According to statistics, only eight percent of people achieve New Year’s goals they set. Regardless of if you set a New Year’s goal, or just a general goal you want to achieve, if you want to be successful, you have to use the right process.
Simply stating that you have a goal, and how long you have to reach it, isn’t enough. Use the tips here to help you learn how to set smart goals that you can actually achieve.
- Be Specific About What You Want
Do you know what you want to achieve? Are there certain things that are preferable to others? Considering things such as 50 would you rathers that will destroy you forever, can help you figure out what you really want.
When you set any goal, you not only need the “what,” but also the “why” and the “how.” The more specific you can be, the higher likelihood you will have of achieving your goals.
- Make Sure Your Goals are Measurable
You need to make sure the goals you set are measurable. This will let you know when you are making progress, when you are on track and motivate you to take action.
The most important question to ask yourself is – how will you know when you have achieved your goal? If your goal isn’t measurable, you may never achieve success, because it hasn’t been defined.
- Set Attainable Goals
You need a goal that’s attainable. You also have to believe you can achieve it. Not only do you need to set attainable goals, you also need to be excited about achieving them.
If you have a boring goal, then this won’t provide the motivation needed to take massive action and make a change in your life for the better.
- Set a Deadline
If you set a deadline, it will help to dramatically enhance your motivation and your focus. If you have ever worked under a time limit or deadline, then you know how fast you can produce top-quality work.
Do you have a goal to lose 50 pounds? If you don’t see results in a day or two (even if you have a deadline of several months) you may become discouraged. Consider setting small deadlines, such as two pounds per week. This will help you meet goals and remain motivated through the duration until your ultimate goal is reached.
- Do Something Each Day to Help You Achieve Your Goal
You have to do something everyday to help you get closer to the goal you have set. While you will eventually need to take some time off, if you don’t take everything seriously the first 30 days to create momentum, then it’s almost guaranteed you will never reach your goal.
The first 30 days are crucial in convincing yourself that you are serious about making a change and meeting the goal that you have set for yourself.
- Adapt and Adjust to Setbacks
As you work on your day to day goals to reach your larger goals, you have to be willing and ready to adapt. If your small goals seem to simple, then make things harder. If things are too difficult, then make them easier.
The goal is to challenge yourself without making things so difficult that you want to give up. Find the middle road so you advance every day.
Setting a goal is the easy part. Achieving it is what’s challenging. Using the tips here will help ensure you have the best chance possible to set goals you can achieve.