Goal setting is the easy part!
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or just an ordinary, everyday goal that we want to achieve, we are constantly trying to accomplish things in our lives. Why do we do this? Most positive goals that we achieve will make us feel better. Achieving the goal of losing weight or quitting smoking will make us feel better, physically. Reaching any goal, no matter how small, will make us feel better about ourselves, psychologically.
The problem with setting goals is that most people never reach them. Most New Year’s resolutions are given up on in less than 2 weeks. Ordinary goals seem to be passing thoughts. A “wouldn’t it be nice if I …”
Achieving goals is hard. It requires you to do something that you don’t necessarily want to do or to not do something that you want to do.
Losing weight is the perfect example of this. If you want to lose weight you have to do something that you don’t necessarily want to do – eat healthy food, all of the time and increase your physical activities. It also requires you to not do things that you want to do – eat junk food.
Seeing that achieving our goals is something that we want to do, is there anything that will help us increase our odds of reaching them?
Here is a list of things that you can do to help you to reach your goals
Write down your goals
Anyone who has read “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, knows that it is essential that you actually hand write your goals on a piece of paper. You must read them every day. I would suggest reading them twice per day, once when you wake up and once before going to bed. Writing down your goals and reading them every day will keep you and your mind focus on the task at hand.
If you fail to write them down and read them daily, you will, eventually, forget that they even existed.
Have realistic goals
There is a quote from “Think and Grow Rich,” that goes like this,
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
I think that any goals that you can come up with are achievable. This would mean that all goals are realistic. Just because all goals are realistic, this doesn’t mean that you will achieve all of them right away. What makes goals realistic or not is the time period with which you give yourself to reach them.
If you have to goal of doing a marathon, give yourself enough time to reach this goal. Obviously, if you have been relatively sedentary, you’re probably not going to be able to go out and do a marathon this afternoon. It could take months or even years to train enough to be able to do a marathon.
You should also break down your goals into small and easily achieved goals.
If your goal is to lose 50 pounds and you have given yourself a year to reach that goal, you should break the weight loss into small and easier to achieve goals. Your smaller goal could be to lose 1 pound per week. Losing 1 pound week is a lot easier to do than losing 50 pounds in a year. Or so it would seem.
You should track your progress
This is similar to writing down your goals. You need to write down everything that you have done toward reaching your goal. If we use the weight loss example, you would write down how much weight you lose, every week. This will do 2 things for you. It will allow you to actually see the progress you are making toward your goal and this, in turn, will keep you motivate and working to reach your goal.
Making adjustments as you go
It is very rare that getting from where you are, to where you want to be, will be a straight line. It could be that you lose your way and go off course. Or it could be that what you are doing just isn’t working anymore. Either way, you just need to make an adjustment to what you are doing. You need to find another way of doing what it is that you are trying to accomplish.
If you are trying to lose 50 pounds in a year and in the middle you stop losing weight, what are you going to do? You might have to make some adjustments to what you are eating. You might need to add in some exercise.
You will probably need to find some sort of “work around” to get past the obstacles that will get in the way of you reaching your goals.
Never giving up
You must always realize that setting goals is the easy part, attaining them is the hard part. There will be all kinds of obstacles to over come. You might find that people will try to stop you from reaching your goals. You may even be your own worst enemy, when it comes to reaching your goals. Self sabotage is very common!
If you are trying to loss 50 pounds in a year, you can count on 365 days of temptations. There may be days that the lure of that candy bar is too great and you eat it. Does this “break” your diet? Only if you let it. Get right back on track and strengthen your resolve to eat healthy at your next meal.
One mistake on a 365 day journey is not worth beating yourself up over.
Realize that to reach your goals, you can never give up on them!
I hope that these 5 tips will help you to reach your goals, no matter what they are!
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