In this blog post, I am going to go over the steps you need to take in order to set goals and achieve them. It’s not an easy process but if you follow these simple steps with the right mindset, you’ll be one step closer to getting your goals accomplished.
In order for your goals to work out for you, they have to be realistic and achievable. You also need a plan so that when obstacles arise or if things get frustrating, you know what move needs to be made next.
We are the result of our thoughts and actions.
So, if we don’t think it can be done, then we won’t do it. To get things done, you have to believe in yourself and do what needs to be done. Well, we know what needs to be done, but for some reason, it’s easier said than done.
That’s why you have to be persistent.
If something is really important to you, then you will find a way to get it done.
You can’t set huge goals and expect them to be completed in one day or one week. It may take you months or years before you accomplish what you wanted if it’s something big. If you have a bad habit that you want to break, it will take some time before you stop smoking or drinking.
What you need to do is set some short-term goals and work on those first.
Let’s say you want to lose weight, then your short-term goal would be to lose 5lbs every week. You can’t expect to lose 30lbs in one day now, can you?
In the same way, let’s say you want to create a successful blog, then your short-term goal would be to write one blog post a week.
You can’t expect to publish 12 articles in 24 hours now, can you?
Let’s say you want to make $10000 per month, then your short-term goal would be to make $2500 or more every week.
Do you see how that works?
It’s all about taking small steps.
If you want to run a marathon, you can’t just start running; first, you have to learn how to run then jog then walk until you can finally run the whole route.
The same thing applies when it comes to achieving your goals.
When you set your goals, make sure they are attainable and realistic so that way there’s a bigger chance for you to succeed.
If you set out to lose 30lbs in 1 week, then that goal is not achievable.
The last thing needed is motivation.
Motivation is a big key when it comes to achieving your goals.
Just like what I mentioned in the previous paragraph, if you don’t have enough motivation, you won’t be able to complete what you wanted to do.
So, let’s see how to really set and achieve your goals.
First, start from the basics.
What is a Goal Setting?
In simple words, goal setting is the process of translating your ideas into action to accomplish specific goals. A goal can be something that you want for yourself or for your business, it doesn’t matter. However, it has to be specific and realistic so that it would be easy for you to achieve your goals.
Translating ideas into action means that you have to write down your goals and take the first step towards achieving them.
As you may already know, a goal is basically anything that is important and meaningful to you that you want to achieve. Whether it’s a short-term or long-term goal, it doesn’t matter as long as it is something that you want.
For example, let’s say that you wanted to eat healthier foods like vegetables and fruits. Then, your goal is to eat a couple of fruits and vegetables every day so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If your goal is to build a successful online business, then that goal will be achieved once you figure out your business and market it properly.
If your goal is to lose weight, then that goal can’t be achieved if you don’t work out and maintain a healthy diet.
So, now that we know what is goal setting and the types of goals you can have, let’s understand why it’s important to set goals.
The Importance of Setting Goals
There are numerous benefits that you can get from setting goals.
Some benefits include reducing risks, increasing performance, building self-confidence, overcoming fears, and achieving your dreams.
Some people do not set goals because they are scared to fail or they are afraid of what will happen next when their goal is achieved. But, it doesn’t mean that you will stop moving forward just because you failed one or two times.
If you fail in setting your goals, that means you need to learn where you went wrong and how to do it properly the next time.
So, let’s see how these benefits can be applied to you and your life.
1. Reducing Risks
Setting goals will help reduce risks by taking steps towards achieving them.
If you want to get that promotion or you want to be a part of the leading group, then this goal will help you because it will allow you to work hard.
And, it will also help you learn new things.
2. Increasing Performance
Setting goals can help increase your performance by helping you work towards it.
It provides direction on how you can do things and what you need to do in order for you to accomplish it.
For example, if your goal is to practice a certain skill, then that goal will help you because it will allow you to practice more and learn new things.
3. Building Self-Confidence
Having goals will build your self-confidence because it allows you to have something to work for. Think of it this way, if you want to get promoted, then that goal will allow you to learn new skills and ideas so that way, your manager/supervisor will notice it.
4. Overcoming Fears
Having goals will help you overcome your fears because you are able to see the good side of it, rather than seeing it as something that will only bring fear and anxiety. It allows you to see the positive outcome of your goals and what will happen next if you achieve them.
