How to Achieve Your Goals

So you have set some SMART goals that are important to you. Now, how are you going to achieve them? It’s all about creating a logical plan and executing it.

  1. Create a daily action plan with actionable tasks. – You need a real, actionable plan that you can follow every day until you actually do achieve your goals. Create an outline using bullet points A, B and C to help you to sustain the desire and motivation to achieve your goals.
    Every morning, brainstorm for tasks that will help to bring you closer to your goals and write them down. Try to create three small actionable tasks each morning and complete them before you go to sleep. Make them a priority and fit them into your schedule. Whether you complete them or not makes a big difference in whether or not you will succeed.

    “You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out and say, “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that has ever been built.” You say, “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do this every single day, and soon you have a wall.”-Will Smith

    Breaking down your goals will help you avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. When you are creating your action plan, keep the short-term tasks in mind instead of obsessing over the long-term end result. Obsessing over long-term results just creates stress. It is far easier to think on a short-term task-related basis. And as long as you complete your tasks, the results will take care of themselves.

TIP: If you find it hard to generate the small daily tasks or an actionable plan that will bring you closer to your goals, seek out a mentor, search online, or purchase a book on goal setting.

Recommended Reading

Eat That Frog!
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Focal Point
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Getting Things Done
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

  1.  Set a deadline. – Be sure to set a deadline for your goal. A long-term goal without a deadline will not instill a sense of urgency. Defining a deadline gives you something to look forward to.
  2. Take Action – Take the daily action plan that you created above and DO IT!  More than anything, successfully achieving any goal hinges on the simple act of deciding to immerse yourself fully in the process of getting things done – make it happen!