Simple Tips for Achieving Goals
Achieving goals can often be more difficult than people realize. We may have a burning desire to see changes in our lives— less stress , a healthier lifestyle, more money in the bank account—but actually implementing those changes involves much more than merely
motivation (though that’s necessary as well)! If you already have the motivation, this information on achieving goals can help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Visualize What You Want
Books like The Secret and concepts like The Law of Attraction have caught on in a major way lately because they give voice to what most of us intuitively understand: visualizing what you want in life is an essential step toward achieving it.
A major part of achieving goals is actually knowing what those goals are .
Many people start with big concepts like, ‘I want to have more money’, ‘I want to live a healthier lifestyle ‘, or ‘I want to be happier’. What they don’t realize is that these goals are vague and sweeping enough that it’s very difficult to know what steps to take, when you’ve done enough, or when you’re close but need to make a few changes in direction.
As you work on achieving goals, remember that setting goals is an important first step. Try to:
Break It Down
How can you reach your major goals and most ambitious dreams without burning out and losing motivation in the process? How can you get where you want to be when it’s difficult to maintain a new habit for more than a week or two?
The secret lies in breaking large goals into smaller ones. This keeps each step do-able and allows you to reward your progress along the way.
This is also the secret to reaching several goals at once; you have enough energy to meet several small goals in the same time frame and work toward achieving large goals in multiple areas of your life. When breaking down goals, consider the following:
It’s often difficult to work on achieving goals in a vacuum–having people to offer support and help you keep your motivation up while you’re working toward your goals is key.
Enlisting support from those close to you, from those in your community, and from others can make the difference between you feeling that you’re swimming against the stream, and feeling you’re being carried along toward your goal.
Here are some ways in which you can use the support of others to push you along toward achieving goals:
The best part of setting small goals as subsets of your big ones—and a great self-motivational tool—is the ability to reward yourself when you make progress.
Stopping and patting yourself on the back as you meet the milestones along the way in achieving your goals is a way to gain momentum and keep from becoming overwhelmed and discouraged as you “climb your mountain.”
Rewards can take many forms, but should ideally be something that’s tied to your goal, something that’s not too difficult to give yourself, and something you personally enjoy. For example, when I maintain regular workouts, I reward myself with workout clothes (usually every 10th workout or so). This is a great motivational tool for me because I really love workout clothes, and getting something new makes me feel more excited to do my workouts. Also, each new outfit is a little more fun to buy as I become more toned.
Likewise, when my goal is to de-clutter my home, I tend to buy little things for the home as I complete each section of the house: a clean living room deserves fresh flowers or a nice houseplant; a de-cluttered bathroom can now house some new bubble bath. By using rewards that work better with my newly met goals (once the room is clean, the flowers are more showcased and the bubble bath is more easily savored), I motivate myself with the thought of having them and reward myself with them after achieving g oals I’m working on.