Too often we start the year full of enthusiasm and the zeal to achieve life goals. We have either put these goals off for far too long or we are so full of energy to achieve, we go a little overboard with long lists and quite often unachievable goals.
5 ways to ensure your goals are achieved:
I find that the best time to write out goals for the year is actually within the year. The build up of excitement during festivities makes us go overboard with goals, more often than not, leaving the realistic realm and venturing far above what is attainable. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to dream BIG and aim HIGH, however, to achieve goals, some form of realism is required.
Writing quarterly goals may be more realistic as a year is quite a long time to know exactly what you want to be achieved by the year. This gives room for adaptability as you go through the year for unforeseen circumstances can change the course of our goals. A bucket list is also a way of reducing the pressure placed on yourself to achieve, this gives you the flexibility of planning, saving and exploring as you deem fit.
Too much pressure too soon is a major goal decapitator! All pumped up full of energy and enthusiasm, gearing up to Go! Go!! Go!!! I have found out that just the right amount of pressure at the right time in a systematic manner will ensure endurance until the end. As the famous saying goes “Slow and steady wins the race”.
Starting a business or working on a project? Looking to lose some weight, self-develop or upping your skills set? Time management is key as we all know procrastination is a world renowned thief of time.
Planning ahead and reviewing your progress perhaps monthly or quarterly is the key to gauging your progress. Depriving yourself of the things you love may affect you adversely. Whining yourself gradually off old habits has proved to be more effective and sustainable.
When it comes to achieving the goals you have set out, you can’t rely on willpower as this soon fizzles out as enthusiasm reduces despite your best intentions at the onset. It is like fighting against your wants and desires, more often than not, you give into this.
The key is to have a strong will to achieve; understanding WHY the goal being achieved is important to you, writing out the benefits to you and creating a mental image of the success you will feel once this is achieved.
Going confidently in the direction of your dreams with the:
• Essential tools
• Time management
• A clear vision
• Strong will to succeed
• Working in short blocks with the right amount of pressure
• Throwing some fun in the mix
Having all of these will guarantee you success.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery