Everyone has goals in life. We all want to achieve something, big or small, no matter who we are. Yet, we don’t always have the wherewithal to see things through. We don’t always have the grit to get past the tough times and push through the pain to achieve our goals.
Often, we throw in that proverbial towel. We call it quits and give up. We say, things like “never again,” “not another moment” and “I’m done”! When you reach that tipping point, it’s hard to go back. But, we aren’t all like that. Some of us are more adept at achieving our goals than others, learning to move past failure.
In a world filled with on-demand everything — an instant-gratification society that’s used to having whatever we want, when we want it — how are we supposed to see things through? How are we supposed to achieve our goals when every last fiber of our being is calling for us to give up?
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Achieving any goal in life isn’t just about setting clearly defined goals and wanting them badly enough. You also have to deploy the right strategies for actually achieving them. If you don’t go about it the right way, then no matter what you want or how badly you think you want it, you won’t see things through.
Implementing the right strategies to see things through isn’t a complex or intricate task. What it does require is consistent and persistent action. It requires throwing caution to the wind and enduring tremendous amounts of pain and struggle today in order to reap the rewards tomorrow.
As long as you take the right approach with the right frame of mind, you will see things through. It’s only a matter of time. Even if you feel discouraged along the way or you hit a few road blocks, you’ll learn how to push through. You’ll learn how to navigate around the hurdles by implementing the right strategies to succeed in the long term rather than trying to make things happen quickly.
The truth is, big goals take a long time to achieve. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it often doesn’t happen within the timeframe that we set. But it does happen as long as we don’t relent to failure. No matter what you want out of life, you’ll get there as long as you implement the right strategies at the right time, and stick it out long enough to see things through, here is our healthy regime to follow if you need a little guidance.
1. Set SMARTER Goals
Anyone that’s serious about achieving their goals needs to understand the importance of the SMARTER goal-setting method. The SMARTER acronym stands for goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, evaluated and re-adjusted. It’s a strategy for setting your goals that will result in a high probability of success.
In order to set a SMARTER goal, you need to get highly specific about that goal. Describe it down to the very last detail, ensuring that it’s measurable and achievable. While lofty long-term goals are okay, SMARTER one-year goals, for example, should be something that’s slightly out of reach but still attainable.
Relevant means the goal must be in harmony with your values and beliefs and attuned with who you are deep down inside. Time-bound simply means that you’ve assigned a specific calendar date to its achievement. And as you work towards the goal, you must evalute and readjust your plan to achieve it.
2. Create A Plan Of Action
Planning is one of the most important strategies associated with the achievement of any goal. Yet, many of us fail to create detailed and intricate plans to realise our dreams. We have some abstract notion in our minds that will only get us part of the way there, but it won’t help to bring those goals into fruition.
Anyone who is serious about a goal needs to create a massive action plan and has to be willing to take action on a daily basis — every single day without fail — in order to reach their heart’s desires. Make a plan and obsess over it, working on it tirelessly, day and night, until you reach your goals.
3. Eliminate Bad Habits
Clearly, bad habits can hold us back from achieving our goals. They stifle our progress and get in the way of our hopes and our dreams. Anyone who is intent on achieving anything worthwhile knows that they need to stamp out the bad habits that hold them back.
While eliminating bad habits is a difficult thing to do, if you can find a reason that’s stronger than the habit itself, you can overcome it. It doesn’t happen quickly or painlessly. It happens slowly, over time. But, by eliminating your bad habits, you can easily illuminate a pathway for eventually reaching your goals.
4. Instil Self-Discipline
Self-discipline allows us to put our goal achievement on cruise control. To the person who is disciplined, anything is possible. To the person who lacks self-discipline, any menial task can seem too daunting to do. The surest road to becoming a self-disciplined person is through your habits.
By instilling the right habits into your life, you can become self-disciplined. Habits such as waking up early, practicing gratitude, eating healthy, exercising and getting ample sleep help to instill that much-needed self-discipline into our lives. With the right set of habits in your life, anything is possible.
5. Mitigate Your Distractions
Distractions interrupt our progress, yet the world is full of distractions. The most common distraction comes in the form of always-on pocket computers that offer an intimate connection to the world’s vast annals of information. Considering that smartphones and social media have upended industries and commerce, along with how we interact with one another, it’s no wonder it’s become harder and harder to stay productive during the day.
You have to learn to cancel out the noise. Consciously becoming aware of the distractions that are all around you, then working to cut them off, is certainly one strategy for achieving your goals. Turn off the phone, the internet and the television, and slip into a world where you’re purely focused on the task ahead.
6. Leverage Daily Goal Setting
Daily goals are a great way to stay focused and on-track towards your long-term goals that are years and years away. It’s easy to lose sight of those big goals when we’re struggling with a moment-to-moment basis not to drown in our own responsibilities. However, those daily goals provide markers that are easier to stick to and focus on.
This strategy calls for setting the goals every single morning without fail. What will you accomplish and achieve today? Take your month-long goal or your 12-month goals and break them down into milestones. Whatever it is, as long as it’s measurable, and you break it down into what you need to achieve that day, it’s easier to stay on track.
7. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination is the silent killer that keeps us from achieving our goals. It stifles our progress and forces us to retreat into the clutches of comfort and habit. Everyone knows that in order to achieve anything worthwhile, you have to stamp out procrastination. Take action rather than wait another day or moment to do what should be done now.
One strategy for taking action and avoiding procrastination is to use the 15-minute rule. Set a timer on your smartphone for 15 minutes, and commit to doing the one thing you’ve been putting off for the longest. Only for 15 minutes — no longer. The commitment is too small to fail, and once you do take some action, you’ve just created a bit of momentum. You might just keep going after that.
8. Manage Your Time
One strategy for achieving anything in life is to become an effective manager of your time. Those that can best manage their time can achieve the loftiest goals. In order to do this, you need to institute an effective system for managing the precious little time you do have rather than squandering it away.
Implement the quadrant time management system, which splits your time up into four separate quadrants, then audit your day to see how much time you’re spending in each of these quadrants.
9. Implement The Pareto Principle
The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20-Rule, states that 80 percent of the results comes from 20 percent of the efforts. In sales, this also means that 80 percent of the sales comes from 20 percent of the customers. However, this dives even further to show that, within the 20 percent producing 80 percent of the results, 20 percent of that subset also produces 80 percent of the results.