How To Achieve Your Goals

19:00 Sarah McDonald 20 Comments

How to Achieve your goals, short term goals, long term goals

Today I decided to do something a bit different from my normal content. I thought I would share my tips on achieving your goals. I have tried to make this as short as possible. However I always tend to make things really lengthy, so we'll see how we go. Please let me know what you think of the post and whether or not you'd like to see more post like this.

1. Be Specific 
When making a goal it is best to make it a specific statement. Specific statements are clear and
 provide the goal setter with direction. They provide a way for the person to achieve the goal, making it more attainable. A general goal is more vague, it doesn't give the goal setter direction.

An example of a general goal would be to 'get in shape'. While an example of a specific goal is 'To lose 5kg by December. I will do this by going to the gym three times a week'. Which of these do you think is more likely to help you achieve your goal ?

Things to include when setting goals:
- time frame.
- a quantifiable goal.
- how you are going to achieve it.
- why you want to achieve said goal.

2. Write it down. 
I know you have all probably heard this a million times. You probably think it's bullshit, I know I did. However, now I think that there may be merit to it.

Think about it, If you just think 'my goal is to get more into shape', that is more than likely to be just a fleeting thought. Don't get me wrong, I think at the time you intended to do just that. It just wasn't set it stone so it didn't happen.
If you instead went home and wrote that specific goal down, it is something you have thought about more and have committed to achieving. It is more concrete than a fleeting thought. Does that make sense?

In addition, make your goal a positive statement as it will motivate you. For example 'Do not eat Junk food' is a negative statement. 'I will eat more healthy and nutritious foods' Is a positive one. Both the same goal, just written differently.

3. Make Short Term Goals
 Long term goals can be daunting, they can look unattainable. This can sometimes result in the loss of motivation. Achieving a goal is a journey, it doesn't just happen. When you're working towards that long term goal, you usually achieve small victories along the way. These victories keep us motivated. Creating short term goals is essential in reaching long term goals. They motivate you by giving you small milestones to work towards (more direction). If your long term goal takes a year to achieve, and you don't have any smaller victories along the way; your motivation is likely to deplete.

If your long term goal is to lose 10kgs in 5 months,  your short term goal could be to lose 2kgs in a month.

4. Make it measurable 
The goal needs to be quantifiable. If it isn't then how are you going to know whether or not you've achieved it? It could be to read 10 books in 3 months or being able to run 6km's by the end of the year. There just needs to be evidence of progress.

5. Realistic
Your goal needs to be realistic. This means that it needs to be something you can achieve in the amount of time you have set. An example of a non realistic goal is  to lose 10kgs in a week. The realistic version of that goal would be to lose 10kg's in 5 months.

6. Plan Ahead & Incorporate your goal into your routine. 
Planning ahead is the key to achieving your goals. If you don't make time for it then chances are you will just keep putting it off. Remember that time you said you would do it tomorrow? Now remember when tomorrow came and you put it off again? It's okay, we're all guilty of it. To prevent this you need to make time and plan ahead. That means putting that morning run in your planner and getting everything ready the night before. I also try to do one thing towards my goal every day.

7. Don't Give Up. 
We all make mistakes, we all lose motivation and fall off track.  It's what you do next that counts. You can either start again or you can give up. 'Successful people' make mistakes too, what sets them aside from others is that they get back up and try again.

Do you have any tips? If so please leave them in the comments below. Your tip could help someone reach their goal!

Ps. Small Lifestyle Goals For 2016 ,  It's Okay To Need A Break. . I've also been loving The Crimson Cardigan's blog lately -xx

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20 comments:

  1. I needed this because currently I need a huge kick in the ass in terms of setting and reaching goals.

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    1. I'm glad I could help. Good luck with your goals.
      -xx

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  2. I agree that writing things down is so beneficial to success!

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  3. I tend to make to-do lists and weekly goals rather than big goals as that can overwhelm me. I agree that writing things down definitely helps you to progress, and it's essential to integrate your goal into everyday life! Great post thanks for sharing your tips!

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

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    1. I make to-do list too. However sometimes I find I completely forget about the list as it is something I have only recently started. Thankyou! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

      -xx

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  4. A lot of people don't realize the difference between short term and long term goals, because of that they get frustrated with themselves. It's important to know the difference of the two, because goals needs time to be achieved...

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    1. Exactly! If you don't take into account that a goal takes time to achieve you are much more likely to become frustrated and give up.

      -xx

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  5. this is definitely something i need to work on, great tips!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. I hope some of these tips can help you achieve your goals!

      -xx

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  6. This is great advice - especially the part about not giving up! You can make a lot of progress if you're persistent with something :)

    This is a nice kind of post too - I think advice posts like this are generally a little lengthy as there's always a lot to say!


    Hope you're having a really good week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thankyou so much. I;m glad you liked it. I will definitely put some more advice posts up in the future (if I feel what I have to say can add value to the reader). Thank's again.

      -xx

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  7. Points 1 and 3 are the ones that work for me the most! Good luck with your goals, with this way of trying to achieve them I'm sure you'll be successful :))

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    1. Thankyou so much. Good luck in achieving your goals!
      -xx

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  8. Thank you for this. I find the most difficult is when you can't specify the feeling you got...
    xx finja | www.effcaa.com

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  9. Fantastic tips! This breaks it down to make goal setting something achievable as well. I'd recommend finding an accountability partner or more than one. Make it a group thing and make it fun! It also helps to make sure you don't feel alone in the process of bringing about changes. Thank you for sharing!

    The Crimson Cardigan

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    1. Thankyou, that's a great Idea. I think having an accountability partner would make me feel more motivated as I know I would have someone to report to. Thanks for commenting.

      -xx

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  10. Lovely post, I think not giving up is such an important thing.

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    1. Yes, persistence is so important. Sometimes people tend to give up when they have a set back, but it's so important to keep trying.

      -xx

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