5. Achieving Dreams
Last but not the least, having goals will help you achieve your dreams. If there are things that you want to do in life, then you can definitely achieve them if you work hard and never give up.
So, that’s basically it! Now that we know why we need to set goals, let’s go over the steps on how to set successful goals.
The Process of Setting Successful Goals
On your path towards success, you might stumble over a few milestones. And if you don’t achieve them, then it will be harder for you to get there.
But, if you set goals properly, then you are more likely to achieve them because it will give you a direction of what you need to do.
To achieve success, you need to make sure that your goals are SMART.
To define it, let’s see how it works.
To make sure your goals are smart, your goals should be:
Specific: Your goals need to be specific so that way, you know what exactly you are working for. If your goal is vague, then it will give you a direction of where to go.
Measurable: Your goals need to be measurable so that way, you will know how much you have achieved so far and how much you still need to improve in order for you to achieve your goal.
Attainable: Your goals have to be attainable so that way, it will be easier for you to achieve them. If your goal is difficult, then it might discourage you from trying.
Realistic: Your goals need to be realistic so that way, you can properly work on them and eventually achieve them. If your goal is unrealistic, then it will be harder for you to reach that goal. And, that’s not what you want, right?
Timely: Your goals need to have a deadline so that way, you can work towards them and make sure that you finish what you started.
So, now that we know how to set goals properly.
Let’s see how you can actually achieve it.
How to Achieve Your Goals?
When you’re done setting your smart goals, the next step is to learn how you can achieve them and actually finish them.
So, what should you do?
There are two ways that you can work towards achieving your goal, which are:
- Short-term goals
- Long-term goals
Short Term Goals: Your short-term goals should be your stepping stones towards achieving your long-term goals. If you want to get that promotion, then each short-term goal should help you get there. For example, you can start by learning a certain skill and as soon as you achieve it, then move on to the next level.
Long-Term Goals: Your long-term goals would be the actual goal that you are trying to achieve. If you want to get promoted, then your ultimate long-term goal would be to get that promotion.
In order for you to achieve your goals, you should know the things that you need to do in order to achieve them.
Just like how you set your goals and make sure that they are SMART, you should also know what steps you need to take in order for you to achieve it.
Your short-term goals will include the things that you need to do, which are your SUB goals. They are what you need to do in order to achieve your long-term goals because it will be easier for you to finish them than your long-term goal.
But, there’s a catch to it and that is:
Here are some proven habits to achieve your goals faster:
1. Visualize your goals
In order for you to achieve your goals, you should know what it looks like. You need to make sure that you visualize everything from where you are now to where you want to be in order for you to know what to do next.
Visualization of your goals helps you to focus on your goal and keep you motivated to achieve it, no matter how difficult it seems.
2. Write down your goals
When you write down your goals, it becomes easier for you to achieve them because it will give you a better idea of what you need to do, and how much time you need to do it. Thus, it makes your goals more attainable.
Written down goals are more powerful than goals you keep in your mind.
If you can, I will suggest that you write down your goals outside of your notebook so that you can see them every day.
You can also tell everyone around you about your goal.
By telling everyone around you about your goal, makes you more accountable for what you’re doing and not just setting goals with no progress at all. It will help you focus and make sure that you achieve your goal.
3. Think positive and be positive
In order for you to achieve your goals, then you need to think that you can do it. You have to believe in yourself and your abilities if you want to achieve them. And, the best way for you to do that is by being positive all the time.
If you always think negatively, then you will focus on all the negative things that are stopping you from achieving your goals.
But, if you always think positively, then it will give you the ability to focus on your goals and how to achieve them.
4. Break everything down
In order for you to start working towards your goal, you have to break everything down so that way, it will be easier for you.
And when I say “break everything down”, I mean this:
If your goal is to get that promotion at work, then you should know the different tasks which you need to accomplish so that you can achieve them.
If you want to start working out, then you should know the different things that you need to do so that you can start right away.
Do you see what I’m saying?
Whenever you want to achieve something, always break it down first because it will make it easier for you to achieve it.
