Goals help us to achieve great things from graduating college to getting that promotion to partner at work you’ve always wanted. Of course making goals is a lot easier than actually achieving them. All too often we make goals at certain points of our life or certain times of year like New Years and soon after those goals are forgotten or given up because they were too hard to achieve. But, nothing is worth something unless you have to work for it and any goal that you really want to reach needs to be given a bit of effort to reach it. The trick to reaching your goals is following a few steps that help you keep your eye on the goal throughout the process and below you will find 4 steps to help you reach your goals.
Step 1: Imagine the Goal
It’s easy to just think up a goal and then wait for it to happen, but one of the biggest steps to actually reaching that goal is imagining it fully in your mind. When you know the goal completely from front to back you are better able to understand what you need to do to reach it and you are better able to keep the goal alive inside your head throughout the ups and downs of trying to achieve it.
Step 2: Set Smaller Similar Goals Along the Way
When you dream up a big goal such as becoming a pediatrician or losing 50 pounds by the end of the year it helps to set smaller goals along the way that are similar to the big goal. If you’re looking to lose a lot of weight, set small goals of 5 pounds the first month, 20 pounds by the fourth month and so forth. When you achieve those smaller goals you get a boost of confidence that helps you get closer towards your big goal and it allows you to feel as if you are making significant progress in the overall effort.
Step 3: Be as Specific as Possible
Setting general goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to see China” isn’t as effective in motivating you as setting goals like “I want to lose 20 pounds by Christmas” or “I want to see China within 2 years.” Having specific goals keep you focused and give you a certain timeframe to keep you on task throughout the length of the goal.
Step 4: Don’t Blab about the Goal to Your Friends
Studies have shown that people who talk about their goal with friends are less likely to achieve it because they often get enough satisfaction from the goal just by saying they are going to achieve it. Keeping the goal to yourself can help you to stay focused on what you want and keeps your friends from discouraging you from the goal or making you feel pressured to achieve it on their schedule not yours.