Setting a Goal and reaching it is the best way to make progress towards our own personal development. Every goal that is achieved is a step closer to the ideal life that we want for ourselves.
While we all know that achieving our goals is important, we’ve all had a point in our lives where we tried achieving a goal and failed at it.
That is why I have gathered this list of the 5 best ways to set and achieve your goals:
1. Have A Compelling Reason
To achieve your goals, you need to realize the reason you want it in the first place. The reason needs to be compelling enough so that it gets you motivated when you feel like giving up. How do you know what you really want? Write it! Write about your dreams and your ambitions. Your goal has to make sense to you. It has to inspire you and be consistent with your own values. Once you find your reason, reaching your goal should be a lot easier.
2. Visualize Your Destination
Visualize yourself reaching your goals. This is powerful concept that is seldom used. Our unconscious brain has more power than we like to give it credit for. By simply visualizing our destination we are reminding our brain that this is what we want. Your mind will then find ways to make the journey easier without you even realizing it. Visualize yourself when you achieve your goal. What it will bring you? How will you feel when you get there?
3. Give Yourself A Reward
Achieving your goal is the ultimate reward, but sometimes the path can be long and difficult and the extra push can really help! Anticipate a reward to give to yourself once you reach certain milestones. For example, you can buy new sneakers only if you go to the gym at least 5 times a week for a whole month. You can also do something that will make you happy like getting a massage or reading a good book. In short, giving yourself rewards is a great way to boost your spirits along the path.
4. Stay positive
Do not wait until you reach your goal to be happy! Cultivate a positive attitude along the way and the challenges will seem a lot more achievable. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, it’s okay to let go every once and a while. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and that can encourage you and most importantly rid yourself of the toxic naysayers in your life. By staying positive your victory will be all the more beautiful.
5. Believe in yourself
We often get told when we are young that if we really want something we can get it. Trusting in our own skills and capabilities is an undeniable part of achieving our goals. When we set an ambitious goal for ourselves, it is important to tell ourselves that we deserve to reach it just as much as anyone else. Repeat after me: This is my goal! And I will Achieve it!
What helps you achieve your goals?
This story originally appeared on Goalcast.