HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS: 16 BEST TIPS OF ALL TIME

We all have a certain imagination where we see ourselves in the future. We dream and admire others who are already in the place that we want to be.

Each one of us wants to achieve something in life. We set goals at the beginning of the year, month, week but they rarely come into reality.

Does it sound like you?

It has been me for a very long time, but since I started setting goals things changed a whole lot of.

As far as setting goals have a tremendous impact on succeeding in your life, in order to achieve them, you need to have an actionable plan that you’re going to follow.

So, are you crystal clear about what your main objective is and who do you want to be once you have achieved your goals?

Have you set your goals for this year that you wish to accomplish? Are you taking steps that will move you forward?

If not, what’s holding you back from achieving it?

Life circumstances often interrupt the best plans that we make, but more often than this, it’s our own minds that get in the way of our goals.

Let this be the end of all that and let’s all make 2021 our year!

Here are 16 tips on how to achieve your goals from the top blogs.

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1. Set Goals That Motivate You

When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them.

If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances od you putting in the work to make them happen are slim.

Motivation is key to achieving your goals.

2. You've Got to Want it More Than You Don't Want It

Everything will exact a certain price from you—energy, effort, patience, resources.

It’s natural to want the good things in life without paying the price: You want to lose weight but don’t want to exercise or sacrifice your favorite foods.

You want a promotion but don’t want to put in the extra hours.

Success comes when you hit a tipping point and begin to desire your goal more than you dread the cost of reaching it.

Roger Connors

3. Write Down Your Goals

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Make sure you’ve clearly written down each of these goals and steps.

Don’t just “do it in your head.” Yes, a teenager will probably balk at taking the time to write something down, but it’s worth it.

Just by writing your goals down, you’re leaps and bounds closer to achieving them.

According to this article in Forbes, “A Harvard Business Study found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation.

Christina Dronen

4. Make Sure the Goal Isn’t Forced on You

Particularly in work settings, goals are often externally imposed on us, and that’s a problem if we never agreed to these goals.

Agreeing to a goal is known as “goal acceptance.”

Researchers found that even when a goal was impossible, high accepters still achieved high performance, while low and medium accepters performed worse as difficulty increased.

In your life, you probably have expectations from family and friends about what you should be doing.

Don’t mistake those outside pressures for your own personal goals.

In the workplace, this research highlights why it’s so important that your team is involved in the goal-setting process and can choose their objectives, rather than having someone in management impose goals on them without their input.

Amy Rigby

5. Visualize the End Result

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Losing sight of the end result will encourage you to veer off course.

One of the best ways to stay motivated is by visualizing the change you want to see.

Make this image clear in your mind – the ‘you’ in X amount of weeks’ time – so when the odd setback does happen, you won’t be fazed and will come back stronger than ever.

And when you do hit your target, treat yourself; you deserve it.

Managed to make it around the marathon course blister-free?

There’s a post-race beer with your name on it.

6. Take Action Immediately

You have to have momentum going and you should ideally be taking an action every day to bring you one step closer to the achievement of your goal.

An example could be if you want to own a brand-new Rolls-Royce, take action by ordering a brochure, or even book a test drive.

7. Track Your Performance

I’m a big believer in the adage what gets measured gets done, but I am even bigger believer in the power of motivation.

When we slice the elephant and know what the small interim goals are, as we start to achieve them, this will increase both belief in the approach and also confidence that success is achievable.

If you're leading a team, then make sure that not only do you track performance, but that you also share the progress with your teams.

When the going gets tough, it's great to hear that progress is being made.

Sometimes when you have your head down and are charging towards the finishing line, it can be difficult to know just how close you are and hearing the progress can encourage you to make that final push to get over the line.

8. Approach Your Obstacles with Curiosity

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You may find yourself sidetracked at times by a little voice that asks, “Wouldn’t it be more fun to watch Netflix for the next six hours?”

That’s not a feeling to fight — it’s a feeling to examine.

Curiosity is your best weapon against distraction, says psychiatrist Judson Brewer.

When you find yourself procrastinating, look at what’s going on in your mind.

Are you bored? Scared? Frustrated?

That insight can help you figure out what you need to resolve to get back on track.

9. Commit to Yourself

There’s only one person in this goal-setting process that matters.

You. You’re the one who has to put the hours in at the gym.

