Understanding the importance of goal setting is one of those things that you need to do if you want to be successful. Bill Copeland once said that “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score” and he couldn’t be more right. Knowing how to set goals for yourself is essential for making your dreams come true. Even though dreams can inspire you, goals can really change your life for the better. Goals are actually all about action and they help turn dreams into reality. Here are 7 tips on how to set realistic goals and still achieve your biggest dreams that you should consider.
SET A DATE
Goals will propel you forward and if you set a date for accomplishment, this will give you something to plan and work for. Milton Erickson, the famous hypnotherapist said that “A goal without a date is just a dream”. A goal is the inner representation of your desires and also a reminder of what you need to accomplish to be successful.
BREAK IT DOWN
Once you will define your goal, you should break it down into smaller parts. This way, you will know what steps you need to take and what small accomplishments you need to achieve in order to reach your goal. Mapping your milestones and making your next steps more manageable will help you stay on track.
IDENTIFY POSSIBLE CHALLENGES
Once you set your goals, try to identify any possible challenge that you may encounter along the way so you’ll be able to overcome it and to not let it prevent you from fulfilling your dream. It could be anything, from a busy home-life, a competitive co-worker or even some financial set-backs.
CELEBRATE YOUR MILESTONE
Once you achieve one of your smaller goals, make sure that you celebrate your success. This way, you will be more motivated to work hard and do everything you can to achieve your objectives. So just pat yourself on the back once you check off those smaller goals.
GOALS HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR FAILURE
Having set a date for reaching your goals will help you re-evaluate your path if you fail. If you realize that you should have accomplished more than what you actually did, you can look back and you can see what changes you need to make if you want to get where you want to be.
SHARE YOUR GOALS
Share your goals with anyone who is willing to listen. Tell others more about your objectives. This way you will stay accountable and on track with your efforts. By sharing your dreams and goals, the people around you may help you with the challenges that you’ll face along the way. They will inspire you, they will support you and they will motivate you to work hard to make your dreams come true.
GOALS HAVE A COST
Just keep in mind that while dreams are free, goals have a cost. Even though you can daydream for free, goals require time, money, effort and sweat. Goals also produce results and while dreams are imaginary, goals are based in reality and they are more about what you can actually accomplish.
Goals will transform insurmountable mountains into walkable hills, they will tell you what you truly want, they will help you live life to the fullest and they will propel you forward.
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