Goal Setting – The Top 10 Tips to Achieving Your Goals!
Set the goal- Clearly identify what you want to do. It is important that you actually set the goal and not merely hope you get what you want. Simply saying I want to fit and trim is not a goal. You have to identify your target weight and set a goal to achieve it.
Categorize- Determine which area of your life your goal belongs in. Is it a financial goal, spiritual, or a physical goal? If it is a professional goal then you will need to take into consideration everything in your professional life which impacts your goal. You also want to understand the bearing a goal in one area of your life can have on another area of your life. It is best to think this out as you are setting your goals.
Plan- Next make a plan. This plan should take into consideration the road blocks and obstacles that you anticipate facing. You may not be able to plan for every hurdle that you will eventually face, but start with what the challenges that you are already aware of. Make plans on how you can go from where you are now to where you want to be. Map out a plan for hitting your goals.
Work- Do the work that is necessary. Day by day work your plan. Make a commitment to take action on your goal. Your work ethic is the one thing over which you have complete control over.
Be Consistent- Do something to propel you forward daily. Do not back off. Do not let a day go by where you did not do something to advance yourself towards achieving your goal.
Revisit the Goal- Use goal cards to keep your goal before you. Vision boards can also help you in a major way. Each time you revisit your goal you reinforce your commitment. Place pictures up so that you can maintain a good memory of the reason behind your work.
Be Accountable- When you tell someone that you plan to do something you will strive harder to make it happen. After all you gave your work.
Identify Rewards- Clearly determine, in advance, what you intend to receive in return for all of you efforts. Your anticipation of claiming this reward will keep you going when you feel like quitting.
Get a Mentor- It helps you eliminate costly mistakes when you can learn from someone who has already done what you are striving to do.A mentor can save you from years of frustration and confusion.
Use Affirmations- What you say to yourself matters. Use uplifting self-talk. Always tell yourself that you can do it. Your self-talk programs your subconscious. So always talk in terms of what you want and never in terms of what you do not want.