You’re the one who needs to stay late at the office to finish that task for your boss so you can score the promotion.

You’re the only one receiving the paycheck that will eventually pay you out of credit card debt.

It’s all on you, my friend.

Commit to yourself and then re-commit yourself each time you fall (because that definitely happens along the way).

Molly Cain

10. Work on Your Mindset

You can begin to work on your mindset long before you tackle your first goal.

Develop a positive, “glass-half-full” approach to every aspect of your life, including your thoughts about how you will achieve your goals.

Read inspirational books, hang out with other motivated people, and believe in your own abilities.

Work on your own attitude at every opportunity.

This should remain a lifelong process.

Ian Usher

11. Create a Massive Action Plan

In order to learn how to achieve goals, you must create a roadmap for every objective.

Think of yourself as your own coach.

You’re your own cheerleader and master strategist.

For every objective you’re pursuing, create a Massive Action Plan that not only details your results and a sequence of activities, but also connects your purpose to the goal.

When you align your emotions with achieving goals, you’ll activate your brain’s ability to focus on what means the most to you.

Tony Robbins

12. Learn Time Management

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Once you have your goal and the steps it takes to get there, it’s time to get to work.

Getting started on your goals requires forethought.

Remember, we want to avoid burnout and spinning our wheels on unproductive activities.

Time management is necessary to make meaningful progress toward our goals.

One of the most well-known time management techniques in business today is called Pareto’s Principle, or the 80/20 rule.

Pareto’s Principle states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your activities.

In other words, if you had a to-do list of ten tasks, two of them will be worth more than the other eight.

The reason why people lose productivity or don’t accomplish their goals is that they procrastinate on the most valuable items and waste time on the less productive tasks.

Susan

13. Reward Yourself for Your Efforts

You realized that the key to reaching your goal of saving $1,000 over three months is one, small habit change.

A change in the place you get your coffee.

But research shows that you are more likely to reach your goal if you reward yourself for that habit change along the way.

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power Of Habit, talks about what is called a habit loop. There are three steps to the loop:

-The cue
-The routine
-The reward In this instance, the cue is morning.

The routine that you are trying to create is to bring your coffee from home.

But in order to truly solidify the new routine, you need to make this new habit satisfying.

You need to provide a reward.

Maybe your reward is to drink a special flavor of coffee from home.

Or to use a travel mug that you really like.

Maybe you top off that mug with a little more coffee than you’d drink if you got it from Starbucks.

The choice is yours.

But the research is clear.

You’ll have more success reaching your larger goals if you find the right reward for the smaller steps.

Deb Knobelman

14. Be Grateful

In French we say : “Il y a des jours avec et des jours sans” which means “Not every day will be easy and glorious”, so you need stay motivated and remember what’s your ultimate purpose, what’s your “WHY”.

That dream you desire to live! 

Learn to put things into perspectives, this will help you to stay focus on your final goal and be convinced that tomorrow will be better!

You have a strong plan and you’ll make it happen! 

Look at around you and be grateful for what you have now and for the opportunities that you have and you are able to create. 

Lamia from Lam and the Glam

15. Re-evaluate Your Goals

With any goal, you’re bound to experience a bump in the road.

When this occurs you may have to take a step back and re-evaluate certain areas.

Some of the things you will need to determine are the time frame, (will you need more/ less) and if the goals need to be approached differently.

There’s nothing wrong if you have to take this course of action, as you want to give yourself the best opportunity to achieve each goal.

If you find it difficult to stay optimistic and motivated after a setback, find someone who will hold you accountable and encourage you along the way.

Sundaye from SevenDaye Wellness

16. Be Persistent and Never Give Up No Matter What Happens

The hardest part about achieving a lofty goal, is that inner urge and desire to give up when the going gets tough.

The reason?

Big goals take time — a long time.

We’re not talking about weeks or months here; we’re talking about years and even decades for some of our biggest goals in life.

Clearly, the best way to achieve any goal then, is to be persistent.

You never actually know how close you are if you give up.

Robert Kanaat
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6 thoughts on “HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS: 16 BEST TIPS OF ALL TIME”

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. Number 5, 9 and 10 definitely resonate with me. Focus is so important and we must see our goals happen in our minds first before we see it manifest in real life! This is a fantastic post – great tips!
    Tasha Marie x

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