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How To Set Goals For Yourself And Achieve Them

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Some people may feel lost, not knowing where they are headed in life. They may work hard and keep busy earning money, but they may still be unable to gain a clear view of what they want for themselves. 

The problem is that they are not spending time thinking about their destination.   

When was the last time you thought about what you really want in the future? How about you begin today? 

Let this article help you organize your desired plans and bring your life in a new focus.

How To Set Goals For Yourself and Achieve Them


1. Think of Realistic Life Goals


The first step is to identify what you genuinely want to achieve. Imagine yourself, say, five or 10 years from now.

What came to your mind? Do you want to start on your wealth and your career? How about the other important areas in life such as health, relationships and happiness? Do not worry, though, as there is no perfect answer.

The trick here is to choose a medium-term and long-term goals.

Goal setting is something that many people try to do, but only a few succeed because they don’t know where to concentrate their efforts. 

Think about your current situation. You can reasonably decide what you want in the future when you are fully aware of where you are right now. Evaluate and reflect.

2. Create a Specific Goals List & Strategy


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Now that you have measurable life goals in mind, create a detailed action plan and get started on the process. Be as specific and as thorough as possible.

Figure out how you can get there in a way that you will also enjoy the journey.

This is why it is best to write down your goals and lay out the strategies to make them feel tangible.

Think deeply about the methods that will encourage you to move forward.

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You will learn what areas you need to improve and know what skills you have to gain. Gather information that will guide you when it comes to heading a team.

Start prioritizing, so you can determine what the next steps should be to
make your dreams happen.

3. Keep Track of Your Actions


Every day, do one thing that can help you make your big goal a reality.

If your goal is to save $15,000 in a year, then aim to save $1,250 every month. You can reduce your expenses by ditching that morning coffee at Starbucks or staying at home on Friday nights.

Once you have done something productive in a month, make sure it’s on your journal. This way, you will have a clear picture of where you are going.

The key here is to focus on one goal at a time, then put all your energy and
time into achieving it.

Let your objectives be the reminder for you to continually overcome the challenges and stay positive. Sure, it gets more challenging, but prove to yourself how committed you are.

4. Make It Stick No Matter What


Most people strive to reach goals that are wrong for them. Therefore, when you start something, be sure to finish it and that you are satisfied with the outcome.

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It is important that your steps are clear, so you can stick to your game plan. Think of the small things that can greatly motivate you to stay on your path.

Surround yourself with like-minded people, get a life coach or read inspirational books.

For instance, a comprehensive life coaching workshop can help you achieve ambitious results. 

Always start your day by reminding yourself of the goals you want to accomplish.

Sometimes there are hurdles that will slow down your progress, but giving up is not an option.

5. Wrapping Up 


Setting realistic goals will give you long-term motivation and vision in life

It’s something that you should take seriously, so you will not get left behind. Keep in mind that increasing your chances of succeeding starts with you. Just maintain your focus and you can work on it on your own time.

6. How To Set Goals For Yourself List


Here's a step by step list of everything we've talked about in this article:
  1. Evaluate and reflect on your current life and 10 years from now;
  2. Set medium-term and long-term goals;
  3. Write them down specifically;
  4. Create a strategy for each goal where you can enjoy the process;
  5. Prioritize and start taking action;
  6. Keep track of your results and achievements;
  7. Surround yourself with goal achieving minded people;
  8. Finish what you start.
  9. Remind your goals daily, keep going!

Hope you've enjoyed this article and now you know what to do, in order to set goals for yourself and achieve them.
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Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

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