When it comes to setting goals, you have to be SMART!
A SMART goal is:
- Specific: Set goals by describing what want to achieve in a clear, simple – yet specific way.
- Measurable: Set goals that you can track so you can see the progress you are making.
- Achievable: Set attainable goals that are challenging yet realistic and attractive so you can and want actually accomplish them. So dream big – but break this goal down into smaller buckets that you can realistically achieve one at a time.
- Relevant: Set goals that are directly related to the ultimate goal or lifestyle you want to achieve in the long run.
- Time-bound: Setting goals with a deadline helps you stay focused and motivated.
Trust The Process
The best time to set goals is right NOW. Although you may feel you are too busy or things are too complicated at the moment, there is no better time to start making changes than the present, so your better future can begin right now.
Set aside some time to reflect on what you want and set a specific goal that makes sense for your future self. What do you feel needs to change so that you are happier, more successful, or fulfilled? What do you want things to look like next year or five, ten, or more years from now?
Make sure your goals you define are attainable and you can track your progress by identifying small steps or milestones along the way. Set a date for when you want to achieve your goal so you have a target to hit. Next, align your goals with your most important priorities and values. While you can set goals related to anything, you will get the most out of your goal-setting journey when you create goals relevant to what you most want and believe in.
If you need help to figure out what your purpose is and what matters to you, and how to set SMART goals and priorities, our FOUNDATION & GROWTH Program guides you through the entire process in more details.
Strategies For Reaching Goals
Once you have taken that first step and set you goals – achieving goals is the next step. For this you would need to equip and prepare yourself with simple but effective strategies which will propel you toward the future state you want to get. Here are some of our best tips that have contributed to all we have achieved so far personally and professionally.
1. Write Down Your Goals
Goals are just thoughts, wishes or ideas – if they remain stuck in your brain only. That’s why you need to externalize your goals by writing them down. The effort you put into writing down your goals transfers the ideas from your head into more visible, real, clear, and reachable aspirations that can be achieved and that you want to happen.
Benefits of Visualisation
Writing down your goals allows you to develop a tangible road map to follow so you know exactly where you are headed and how to get there. Additionally, you can more easily measure and document your progress and celebrate your successes. With each step you check off, you can see how far you have come and what you have left to accomplish. This not only gives you motivation but also helps keep you from being distracted and overwhelmed.
Putting your goals in written form serves as an effective reminder of what you want to focus on every day. Written goals help you stay focused so you are not distracted by new opportunities that would send you in another direction or meaningless activities. They help you prioritize the things that matter and choose between good, better, and best decisions. Writing your goals will help power through roadblocks or when you meet resistance by giving you something clear and tangible to focus on.
Medium Of Choice
It does not matter so much where you write down your goals and progress, just that you do it.
You might write your goals in a journal, spiral notebook, planner, or a simple piece of paper – like a sticky note (our personal favorite to be hones with you 😉 ). If you want to be able to see your goals in a prominent place, scribe them on a large poster board you hang on your wall or create a vision board. You may prefer to write your goals digitally, so choose a program like Google Docs or Word or a goal-setting app. You can even write your goals on the bathroom mirror or on the back of a napkin. Just make sure your goals are SMART and you can revisit them every day.
2. Revisit Your Roadmap Regularly
Once you have started thanks to your goals to get on the path to where you want to be, revisiting your goals, its milestones and action steps frequently is what will make progress, change and success truly happen for you. It gets you unstuck from your current state.
Looking at your goals and roadmap frequently will help you to stay focused on them, provide you with motivation to continue to strive toward them, and allow you to make revisions if you find something is not on point. Important advice: When it’s starting to become obvious to you that a goal cannot be reached – do not adjust the goal but adjust the action steps and the given resources you can utilize more or in different way to get there!
Be sure to prioritize your tasks so you are doing the most important things first. It is not always the most attractive task or the easiest one, but you will reach your goals faster if you focus your efforts on what is most essential.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
Reaching goals takes self-discipline. Hold yourself accountable at anytime.
You will have times when you want to take a break due to a lack of motivation, or you may be discouraged by a perceived lack of progression. However, every action you take toward your goals is important. Even when you are not seeing results, at the right time, you will see the fruits of your efforts – thanks to measurable goals you have set. Checking off small goals will help you stay motivated and accountable. So reward your successes – small and large. This can be anything that motivates you, from taking a walk to spending extra time with a loved one, watching a movie, giving yourself a pat on the back, posting a tweet, or adding an extra break to your day.
An accountability buddy can be helpful too. Find someone who has similar goals or motivation as you, and help each other stay on task. And make it a habit of reviewing your goals and prioritizing your to do list frequently.
4. Create Healthy Self Care Habits
Taking care of yourself is essential to reaching your goals – any of them. Striving toward anything worthwhile and important takes energy and drive. It can be stressful at times as well. Creating healthy habits will give you the vitality necessary to be consistent and happy. Good health habits include your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Our Self Coaching Programs help you to master all these areas in your life.
Start Your Development And Get Where You Want To Get In Life
Setting goals is the first step to accomplishing anything meaningful. Now it’s your turn to achieve your goals.
Knowing your life goals helps you to make better decisions and gain more control over your future. When your goals are top of mind, you will make decisions that align with your goals and avoid time and energy wasters.
What are you doing to stay on track? Learn how to keep your balance and to take care better of your well-being with our ‘Well-Being & Self-Care Programs.
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