12 Easy Tips To Help Achieve Your Goals

A journal with goals written on it.

Goal-setting or just the word goals in general seems to be a buzzword everywhere I look online.

However, do we really understand what a goal is?

And why do we even bother setting them in the first place?

Thousands of studies have shown that setting high and specific goals increase motivation, performance and persistence compared to goals that are vague and easy to achieve.

In this article, we are going to look at goals and tips for how to achieve them.

What is a goal?

I love the saying that a goal is just a dream with a deadline.

It is something that you want to achieve in life. There is an end result that you want to commit to and then follow through by achieving it.

Most goals are long-term. We set goals thinking about future end targets that could be weeks, months, or even years in advance.

Why should you set goals for yourself?

There are many reasons why it is important to set goals for yourself, but some of the most important reasons are:

1) It gives you increased motivation

Setting goals gives you something to work towards. By having a specific goal in mind, it will motivate you to continue to try your hardest towards that thing you are trying to achieve.

When you know what you want and know you are trying your hardest to achieve it, it gives you purpose.

2) It gives you a sense of direction

When you know where you are going in life, it gives you a clear path from where you are now, to where you would like to be.

By knowing the expectations and what is expected from you to achieve that goal you are able to develop a plan to get there.

3) It gives you perspective

Setting goals helps us to take a step back from whatever may be happening in our lives and see the bigger picture. By figuring out what is important we can create a life with meaning.

4) It gives you the control

Acknowledging what you want out of life puts you in control. When you know that you are the only person that can make your dreams and goals come true, it gives you ownership over the steps you are taking to make it happen.

12 Tips for setting goals

1) Write them down

Writing your goals down on paper helps to make those goals more tangible, and something you can actually accomplish instead of just thinking about them.

A study on the effectiveness of writing down goals found that 70% of the participants who recorded their goals were successful compared to the 35% who did not.

2) Set them up the right way

S.M.A.R.T goals have been around for a long time, but if you don’t know what they are we are going to go through them again. They are goals that are:

  • Specific– You need to set goals that have a clear endpoint to where they are going.
  • Measurable – You need to be able to measure your progress when it comes to the completion of the goal.
  • Attainable – While I like to say that no goal is unrealistic, there still has to be some chance that you could attain it. If your goal is to become a dog… well… that is not an attainable goal.
  • Relevant – Any goals that you set should be relevant to whatever it is that you want to achieve. If your goal is to become healthier, making your goal to dye your hair purple, isn’t very relevant to that.
  • Time-bound – This means there needs to be a time attached to the goal. You need to set a deadline that isn’t too far in the future, but gives you enough reasonable time to complete the goal.

3) Break them into small steps

Large goals can seem scary or intimidating. It can also seem difficult to imagine how you are going to get from point A to point B.

By breaking the goal down into smaller goals, you make it less overwhelming and easier to tackle the larger goal by completing a bunch of smaller ones.

4) Review your goals frequently

It won’t be helpful to make a goal and then never think about it again. By leaving it somewhere that you can remind yourself of it, like on your phone, on a whiteboard in your office, or on your bathroom mirror, it gives you a reminder of what you want to achieve.

5) Make a gameplan

If you know you want to get from A to B, it can be helpful to make a map for yourself on how you plan to get there in the end.

By writing down your small steps from above, or the small goals it is going to take to get there, you have your goal all planned out.

6) Keep moving

The only way you are going to achieve your goal is if you continue to move toward it. Even the smallest step will get you one step closer to your goal, so do not stop moving or taking action.

7) Remember the goal line

It can be easy to become discouraged and to feel like you will never achieve your goal.

It can also be easy to become obsessed with your goal, and to do anything you can to try to reach it.

However, this can lead to burnout which could leave you unable to achieve your goal.

It is important to remember to make time to focus on self-care to keep yourself from becoming too stressed out.

8) Be accountable

Setting goals, and trying to achieve them alone can be lonely. When you have something or someone else to be accountable, it can motivate you to keep going when times are hard.

This could be something like a group that has the same goal, friends, or even your partner.

9) Try to head off any problems before they happen

Everyone faces challenges, so it is likely you will also encounter some on the way to reach your goals. If you can predict problems you might have ahead of time, you can already have a solution for them if they do happen.

10) Adjust as you go

If you are reaching roadblocks on your path to your goals that is completely okay. Maybe that means it is just time to adjust your path and figure out what you need to do to get over that roadblock.

11) Reflect

It can be good to reflect, and check in every so often to see how you are progressing. This will leave you make any changes while there is still time to do so.

12) Celebrate

When you complete any goal, from a small one on your journey to a bigger one, or the large one that is your end goal, celebrating is a must to keep you motivated and your confidence high.

Even if you get around a roadblock and are making progress, it can be wise to celebrate how far you have come.

It can we wise to remember to not put too much pressure on yourself when it comes to reaching your goals. Although motivation and drive are good, too much of them can lead to burnout which will put you on a complete standstill.

Keeping your eyes on the end goal, and taking small steps towards it will have you reaching your goal before you know it!

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