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This time of year (December 2018), everyone is looking toward the new year.  We all want to be sure the next year is better than the year before.  To do so, we need to set goals.  That is probably nothing new to you, you’ve heard that all your professional life.  The real question is — How to set goals and how to achieve them.

In this post I’m going to give you ten strategies you can use to failure proof your goals.  Any of these will be helpful, but combining them will have a greater impact.  Some may not apply to you and your goals.  Most will.  Just be sure you are incorporating these into your goal planning process.

Also, be sure you establish a baseline for the important areas of your life.   You can’t achieve what you can’t measure. And you can’t measure progress toward a goal if you don’t know the starting point.  ( A good free tool for this is Michael Hyatt’s LifeScore Assessment.  It is only available for a limited time at the end of the year)


10 Strategies For Goals You Want To Achieve In Life


1. Commit To The Importance of Setting Goals

The most habitual mistake throughout the preparation stage of goal setting is to overlook the importance of setting goals. In truth, a lot of people do not understand that specifying goals for both the short term and the long term can  discover purpose, meaning and even motivation to achieve the goals set.

Making this mistake does not just impact your course of action, but also the attitude towards the goals. Without a sense of purpose or significance of the goals, you cannot merely use your passionate effort to achieve success.

Goals are not just things on a to-do-list which you can check off once you’ve finished it. Goals are stepping stones to a larger cause in life. For that reason, we ought to define our goals clear enough before we set ourselves on the journey to accomplish them.


2. Focus On Both Long Term AND Short Term Goals

Our concentration on the end results have typically thwarted us as our personal growth.  We essentially tie one hand behind our back when we have only set long term goals.  We also need short term goals to achieve the long ones.

Suppose one of your goals is to start a bakeshop.  You need to not just be great in baking cakes and making a range of confectionery and pastries, you need to also understand how to manage the service and utilize the right individuals to help you run the bakeshop. Those are the short term goals of getting everything in place before recognizing the long term goal of operating a bakeshop.

Setting short-term goals in sight of the longer term goals assists us in focusing on on one goal at a time.  This allows us to construct more momentum on each success.  The accomplishment of each short term goal brings us closer to the long term results. Normally, this sort of achievement pleases us even more in the end.


3. Believe You Will Achieve Your  Goal

During the stages of setting goals, you want to embrace the foreseeable obstacles, after adequate analysis, and not be discouraged by them.

Be careful.  Over-analysing and constantly filling ideas and efforts with doubts will definitely end the goal setting process momentum.


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During the stages of goal setting, we have to acknowledge that it would not be possible to respond to all the concerns and produce significant strategies to overcome the foreseeable obstacles.


4. Writing Goals as Positive Statements

This is a powerful way for how to set goals and achieve them.   Write them in a positive frame — as things we will receive instead of things we want to avoid or prevent.  Make your goals about working towards something you desire.

When we are composing our goals as something we attempt to prevent or as barriers, it negatively impacts our motivation to complete the work. How we compose our goals can really affect how view it. To put it simply, nobody wants their goals to sound discouraging.

Writing “Don’t raise less than 120lbs for your bench press” absolutely does not sound as motivating as “I want to lift at least 120 pounds on the bench press.”

The way the goals are written needs to inspire us to be devoted to our goals and not attempt to kindle the fear of failure in us.


5. Set Very Specific Goals

Having goals which sound the same year after year or like everyone else implies the goals you have set are not specific enough. This tends to discourage you from being effective.

Earlier I wrote that you need to know where to start from when you set your goals.  Having a baseline is essential to setting specific goals.

For instance, if you want to buy a house, you should discover the marketplace cost of the home, its size, its style, the loan repayment, rates of interest of the loan, the location of the house and numerous other needed factors for you to acquire your home effectively.

Whether it’s a vacation you’re planning or increasing your income, the more you define your goals, the clearer it remains in your mind.  They clearer they are in your mind the more persuaded you become that these are the goals you really wish to accomplish.


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6. Measure results

Business leaders and business owners frequently face this problem.   They have to make use of the right tools to measure the progress of their services.  The same can be said for anyone who wants to accomplish something worthwhile.

Those who have no idea how to measure the development of their work throughout the goal setting process are destined stop working.

Measuring outcomes is the only a great way of guaranteeing you are on the right track to your long term goals. Doing so offers you the possibility to enhance your results based upon the goals you have actually accomplished.


7. Set Very Important Goals

Losing time on goals which are not important to you will not help you in the long term.

Here is a recipe for frustration -- set a lot of goals at one time and not produce any outcomes for each goal after a lot effort.  If you don't really care about a goal then forget it.  You will come to resent it and it will impact your enthusiasm for your other your progress towards the long term goal.

Stay concentrated on the goals the mean something to you and try to achieve one goal after another.

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8. Don't Set "Castles In The Air"

If you set goals which you might not realistically achieve, you will feel defeated and eventually will give up on chasing after your goals. Don't  sabotage your opportunities of attaining your goals by being unrealistic.

In setting your goals, you need to set short-term goals or stepping stones for you to reach the bigger goals. These 'stepping stones' will also bolster you when you face larger challenges in your pursuit of your dreams.

At the end of the day, it's important to be ambitious but not too unrealistically thrilled.


9. Set A Sensible Time Frame For Your Goals

While you can't determine results with the realistic goals you have actually set, time is always an essential factor.  Any delay in achieving your goals implies less can be done to achieve it.

Some goals, by their nature, have a time limit.  Progress must be determined over certain quantity of time.

For example, you have a goal to have your dream vacation by July 3 years from now.  To do so you need save up about 10% of your pay every month. If you don't, you will not have adequate cash for the holiday.  So it's crucial that you save enough by the deadline so you can take your vacation.


10. Get Advice From Others And Make A Decision

The opinion of others may have significant leverage in your goal setting procedure.   If these individuals are close to us, like our family, coworkers and good friends their opinion or advice may be well intentioned. Get advice based upon actual experience and then make a decision about your goals.

The risk of setting the 'goals of others', under the illusion that you share those goals, might actually circumvent Strategy 7.  When your goals are entirely based upon the opinions of others, you'll never feel the satisfaction of accomplishing them .


After reading these ten strategies, it is easy to think that we could attain our goals as long as we follow all of them. True, doing so does increase the probability of accomplishing our goals. However ,what a lot of individuals have overlooked,  is the sheer determination to sacrifice lots of other things along the way.

Rather of asking ourselves questions like "What kind of success do you wish to have? Just how much resources are you prepared to utilize to reach your goal?", we must be able to respond to "How badly do you desire to do this? How much can you sacrifice for this?" What encourages us need to not only be extrinsic, it must also be intrinsic.

Many people wish to be popular, successful, even famous with their work, but few understand that having goals is simply the easy part.  You have to do the work to accomplish them.

The sky is the limit. Everybody desires a gold medal. Very few are willing to train, eat and live like a world champ.

Simply put, setting goals with just the future rewards in sight will not get us there.  We have to be focused on the real strategies to lead to success and do the work.

    1 Response to "10 Strategies On How To Set Goals And Achieve Them"

    • jusbnicole

      This was very insightful! I enjoyed reading it.

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