5. Apply the 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule states that 20% of your efforts will contribute to 80% of your results. This means that if you work hard, then you can easily achieve your goals faster. Yes, working hard really does help.
If you want to achieve your goal faster, then you need to make sure that you focus your efforts on the things that will contribute most to your result.
Always put in your 100% to get the best results.
Do it now!
6. Prioritize your goals and do it now
If you want to achieve anything, then you need to act immediately. By doing that, you will know if you are really serious about it.
If you want to lose weight, then start dieting immediately. If you want to work out, then apply for the gym now.
If you want to do anything, then just go for it!
Always remember that everything starts with your mindset.
As long as you believe in yourself and know that you can achieve it, then everything will be easier. As long as you stay positive, think positively, and break everything down, then you can achieve your goal easily.
7. Plan, plan, and plan
You should always have a plan for what you are trying to achieve. List down the steps that you need to take in order for you to achieve your goal. It will make it easier for you to do because you will know what to do and when.
Just do it!
You should just do it now. You don’t need to procrastinate about it because if you postpone, then you will lose focus and become lazy.
You only have one life to live, so make sure that you do what you want to do and be someone whom you can be proud of. If you do all of these correctly, then you will surely succeed and achieve your goals.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Make sure that you keep track of your progress.
How do you do that?
You can use a notebook, or if you want to be more organized, then just use a document on your computer. In the document, you can keep track of everything that you have done already and what you need to do.
But, if you prefer using notebooks, then make sure that you put the date and what you have done as well as what you have to do for that day.
This will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and if you have been slacking off. It’s not recommended to slack off because you have to work hard if you want to succeed and actually your goals.
As long as you stay positive and follow the above-mentioned steps, then you should be able to achieve your goals.
Celebrate Your Success
After you achieve one of your goals, make sure that you celebrate it. You don’t need to go out and buy yourself something expensive (although, if you have the money then why not?) but just celebrate it with your friends or family.
If you are single, then go out and have dinner with yourself. 🙂
Do something that you enjoy and do it with the people whom you love.
Moments like this should be treasured.
By celebrating, you will feel accomplished and it will motivate you to continue working hard and achieving your other goals.
It’s not easy to achieve something but if you do it properly, then it’ll be a lot easier.
Make sure that you work hard, stay focused and always keep in mind what your goals are. Always remember that everything starts with yourself.
So, have fun and go out there and achieve what you want!
Reward Yourself for Small Wins
There’s nothing better than to reward yourself for whatever tiny win and success that you receive. You should always remember what your goal is, but if you see an opening, then take it. Take time off and treat yourself to something that makes you really feel good about yourself.
Don’t waste time and use it to your advantage.
And, make yourself feel good once in a while. You can treat yourself to something small like going out for dinner or buying a new dress.
When you succeed and achieve your goal, remember to celebrate it.
You deserve the recognition of achieving what you want and by celebrating it, you will feel good about yourself and motivated to keep going.
If the celebration is with your friends or your family, then remember to spend time with them and also celebrate your success.
Common Goal-Setting Mistakes
There are a few mistakes that people make while setting goals for themselves. Some people make the mistake of not writing their goals down while others forget to create a plan for what they are trying to achieve.
If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. So, make a plan and follow through with it for your goal(s). If you don’t have a plan, then you will lose focus and motivation. You might forget what it is that you are trying to achieve.
Here are some of the mistakes people make while setting goals:
1. Not Setting Clear Goals
Many people don’t bother to set clear goals because of time consumption. But, it’s important that you set your goals correctly.
Not setting clear goals can get you confused and lose focus on your main objective. You should make a detailed plan on what it is that you want to achieve.
The more detailed it is, the better because then you are able to see what needs to be done in order for you to achieve it.
That leads me to the next mistake…
2. Not Sticking with Your Goals
Many people give up on their goals.
Because they are unable to achieve them within the given time. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, “You can never fail until you give up.”
If you really want to achieve your goal, then make a schedule and follow through with it. Stick to your plan and do what it takes to accomplish it.
Not planning and not following through with your goals can lead to you quitting and giving up, which is not a good idea. You will never fail if you don’t give up and keep fighting for what you want to achieve.
So, don’t quit and don’t give up.
