Setting goals is a big part of success. Without specific and achievable goals, your success will be left up to faith and random luck — which is no way to live.
Goal setting is a simple yet powerful way to achieve what you want to achieve. The most powerful types of goals (e.g. The ones that are most achieved) have two things in common. They are specific and achievable.
It’s great to want to be successful but you will never achieve success unless you define what success is to you. That’s why if you have a goal of being successful, you must make it as specific as possible.
Poorly Worded Goal: I want to lose weight
Better Worded Goal: I want to lose 30 pounds
Still Better Goal: I want to lose 30 pounds in 6 months by cooking my own food and running.
The more specific, the more actionable the goal is and the easier the goal will be to achieve.
Break Big Goals Into Smaller Goals
Now that you have your big goal, it’s essential that you break down your big goal into smaller goals.
Breaking down your goals into quanta size chunks makes monitoring your progress much easier. It also allows you to celebrate the small wins on your way to achieving your bigger goals. These small wins will get you in the mindset to think more positively about your circumstances and reinforce a can do attitude.
Another aspect of goals is that they must be achievable. Goals that are not achievable will just frustrate you to no end. This does not mean you don’t set grand goals. This just means that the probability of achieving your goals needs to be better than 50/50 or it may just be a futile effort.
Let’s say you want to run a marathon but your are 30 pounds overweight. The big goal is run a marathon which is achievable but would be even more achievable if you lost 30 pounds first. The incremental goal of losing 30 pounds (which could be it’s own big goal) paves the way to the bigger goal of finishing a marathon.
The best types of goals build on themselves because they are achievable. This cycle of goal achievement is what fuels more and more accomplishment.
What Goals Do You Have?
It’s important to set goals for yourself simply because it gives you something to focus on. Without focus, it can be hard to get done what you want to get done.
One other aspect of achieving your goals is to let others know. This not only gives you the accountability that will keep you honest but also give you a support group that can give you that little nudge when you need it.
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