Five Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals

You are pumped with big ideas for your life. Ideas that will act as stepping stones that lead to better life experiences and ultimately the better version of yourself.

Every year you promise yourself that this will be the year that you finally accomplish a particular goal. Then life gets in the way and you look at the calendar and realize it is already July and the year is halfway over. Where did the time go? What progress have you made toward attaining that goal?

Between juggling careers, families, friendships and health, day-to-day life can be exhausting. As a result, often times it is difficult to find the energy needed to accomplish a goal.

Yet there is a reason why you want to accomplish these things, so respect that desire and do something about it. Here are a few tips to help you get there.

Visualize It

For many people, actually seeing a goal is more powerful than keeping it as a mere mental image or an item on a checklist, especially for visual learners. Huffington Post Women suggests making a vision board to help you internalize how it will feel when you accomplish your goal.

Want to travel? Post photos of the places you want to visit. Seeing these photos every day will keep you focused. Have a goal to make it to the next level in your career? Post inspirational quotes in your cubicle to keep you motivated throughout the day. Want to lose weight? Cut out a picture of an outfit that you would like to wear once you reach that goal.

Inform Others

Making yourself accountable to your friends and family is one of the best ways to stick to, and ultimately reach, your goals. Psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthews, of the Dominican University of California, conducted a study on goals that included 267 participants from a wide variety of businesses, organizations and networking groups. Matthews found that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were, on average, 33 percent more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.

When you tell people your goals, they will get on board and help you get there. Trying to save money? Tell your friends. Everyone can benefit from having extra cash; they will probably come up with alternatives to those pricey dinners and shopping trips.

Being open with your goals can also help when you encounter setbacks. You will hear from friends and family who have experienced the same and they will get your mind back on track.

Put it on the Calendar (in “Pen”)

Impose a date on yourself and put that goal on a calendar. Want to run a marathon? Pick one and sign up. Lacing up your running shoes and training is much easier if you have an actual date you are working towards rather than something elusive.

Be Realistic

Let’s face it; there are some goals that you might not be able to achieve. By letting your goals get bigger than your abilities, you are only setting yourself up for failure. That being said, you still need to challenge yourself. Just make sure your goals are attainable.

Remain Committed to Yourself

The only person that matters in this process is you. You are the one that has to put in the work. There will be times when you veer off track. Each time this happens, take a step back and recommit to your goal. In a year from now, will things be different? What can you do with your goals right now that will make looking back on this day feel different and satisfying? You have to work hard at some point; it might as well be now.

We want to hear from you: What challenging goals have you achieved by using some of these techniques? What other techniques have helped you remain focused on accomplishing your goals?

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