Having goals and aspirations, no matter how big or small, is imperative to feeling accomplished, gaining self-confidence and simply enjoying life. Many believe their fate is left to the divine. While that is one unique perspective, standing around waiting for your goals to happen is not the most productive, efficient or even effective way of achieving your goals. Most high-achievers will tell you that it takes persistence and dedication, but mainly they are proactive about getting what they want – and here’s how they do it.
Make your goals SIMPLE
Keep your eye on the prize. Remaining focused on a clear goal creates higher levels of motivation which is an essential element in achieving it. Don’t clog your mind with complex pseudo goals like ‘I want to travel with friends, get an overseas job and save lots of money.’ That’s not a goal, that’s more of a PLAN. And plans requiredetails, which takes us to our next point.
Make your goals SPECIFIC
If you’re being vague about your goal, you’re setting yourself up for constant disappointment. High achievers understand that all aspects of goal setting must be determined, down to each precise detail. Want to save money? Set an amount. Want to lose weight? Give yourself a specific target. If you know what you’re aiming for, you have a much better chance of obtaining it.
Make your goals EXCITING
The point of a goal is to get yourself motivated about being successful. If you’re not excited about your goal, you’re more likely to stagnate and lose your passion for it. Keep a visual representation of your goals where you can see it every day, it will help to keep you focused and take small steps towards making it a reality with every passing day.
Make your goals MEASURABLE
Set yourself specific times to beat or numbers to reach – whether your goal is to go to the gym 4 times a week or do 50 sit-ups, it’s more likely to get done when you add numbers to the mix. Measuring your success helps define future goals, ensuring you continue gaining confidence and momentum towards success.
Make your goals KNOWN
You’re more likely to stick to your goals if you share them with those around you. This makes you accountable for any loss of progress and as such is more likely to keep you on track. Once you’ve set a goal, tell your family and friends – they’ll not only support you, they’ll also inadvertently challenge you to reach it.
Make your goals TANGIBLE
Write what you want down. Write it down every day if it helps. Seeing it in black and white may give you the push you need to achieve what you want from life. Chase after goals you know you will enjoy.
Setting yourself up for success is visualising what you want, knowing how to get it then using dedication and persistence combined with a proactive approach. Your goals ARE achievable. Make 2014 your year!