How To Set Goals And Achieve Them

Dec 3, 2021 | Achievements, Goal Setting

Have you ever set a goal for yourself that’s just not realistic? Maybe you have high expectations and when you don’t reach them, you feel overwhelmed and give up.

You don’t have to give up on your goals, you just need to reassess your strategy. Here are some tips on how to set goals and achieve them.

How To Set Realistic Goals

Perhaps you want to buy your own house before you’re 30. This is a great goal to have, but how are you going to achieve it?
Are you willing to work extra hours, reduce your social life and save all your extra cash to build a deposit? Is this a realistic goal?

It’s still a good goal to have, but how about setting smaller goals along the journey to achieve it. For example, maybe you could put a percentage of your earnings in a different saving account each month.

Perhaps you could sell one of your assets each year you work towards buying a house. Or you could minimise your social events to one per month. You have to think about what is realistic for you.

Make Specific Goals You Can Measure

Using the example of buying a house again, do you have a specific goal that will motivate you to do this.

Such as how much you need to save, how much extra hours you need to work or how many different jobs you need to do.
For example, perhaps you need to save £10,000, this is your specific goal.

You could split that over 5 years, which can make it more achievable. So you need to save £2000 a year. This is now looking a bit easier. You can also check on your savings through the year.

Let’s use a different example.

What if you want to change your career for something with a better work/life balance.

Again, a great goal to have. But you need to make it more specific to achieve it. What career would make you happy and give you a better balance? For example, if you work in retail but you want to teach drums, what steps are you going to take?

Could you teach pupils in the evenings and keep your job while building up your business? Is this realistic for you?

Perhaps you could start with one pupil at the weekend and then spread the word about your business if it’s working out for you.

What Do You Want To Achieve?

Maybe your big goal is to get fit again and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Deciding you want to run a marathon or complete couch to 5k is a worthy goal, but can be overwhelming!

Start by walking a certain distance each day. This could be round the block. Make sure you do it every day for a week and you have already achieved a goal. So well done!

Meanwhile, if you’re at work and sitting down most of the day, try to fit a walk in during your lunch hour. Or sign up and pay for an exercise class that you’ll enjoy once or twice a week as this will give you motivation to keep going.

Finding Your Purpose

How do you know what goals to set in the first place? Or maybe you have lots of goals and you don’t know which ones to follow. Try writing down some short term and longer term goals. Think about your purpose for doing them.

For example, do you want to cut down on how many cups of coffee you drink, perhaps this might help you to sleep better. If this makes a difference, you can cut out coffee entirely later on. Or do you want to try a vegan dinner twice a week instead of opting to go vegan straight away? Following a vegan diet every day can then become your long term goal.

You may even have a life goal. Is it to become a doctor, a writer or a stand up comedian?

Do you want to be an artist, an actor or a paramedic? If this is your dream and it makes you happy, it’s also your purpose. But how would you achieve this?

Maybe you need to go back to college to take further training, studying again may be difficult but you have a purpose for doing it.

Or could you join a theatre group or amateur dramatics society with the purpose of improving your skills. Perhaps you can volunteer at a hospital or school with the purpose of finding out if you want to pursue a particular career or not.

How To Overcome Barriers

Along the way, you will face barriers to your achieving your goal. When you look at your overall life goal, it may seem like a long way into the future.

Any small setback could make you wobble when you look at it this way. But don’t give up. You need to know how to overcome the barriers.

For example, if you want to be an artist, do you want to go to art college? What do you need to get in? How likely is it to happen? Have you got a list of other options or colleges available in case you don’t get in.

Perhaps a Plan B to continue your own painting in the meantime.

Or what support can you put in place when things get difficult? What if pursuing your goal means you have to reduce your hours at work? You may need to move in with other family for a while or friends.

Or it could be as simple as getting extra help around the house so you have more time to spend applying for your dream job. Don’t let obstacles stop you at the first hurdle.

Conclusion: How To Set Goals And Achieve Them

In summary, it can be very helpful to set goals. This allows you to focus on what you want to achieve in life to make you happier or more contented.

But sometimes a big goal can seem unobtainable and you may find it easier to give up. By setting realistic smaller goals, you can take steps towards achieving the main goal.

Furthermore, it’s useful to think about how you are going to set the smaller goals, what resources you need to do this and set a time frame.

Then you can identify any potential barriers along the way and see what you need to do to reduce or get rid of them.

Again, with a large dream goal, you may see so many barriers that you don’t even know where to begin!

Break this down into realistic goal setting which can also help to keep you mentally on top of things and optimistic about reaching your purpose.

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