Steps To Achievable Goals
Written by Craig Warren
How many times have you heard that being successful is
all down to setting goals? It may come as no surprise to
you to learn there is a lot more to success than just
setting your goals.
Most of us, at some time, have been told that an
essential part, if not the major part, of being
successful is setting goals. If that were true many more
of us would be successful millionaires, actors, parents.
In this article I show you why many people fail to
achieve their goals and how to be successful whatever you
want or need.
What Is A Goal
A goal is a target achievable in measurable attainable
steps. It is more than just a desire or a need and has
an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less
tangible and often just fleeting. Who doesn’t desire or
wish to win the lottery with all its millions in prize
money. Very few would not but, despite the widespread
desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or
need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than
a mere wish or desire.
How To Set A Goal
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an
achievable wish, need or desire. First you must decide
on the following
What do you want?
Where do you want to be?
Your status, career or qualifications?
A goal can relate to any desire, wish or need achievable
by actions you can take.
You then break down the goal into small individual steps
or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can
influence their realization and measure your progress
towards them. Achieving long-term life changing goals is
a process of achieving, step by step, short and medium
What Actions Are Required
Goals require action on your part. You first need to
decide what action is required to achieve the goal. Your
first action is always to always write your goals down.
Putting pen to paper, and this is one time when a real
pen and paper are required, gives your goals an existence
of their own.
Writing a plan is an essential step in achieving your
goals. Without it you will, over time, amend the long
term goal to fit your reality. You will eventually reduce
the goal to a wish, and wishes only come true by chance.
Analyze The Results
You then need to analyze and work out in detail, how you
are going to accomplish each individual goal. This means
writing a detailed plan of what tangible actions are
required to achieve each individual goal.
These actions then become smaller shorter term goals
leading to major longer term goals.
What Steps Do I Need To Take Today
Every day ask yourself “What steps do I need to take
today?”. By now it should be all planned in advance so
check your plan and make sure you take each step every
day. If you discover additional steps are needed add
them to the plan.
Review Your Achievements Every Week And Month
Every week review your progress for the week. Check what
you’ve done and what you may have missed. Adjust your
plan for the next week or month.
Your plan should always take into account what you will
do today, tomorrow, this week, next week before the end
of the month, in the next 3 months, 6 months? Always
write down your results.
What If Things Go Wrong
If goals were easy to achieve everyone would be
successful millionaires. Goals are difficult because they
move you outside your comfort zone to do things
differently. To be successful you have to face your own
fear of failure and take risks. There will be setbacks,
expect them, they are part of the process.
If you are not prepared to take action towards your goals
then you are wasting your time. True success comes from
the daily actions we all take. Using goals ensures that
all the actions you take are moving you in the direction
you wish to go. Daily or weekly reviews keep you on track
and applying these simple tips will ensure you achieve
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