3. Setting Unrealistic Goals
Another mistake is to set unrealistic goals for yourself. You need to be realistic about it and make sure that your goals are achievable.
If you set unrealistic goals, then you will get discouraged when you are unable to achieve them in the given time and you will lose motivation and hope.
Unrealistic goals can also lead to failure because the person setting it might not be able to do it or they might quit after a few tries.
Setting goals that are achievable gives you the motivation to work hard and achieve what you want to achieve.
4. Not Evaluating Your Goal(s)
This might come as a surprise, but people don’t always evaluate their goals and what they want to achieve in life.
People who don’t evaluate their goals will find themselves lost and they have no idea where they are going in life.
They will also lose motivation and feel like giving up because they either don’t know what to do or they don’t how to achieve it.
Evaluating your goals will help you stay on the right path and achieve what it is that you want to do in life.
5. Not Rewarding Yourself
People don’t always reward themselves after they successfully achieve their goals. Rewards can be anything small like taking yourself out for dinner or buying a new video game that you have been wanting.
Rewarding yourself after achieving your goal will give you the motivation to do it again and keep going for it.
You will feel happier and glad that you have reached your goal or passed a milestone in your life. People need to set goals because, without them, things will never change or improve. And, of course, reward yourself even for small wins.
6. Not Taking Breaks
People are always working on their goals without taking any breaks.
If you are working on something, then take a break sometime in between so that you can refresh your mind and get some energy back.
Taking a break will help you relax and think over your plan before going back to it again. Taking a break will also keep you from getting exhausted.
And, you may also be depressed about your goal.
So, working without taking breaks won’t do much good because the person will not be able to enjoy it as much as they should.
If you make sure to follow these steps, then I guarantee that you will be able to achieve your goals and have a better chance of success.
Tips on How to Stay Motivated
Motivation is a very important thing when it comes to achieving goals because, without motivation, nobody will achieve what it is that they want.
You need to have a strong desire and motivation to achieve your goals.
Here are some tips to help you stay motivated:
1. Getting Things Done
When setting your goal, make it specific and make sure that you are able to achieve all the tasks needed. Also, don’t be afraid of setting multiple goals because you can always achieve them one by one.
Achieving small milestones along the way will give you the motivation to keep going and not give up. You need to set everything in order before you can even start making progress. So, go ahead and get things done.
2. Create a Timeline
Create a timeline for your goals so that you will have a specific time period to work on them. Having a set deadline keeps you motivated.
And, it also keeps going even when you are tired.
Reward yourself after your goal is achieved so that you can motivate yourself to do it again. It is great to have a goal, but without motivation and hope, you will not get very far. So, it is essential to reward yourself.
So, if you want to achieve your goals, then you need to make sure that you are able to do it. You have to have all the steps of “how to set goals and achieve them” ready before you can even start anything.
What will help you more, setting your goal or having it all ready for you?
3. Separate Your Personal Life
When you are at work, make sure that you separate your personal life from your work or job. You want to keep your focus on what you are doing and not let your personal life take over.
If you don’t separate the two, then things won’t turn out too well because of the distractions. Your personal life should be handled at home and not at work.
4. Avoid Distractions
To avoid distractions, put away the TV and all the electronic devices that might be able to distract you. If you don’t have any distractions, then you can focus more on your work or job.
Also, don’t let anybody distract you because people will try to take your attention away from what you are doing.
So, don’t let them do it or they might cause problems.
However, separating your personal life from work is the most important part to achieve goals because without it, everything will fall apart and you won’t be able to do what it is that you wanted. If you separate your life and work, then you will be able to make progress with achieving your goal.
Final Thoughts – How to Succeed?
So, there you go! I hope that this article helped you understand why we need to set goals and how you can achieve them.
Remember, you are your biggest critic and by taking the above-mentioned steps, you will be able to succeed and achieve your goals.
So, give it a try and see what happens!
Finally, you should know that working towards a goal takes perseverance and also courage and I know how it is to not be able to fulfill your dreams and goals, but I hope this article “How to set goals and achieve them?” is going to help you get started and achieve your goals the right way.
In the end, I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and if you find value in it, please share it. I really appreciate it if you do! It really helps me.
So, that’s it for now!
Go ahead and take action on what you learned so far.