How to Set Goals and Achieve Them?
Have you ever set a goal and then after a short period of time gave up on it? Many people can relate, especially when it comes to New Year’s resolutions… But do you really know how to set goals and achieve them?
How to Set Goals?
Ask yourself what you would like to accomplish. Get excited about your goal, think about what’s possible instead of what’s likable. Don’t be modest, pick something that will really get you excited, but don’t be completely unrealistic, because you won’t be able to believe in its accomplishment, and if you don’t believe, you won’t be able to achieve it.
It’s better to set a smaller goal, something that you can believe you can achieve and then go from there. Once you achieve your goal and get your proof of concept, it will be easier to set a bigger goal and achieve it.
Get Your Goal Down on Paper
Once your goal is clear and well defined, write it down. This step is more important than you think. I ignored this step for a long time because I thought if I could carry my goal in my mind there’s no point in writing it down, but then I realized that simply carrying a goal in my mind won’t make it happen, so I started writing my goals down.
Simply writing your goal down is not enough to achieve your goal, but it’s a first step in the process of achieving your goal.
Why is This Goal Important to You?
What is your “WHY”? Why do you want that? Why is this goal important to you? What will the accomplishment of this goal bring to you? What emotions are behind this goal?
We don’t want things just for the sake of having things, we want things because we believe we will feel better when we get them.
For example, you might believe that new house or more money will give you a feeling of security, a new relationship will give you a feeling of love and fulfillment, and vacation will give you a feeling of relaxation and excitement.
Write all of your “whys” down.
Write Your Goal Down, Read It and Visualize It Daily
We have a conscious and subconscious mind. The conscious mind is thinking and creative. Our goals come from our conscious mind, but our beliefs, perceptions and consequently our actions are results of our subconscious programming. If our subconscious mind doesn’t support our goal, we have disharmony and it’s not likely that our goal will be accomplished.
Subconscious mind learns by repetition, so writing your goal down daily, reading it daily and visualizing it daily will get you closer to your goal.
Meditate, Visualize and Feel As if It is Already Accomplished
This step is the most important one. What really gets us to achieve our goals is our vibration. If you meditate and visualize your goal daily, you would soon start feeling as if your goal is already accomplished. When you feel as if, your vibration causes you to take certain actions which produce results, and from there it’s just a matter of time when you will see your goal in your reality.
Your self-image (how you see yourself) is very important in this process. Ask yourself how the person who has already achieved this goal would look like and behave. Then take action as if you are already that person.
Write Down Your Actions
Write down an action plan to achieve your goal and commit to it. Be prepared to change your action plan if necessary but don’t change your goal. Don’t doubt yourself because doubt won’t get you anywhere. When you doubt, you are preparing yourself for failure because your mind believes that your dreams are impossible to achieve. What you believe is what you get.
Set Deadline for Your Goal
Goals are dreams with deadlines. If this statement is true, then setting a deadline will lead you towards achieving your goal.
For example, you might write down something like
“By the end of December 2019, I am financially free because I’m earning (fill in the blank) per month.”
This step is optional because some people have found it useful and some haven’t. I personally experienced more success without setting a deadline.
Surround Yourself with Like-minded People
Surround yourself with positive like-minded people who will support you on your way to achieving your goals. Avoid critical and negative people and don’t share your goals with them.
Decide what you want and stick to it. Follow these steps toward achieving your goal. Set your action plan and commit to it. Make your goal bigger than your excuses. Feel as if your goal is already accomplished. Take action on your goal daily. You don’t need to know how exactly you are going to get there, keep your mind open and it will reveal to you along the way. Believe in yourself.
“If it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If it is not, you’ll find excuses.”
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