7 Proven Ways to Set Goals and Achieve Them

The way to become successful and happy is by setting goals and achieving them. All successful people are goal-oriented, they know what they want and are focused on achieving it. Below you can learn how to set goals and create a master plan for your life.

Why people don’t set goals?
Apart from fearing failure and rejection, mostly, people don’t realize how important it is to set goals. They usually don’t know of anyone who has goals, and if they ever met someone who achieved a lot, they probably have no idea what role goal-setting played in helping him become the success he is now. Another reason why people don’t set goals is because they would usually have a series of wishes or dreams like being happy, or having a nice family or becoming rich, which isn’t the right way to set goals, if they could be called goals at all. A goal should be clear, specific, preferably measurable, and written.

How to set goals
1. Find Out Your True Goals

A burning desire is essential to the achievement of any goal, and you can only make sure that you’ll have this burning desire by making your goals personal, which means that those goals are the ones you really want to achieve and not ones that someone else chose for you, or that you picked up to please some people.
To find your true goal, ask yourself this question: « if I could do or be or have anything at all in life, what would it be? ».
For every area in your life, imagine you can make three wishes that can improve that area and that’ll come true. This technique is quite revealing, as people tend to restrain themselves when it comes to setting goals. A magical wish can definitely encourage people to dream big.

2. Set Clear and Specific Goals
“Attention is the key to life.” Wherever your attention goes, your life goes as well. The more you think about your goal, the more ideas you generate for your plan to achieve this goal, the more you attract opportunities and resources to help you move toward that direction. You don’t have to get it all sorted out, all you have to do is to dream big and have this burning desire for that dream that all you can do is keep on thinking about it and visualizing it.
For example, if you wanted to go to Hawaii, and started thinking about it most of time, you’ll, soon, start noticing brochures and advertisements everywhere talking about Hawaii as if you’ve got a radar activated by that burning desire to go on that vacation. The same thing happens with any goal you set for yourself.
If financial independence is your goal, you’ll start noticing opportunities around you to make more money, you’ll come across books and workshops that treats the subject…

3. Set Realistic Goals
When you set a goal for yourself, don’t set it based on your actual situation, but on what you want and think you can actually achieve. Setting unrealistic goals like making a million dollar in a year when you’re broke at the moment would only discourage you as you’ll find yourself away from it and not getting much closer as the year is ending. On the other hand, setting an ambitious, yet achievable goal would encourage you to work harder. And as you see yourself getting closer every day, you become more confident that you’re going to achieve it.

4. Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

“You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are.”  

You do not believe what you see, you see what you already believe and this is why, whatever you believe, with conviction, becomes your reality.
Everyone wants to be successful and financially independent, but do they really believe they can do? Only those who believe, make it happen.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill

The worst of all beliefs are self-limiting beliefs. A single experience or casual remark can hold someone back for years. Whether it’s true or not, if they believe it, it becomes true for them and as a result, they act accordingly. We all know of scientists like Albert Einstein who was told that he has a learning disability as a young man but he went and earned a doctorate and made the history. That kind of stories has been repeated thousands of times. Ignoring those beliefs is the challenge and you can do that by trying. Often times, we start something thinking that we have no talent or ability to do it and we become surprised at ourselves when we do it. This can boost your confidence and make you believe in yourself like nothing else. It makes you realize that those self-limiting beliefs weren’t based on facts at all.

5. The Ten Goal Exercice
Grab a paper and write down ten goals you want to achieve, ten specific, personal, measurable and attainable goals. Write them in the present tense as if you’ve already achieved them. Then, try to choose one goal, the one if you accomplish it immediately, will have the greatest positive impact on your life. That goal should be your priority, so start with it and write a plan to achieve that goal, visualize it and keep thinking about it.

“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” Richard M. DeVos  

6. Develop a Vision of a Leader

Leaders are future-oriented. They think about what they want to achieve and how to achieve it. Having a long-term perspective will help you make present decisions that are aligned with that perspective which will help you reach your goals faster. And the further you think into the future, the better present decisions you’ll make. To do that, imagine what you want your life to look like, say five years from now, and do that with no limitations. No goal is too big for this universe, and those who dare to dream big, are those who reap big success.

7. Behave Consistent With Your New Self Image

When you set a goal for yourself, start feeding that belief by acting consistently with those beliefs. If you want financial independence, act as if you’re already financially independent. Only and do and say the things that are consistent with the person you’re aspiring to be. Make the decision to reject any self-limiting beliefs whenever you’re tempted to doubt yourself. Always ask yourself « What if the opposite was true ? ».

Remember your goal should have the following characteristics :

1. Personal: whatever you want to do or have, it has to be something you personally want and not just something that someone else wants you to do
2. Clear and specific: it should be something you’re able to define and describe
3. Measurable and quantifiable: if it’s a financial goal, it shouldn’t be just « making more money », it should be a quantified one that can go like this « I make $5.000 per month by (a specific time) »
4. Believable and achievable: you need to believe in the goal for you to achieve it and so it has to be something you really want and that can be possible to achieve.
Don’t forget to write your goals in the present tense as if you’ve already achieved them.
“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” Napoleon Hill  

20 Goals & Habits For The New Year

1. Read for 30 minutes everyday.
2. Workout everyday for at least 15 minutes.
3. Meal prep every Sunday.
4. Start waking up early.
5. Declutter.
6. Do a social media detox (unfollow and unsubscribe).
7. Follow a monthly budget.
8. Build a capsule wardrobe.
9. Start a zero-waste life journey.
10. Build an emergency fund of $3.000.
11. Stop using credit cards.
12. Drink 8 cups of water a day.
13. Cut out coffee.
14. Start a gratitude journal
15. End a toxic relationship.
16. Call your parents and siblings at least once a week.
17. Learn a new skill.
18. Go to work 30 minutes earlier.
19. Negotiate a pay increase.
20. Start a side project.

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