It’s easy to set goals but achieving those goals is what counts. Setting goals is not the problem. Anyone can conveniently set goals but achieving those goals is where so many people get stuck. Achieving your goals is not an easy task. It can be daunting but it is not impossible. So many people struggle to achieve their goals but I got you covered. And today, I’ll be giving you some tips for achieving your goals. These tips will help guide you in the right path and eventually help you smash those goals!
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Goals are just goals and they won’t achieve themselves. We are the ones to put in our time and effort so those goals can come to life. If you are the type to set goals and abandon them, you need to get up and start working towards them. Until we work towards achieving our goals, they will remain goals and never become a reality.
I love setting goals. They are an amazing way to outline what it is you want to achieve and give yourself a direction. At the beginning of this year, I set some goals for myself and while I cannot say I have achieved all my goals for this year, I can certainly say I’m making good progress on them. Here are some tips for achieving your goals!
Set realistic goals
The first step in achieving your goals is setting realistic goal. If you are gonna set a goal like “Climb to the top of Mount Everest in 1 minute”, then you are gonna fail woefully cos guess what babes that’s impossible. Just as important as it is to set goals, it is also important to set realistic achievable goals.
Take baby steps
Baby steps are small acts that take you one step closer to achieving something. You don’t need to do everything at once. An adage says a single drop of water makes a mighty ocean. Instead of trying to do everything all at once, take little defined steps towards your goal and you will see yourself getting a little closer to your goal. Do not rush things. Take it slow!.
Have a to-do list
A to-do list is an amazing way to achieve your goals. To-do lists guide us in the path of our goals and they remind us of the fact that we do have uncompleted tasks. To-do lists are a big source of motivation for me, they always push me to achieve my goals and they make me more organized and focused on what has to be done.
Nothing good comes easily and consistence is key. If you are gonna work on your goals for one day and abandon them for a month, then you are most likely not going to get any result. Put in the time, effort and everything you need to put in until you see results.
Write down your goals
Writing down your goals help you visualize your goals. It creates an image in your mind of how you want the future to be. Writing your goals down will help you get clear on what exactly you want to accomplish and it will also motivate you to take steps to achieve your goals. Write down your goals down. Paste them in a place where you can see them everyday and watch your motivation and willingness to smash those goals peak!
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Break your goals into parts
Some goals can be large, complicated and tasking. One of the most effective ways to make achieving a goal seem less daunting is to break them into small manageable units.
Breaking your goals into parts makes them more achievable. For example, let’s say I want to start a blog. Starting a blog is a handful and so I will break it into parts just like this .
- Get a domain and hosting
- Get a theme
- Write a post
Set goals that you have an interest in
The importance of setting a goal you are genuinely interested in can never be overemphasized. Passion is one of the strongest forces that could help you achieve your goals. It’ll keep you going even in tough times. If you set a goal you don’t have a passion for, it’ll be easy to drop it and move on when things get tough. But if you set a goal you have passion for, your passion will drive you till the end.
Tbh, one of the things that push me to achieve my goal on time is setting a deadline. There’s something about setting deadlines that move you to get something done as soon as possible. I use deadlines and they have been one of the most effective methods of achieving my goals.
Breaks can be a total God-send! Sometimes when we feel unmotivated towards achieving our goals, we seem to get our groove back after taking a break. Breaks are a must. You are not required to work your ass out just cos you want to achieve a particular thing. Even while trying to achieve a goal, you should always look after yourself as often as possible. Breaks will help you be more effective in achieving your goals.
Let someone hold you accountable
This has helped me a whole lot. Sometimes, having someone hold you responsible and follow up on your goals is the best way to achieve your goals. I like having people follow up on my goals and hold me responsible for my goals. Find someone to hold you accountable for your goals. Let them keep checking on you, making sure your goals are not just lying there and you are working on them.
Different goals require different methods to achieve them. If a particular method does not work, re-strategize, try a different method and keep looking until you find a method that works for you. Do not be afraid to re-strategize and fire on. If one method doesn’t help in achieving your goals, drop it, find a more suitable method and make use of it.
Oh darn! I can be the queen of procrastination. If I was given 1 dollar for every time I procrastinated, I would probably be a billionaire right now haha. Procrastination has always been something I have struggled with. I would do it later. Later comes, I will do it later again. Procrastination can stop you from achieving your goals. Work on your goals without procrastinating. The best time is NOW! not later.
Put in the effort
In the end, everything I have stated would be ineffective and absolute bullshit if you don’t put in the effort. Your effort is what makes your goal become a reality. Put in all the effort you can and your effort will definitely yield results. Life rewards efforts so dive in and put in the effort.
Don’t beat yourself up when a goal seems so hard to achieve
Do not beat yourself up when a goal seems so hard to achieve. Some goals are as difficult to achieve as going to rescue a person from 10 lions without getting eaten haha (great illustration right?!). Some goals can be an absolute pain to achieve but no goal is impossible to achieve. Whenever a goal seems unachievable, instead of beating yourself up, calm down, take a break, remember why you started and fire on!!!