There’s a lot more to accomplishing your goals than simply writing them down and wishing them into existence. Not only do you have to put effort every day into achieving your goals, but you also have to make sure that they are achievable in the first place. Setting goals can be very beneficial to your mental health, productivity, and overall satisfaction in life.
However, we know it can be difficult to get started. Here are a few tips to help you set goals that you can actually achieve.
Define Your Expectations and Priorities
To achieve goals, you first need to create a few that you actually want to achieve. Start your goal-setting process by sitting down with yourself and thinking about what you most want to accomplish in your life. What is something you have always wanted to do? What can you do to make that happen?
By setting goals that you’re passionate about, even when you face roadblocks or find yourself unmotivated, your desire to succeed will help you keep going without giving up. The more your priorities align with your goals, the better.
Break Down Your Goals (Be Specific!)
Once you’ve decided on a goal that you’re passionate about, it’s time to break it down into actionable steps that you can take every day. Not only will this make working towards your goal more manageable, but it will also help ensure that everyday tasks won’t overshadow your long-term goals.
For example, if your long-term goal is to write a book, decide on small steps you can take to keep yourself motivated and working through the process. You could decide to write a page a day, sit down at your desk and write anything that comes to your mind for 15 minutes, or write a few hundred words a day. Play around with your process until you find something that works best for you.
Focus on Progress Instead of Perfection
It can be easy to expect too much from yourself and think you have to get everything right from the beginning. However, true success comes from progress rather than perfection. Not only does perfection not exist, but it can actually keep you from getting anything done, as the fear of failure causes you to procrastinate.
If you find yourself frozen in fear of failing, learn to take a break and recharge instead of procrastinating or giving up. Remind yourself that you are capable of great things, and do anything you can to work towards your goal, even if it’s just spending 15 minutes thinking about how you can reconfigure the steps you should take.
Your goals don’t have to be just ideas you daydream about and never achieve; they can become a reality. With these three things in mind, you will be set to do anything you set your mind to.