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Behind every successful person is the thirst to achieve their goals. We set goals to move forward in life. The accomplishment of our goals help us advance into a better situation, better lifestyle, more ideal sense of self. It’s important to tackle our goals so we can become the people want to become.
Finding the drive to get down and dirty with our aspirations isn’t always easy. Motivation may not come naturally for each and every one of us. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reach your goals.
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Here are 10 Ways to Tackle Goals Like A Boss:
1. Be Realistic
You’ve probably heard that anything is possible. Everything we want to accomplish IS possible, but you have to be realistic on your journey to that point.
If one of your goals is financial growth, you have to assess your current financial situation in a rational way. For example: If you want to save $20,000 in a month, you have to make $20,000 in a month first. If you aren’t making anywhere near $20,000 in 30 days, your goal is unrealistic for you.
Make sure the goals you’re setting are appropriate for your means. The process of tackling realistic goals is frustrating, it can feel like you’re not really accomplishing anything. Keep working on your realistic goals and create new and bigger goals from there.
Eventually, you will reach a place where your previously unrealistic goals become reality.
2. One Goal At A Time
Taking on several goals at once can be overwhelming and counterproductive. Humans aren’t wired to multitask. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that we can’t. We can’t focus on multiple things at the same time, instead, we divide our attention and shift between things. This can cause confusion, anxiety or slow progress.
The same goes for our goals. It’s hard to work on two big goals at the same time. Practicing a new habit requires a certain level of commitment to that habit.
If you’re trying to reach a specific goal, you can’t have any distractions. You have to focus all of your attention on accomplishing a single goal.
3. Break Goals Down Into Smaller Goals
Major goals can be super overwhelming, especially when you aren’t even sure where to start! You have to break down these big goals into smaller, more attainable goals. Changing a lifestyle habit or implementing a new habit for a goal can be difficult, it’s best to take it slow and in small pieces. You will have the best results with this method.
Having a big goal is intimidating and daunting to start. It may feel like there’s a long distance between where you are now and where you want to be with your goal. Sometimes that intimidation alone can be the reason why you never get started on your goal at all!
Creating smaller goals that work towards an ultimate goal is the best way to tackle your biggest dreams or aspirations.
4. Step By Step
You wouldn’t go on a cross-country road trip without a map, would you? You shouldn’t try to smash goals without a good plan either!
Having a clear step by step plan for your goals can make a difference. Create a guide with steps that you must take in order to accomplish your goal. Having a plan will help you move forward, it will be smoother for you to navigate through every goal you have.
` A plan can push you in the right direction with your goals. Figure out where to start, what to do next, and watch those goals become more reachable and easier to accomplish.
5. Write Down Your Goals
I love writing down everything in my life, it helps me keep track of what I need to be doing. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s how I get things done! When I have new goals I want to tackle, putting them on paper makes them more realistic for me.
Writing down your goals and listing the reasons why you want to accomplish them will give you a better sense of motivation. If you want to, pour some creativity into it or start a bullet journal for all your goals.
Visualizing your goals will help your mind focus in on that goal, making YOU more likely to achieve it!
I know what you’re thinking: I already have enough deadlines in every aspect of my life, why add more? Well, it’s simple: deadlines are important. They keep us on track with our work and progress. They help us accomplish things in a timely manner. Deadlines are like an All Caps headline in a newspaper, they’re attention-grabbing and eye-opening.
When it comes to goals, it gives us a sense of urgency to get moving on our goals. Defining the timeline for when something needs to be done is more likely to us to get that particular thing done, right?
The same goes for your goals. If you don’t set a time limit, you will keep putting it off. Or you will drag out your goal for so long that it becomes more like a chore to get it done than inspiring.
I could preach all day about the importance of keeping a healthy routine in your life. A routine is a fixed program of actions that are followed regularly. They are a great way to make or break a habit, keep you on track, and most importantly, keep you sane!
Integrating your goal into your daily routine will make tackling that goal so much easier. If your goal revolves around creating a good habit or breaking a bad habit, making it a part of your everyday routine is beneficial. When you make your goal a normality in your life, you’re more likely to keep with it.
For example: we get into a routine of brushing our teeth every morning and night. If you’ve ever had to go without brushing your teeth for a day, it can feel completely wrong! That’s because it’s a part of your routine and taking that small portion out is enough to throw off your entire day.
8. Tell Your Loved Ones
Talk about your goals! Speak them into existence!! In fact, tell everyone you know. Your friends and family are the best support system, they will help encourage you to stick to your goals.
I’ve found personally that speaking about my goals with people that are important to me makes me want to accomplish those goals even more. Maybe it’s the sense of pride I have, maybe I don’t want to let them down. Either way, I will tackle my goals more efficiently if someone knows I have them.
9. Try Again and Again
Aaliyah said it best: Dust yourself off and try again! Success rarely comes on the first try. If you fail, chalk it up as a lesson and try again. Giving up as soon as you’re met with failure is a sure fire way to never achieve your goals.
When we fail, we learn. We learn what to do better next time, what mistakes we had, and important lessons to help us move forward in life. I always consider a failed goal as motivation to accomplish that goal next time.
Don’t let failure make you lose inspiration or feel down on yourself. Grow from that failure and show that goal who’s boss!
10. Be Proud About Your Progress
Even small progress towards a goal is impressive, be proud of that! You’re already one step closer to reaching your goal.
The hardest thing for me when it comes to feeling proud of myself was that I felt I couldn’t only be proud if I had huge life-changing results. I would constantly feel let down with myself when I only made a few small steps in the right direction. That mindset can make it impossible to ever accomplish your goals.
Progress is progress. Every step of the way is critical, even if it’s a small step. Without that step, you wouldn’t be where you are now. Be proud of your progress!!