Setting goals is very easy but staying focused and achieving them is the hard part. We all struggle with procrastination and distractions that draw us further apart from our goals. But it is indeed possible to set goals and achieve them. Let’s look at a few tips to help you be on the right path to achieving all the goals you set:
Make SMART goals
You need to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
Specific goals: Don’t be vague when it comes to goal setting. You need to be certain about your goals in order to know how you are going to achieve them. If you set ambiguous goals, be ready to produce ambiguous results.
Attainable goals: One mistake most people make is that they set goals which they can’t achieve. Don’t set unreasonable expectations otherwise you may end up giving up.
Realistic goals: Set goals that are realistic you are able to make a reality. Think about what it will take for you to do it and if those things don’t happen then it cannot be achieved.
Time-sensitive goals: When setting goals, have a time end because it will help you to work harder knowing that there is a deadline that you have to meet. If it’s a big goal, break it down into smaller parts. Just remember every goal you set needs to have a timeline.
Let someone hold you accountable
Share with someone what your goals are and they will help you to be accountable. Accountability is what helps you to keep on moving forward even when you feel like giving up. You’ll know someone is watching you and possibly encouraging you to stay focused.
Write them down
When you have the goals written down it’s a good reminder for you every day. Have each one of these goals written on a piece of paper and stick it on your bathroom mirror so that you are reminded every morning. It can help you not to lose sight of them.
Have an action plan
It’s important for you to really understand how you intend to achieve those goals. Is there a specific method that you need to employ in order to achieve them? Write it down and take a deep look. Have you stretched yourself too thin? Don’t just set goals for the sake of it or make action plans that are not realistic. Make sure you have the strength, willingness and capability to stay on course.
Get your priorities right
When setting goals, think about the things that are most important to you; those goals need to be in line with each one of these priorities. For instance, if you want to set long term goals, think of what you need to improve on and what doesn’t have to change.
Track your progress
Decide when you are going to track your progress. It can be once every week or monthly but it’s a good idea if you want to remain focused on achieving those goals. In fact, you can track your progress on a daily basis.
Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified
Developmental and Behavioral Specialist
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