Do you have big dreams for yourself, but no plans on how to get there? You think about the end goal all the time but there’s no bridge to get there. If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many people can identify where they want to be in life but have no idea how to get there.
Goal setting can prove to be a difficult process, and many tend to give up before even getting started. To make your dream a reality, here are five easy steps you can take to accomplish your goals:
- Make a List and Make It Clear
Listing out your goals is a great way to organize your thoughts and keep yourself on track. A simple way to list your goals so that they are clear and concise is to use the SMART goal acronym:
S – Specific
Outline your goals so they speak to exactly what you are looking to accomplish. Including specific numbers, objectives and details can be helpful here. Example: “I want to gain 3,000 followers on Twitter by next March to expose my artwork to a larger audience.”
M – Measurable
You will want to be able to measure your progress while you are achieving your goals. This will help you stay on track and keep you motivated. Try blocking out time to check-in with your goal and evaluate your progress.
A – Attainable
To avoid feeling overwhelmed when achieving your goals, you will want to make sure these goals are attainable. If you have a rather large goal, try breaking it up into smaller goals; this will help you feel like you’re accomplishing things and keep you from giving up.
R – Relevant
Make sure your goals align with what you are trying to accomplish overall. You wouldn’t set a task to release a song album if your long-term goal is to become a famous comedian! Outlining relevant goals helps you to be intentional in your goal setting.
T – Time-based
Finally, you want to set timelines for your goals. You can include a checklist of smaller goals to break up longer timelines. For example, if you set a goal to gain 3,000 followers on Twitter in 12 months, you could outline a task to share a certain amount of posts each week.
- Think Positive Thoughts
Thinking positive can have a tremendous impact on achieving your goals. According to Mayo Clinic, thinking positively can help reduce your overall stress levels and lead to better overall physical and mental health. Thinking positively about your goals will put you on a path to success.
Should you find yourself thinking negatively about reaching your goals, challenge yourself to reframe your way of thinking so it’s more positive. Instead of obsessing over “failures”, use them as opportunities for change. Using these moments as learning experiences rather than marks against you will help you grow.
- Make Your Goals Visible
Placing your goals somewhere you can review and revisit them often will help you feel motivated to achieve them consistently. You can write your goals down and put them where you get ready for your day, where you make your coffee in the morning, or on your desk where you work – wherever you think will inspire you to review your goals and your progress.
When you’re working hard and feeling exhausted, it might become difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A constant reminder of what you’re working towards can bring you out of a rough patch.
- Remind Yourself of Your Achievements
While you are working towards achieving goals – particularly large, long-term goals – you may feel as though you’ve made no progress at all. This is why keeping track of and reviewing your achievements can prove to be beneficial in your process. Every time you achieve a task outlined in your goal, celebrate that achievement. Regardless of how big or small the achievement is, you are one step closer to your goal, and that in itself is a reason to celebrate!
- Share Your Goals
Chances are, someone has some of the same goals you have. When working towards achieving them, sharing with other people can hold you accountable and provide more opportunities to grow and develop. For example, if you have a goal to work out more, you can join a group that works out together.
If there isn’t an existing group that helps you reach your specific goals, make one! Collaborating with others and learning from their experiences can help you reach your goals quicker.
Accomplishing your goals can be a difficult process, but an extremely rewarding one. Use these tips to help you achieve more and give you a clear perspective on accomplishing your goals. A year from now, you will thank yourself for putting in the work!