Everyone has goals in life and depending on the situation we are in, they might be enormous, or they might be small. No matter how you look at your goals, it’s sometimes a challenge to reach them. Once you have achieved your goal, it’s also important to know how to maintain that goal so you don’t lose it. Goals are made to be reached, but at the same time, goals tend to be challenging and difficult to achieve. As such, you want to increase your chances of achieving them, and with these tips, you’ll have an easier time achieving any goal you may set for yourself.
Set a S.M.A.R.T goal
The first tip is to set goals according to the S.M.A.R.T goal setting formula. SMART means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. This is a way to achieve success that works on a variety of things and not just the personal goals. When setting goals that follow this formula, you’ll notice how practical and useful it is to achieve results, as the goals you set become much clearer, and it becomes easier for you to know what you want, and what needs to be done in order to get there.
Write down your goals
Another tip that is incredibly simple but something that many tend to forget is to write down your goals. By doing so, you make your goals more concrete, and by doing so, you make it easier to achieve those goals. It is always easier to grasp the current situation and the goals you have set when they’re concrete. It’s easy to forget about details that are not on paper, but if you’ve written down everything you want to achieve, it’s black on white. If you have forgotten your goal, you can always go back and see what it is, in order to ensure that what you are doing help you get closer to your goals.
Note when you deviate from the planning
Sometimes we differ from planning in different ways and there is nothing wrong with it. We are all human and that means mistakes can be made, for example when you light that cigarette or buy a bag of candy when you should not. When this happens, write down the event and consider why you deviated from the plan. What made you light a cigarette? Why did you buy that bag of candy? Why did you jump over a whole week’s workouts? It’s easier to get a bigger picture of the situation when everything is on paper. By doing this, you hold yourself accountable when you make slips from what will ultimately help you achieve your goals, and you can minimise the chances of that happening again.
Motivation is crucial
Do you remember why you would start training or quit smoking? Clearly you do – today – but will that be the case in a few months? When your motivation decreasing and you want to do something that is against your goal more than anything else, then it’s a completely different thing. One tip is to write down all the goals on a piece of paper, postpone the benefits and the reasons why you want to reach the goals and place motivational little paper notes in your home, car, at work and wherever you are. Remind yourself when you most need it. By constantly reminding yourself of why you wanted to reach your goal in the first place helps give you motivation to keep pushing forward, even when it gets hard.
Dedicate the time you need
How much time do you need to free up from something else to reach your goals? Some goals demand more time than others, and it’s important that you schedule your day accordingly and set aside for doing the things necessary to reach your goals.
Calculate the amount of time and see if you consider it possible to take that time, if so when to take it and what you will take time from. Identify how your days are scheduled and plan the goals according to to the time you can spare for your goal.
Take help from family and friends
It’s always easier to reach your goals if you get help from others. So tell your loved ones what’s going on and ask them for help. By telling them about your goals, you have more people that will hold you accountable for reaching your goal. Choose the people you think can help you forward the most and ask them for advice, motivation and inspiration. Be selective and do not go out to just everyone with your plans; the risk is that it will be an overwhelming response that is unnecessary. Choose your five favorites for what to do and ask them to do everything that is needed to help you stay on the right track and tell you if you do something that won’t help you reach your goal.
Meditation and breathing exercises
No, here we are not talking about yoga. Rather, it is about greater control over body and getting self-control. Learn to breathe properly for maximum oxygenation of the body and brain, which in turn will make you perform better. It’s also about being able to spend a few minutes each day to let go of silence and just for a while. When you get time for yourself, you can contemplate about life, and your goals and increase your chances of achieving them.
About the author
Jens is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Veloce International marketing blog and the influencer marketing directory Veloce Network. He is a social media and marketing nut, sharing his passion for online marketing and business in his articles.