The most common goals that people set are their New Year’s Resolutions. And those are probably the ones that have the lowest percentage of successful achievement. I’ve found that to achieve any goal, it’s not really about the goal, it’s about your mindset. For example, if you want to lose weight, it’s not about eating less and exercising more. It’s about making your mind up to do it and then attaining that goal by keeping on your diet and exercise regime. If you want to do something but you’re not fully committed to it, in your mind, you may not get their.
Here are some thoughts on setting goals:
Make sure the goal is something that has an outcome that will keep you motivated. For example, you may be more motivated to lose weight if you have health issues that can be improved by dropping some poundage.
Write the goals down and then verbalized them daily. Read them and speak them to the universe aloud at least once a day to help them manifest and take root in your mind.
Make them SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. For example, not everyone wants or has the ability to be president of a large corporation. Even though that’s specific, is it attainable? For some of us yes, but for most of us no. Especially if we start working on that goal later in life. But if you want to stop smoking, that can be set as a SMART goal. Just make sure to set a realistic time frame.
Create an action plan on how to achieve the goals. Again, writing your goals down will help them materialize. You could create a project plan, or just use a bunch of sticky notes on a white board. Get creative!
Put on your blinders and don’t let anything get in your way. If you get distracted (squirrel!) maybe that goal wasn’t the right one at the right time. Don’t get discouraged. That’s the beauty of it. You can start again, but you may need to redefine that goal.
When you achieve a goal that you’ve set for yourself, don’t forget to thank and reward yourself for all of your hard work. Just not with more that one piece of cake.