10 Tips for Setting Achievable Goals

by Joe on October 1, 2009

( Joseph Mwangi)
See, to live a fulfilling life, one need to have a clear sense of direction. This is easier said than done. Most of the time, life visibility is seldom clear, and setting goals help navigate through the uncertain or sometimes self inflicted life challenges. These tips are in layman’s terms for anyone to pick, and they can be applied in any aspect: Financial, Career, Education, Social Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Mental and Family

10 Tips for Setting Achievable Goals

1. What Is It That You Need?
Define and write down on paper the problem you want to solve or the goal you want to achieve. Examples (Get out of debt, Take a vacation, Start a business, get a certification, Finish homework, )

2. Know Where You Are
Write down what got you into that dilemma, or why you want to achieve that goal. Example (I maxed out all my credit cards, I rarely spend time with my family, I have not started reading the book “How to eat the elephant”

3. Define The Obstacles To Your Goal (Who\What Is The Mole)
Write down the challenges you might likely face, but do not dwell on the challenges a lot as they might keep you from starting

4. Count The Cost (Due Diligence)
Like a builder, you’ve got to know what it takes to get to where you want to go. It may be in terms of money (Dollars, Yen, Rupees or whatever the currency) or it may be sacrifices you will have to make to achieve your desired goals.

5. Decide Your Path
Get the ‘tools’ and skills you need to achieve your goal, it might be: picking an extra shift, starting a budget,

6. Set Deadline
Write down when you want to accomplish your goal

7. Believe In Your Goal(S)
If you believe it, you can achieve it, and the opposite is also true. Before you begin going after the goal, make sure it’s not a euphoric goal, but one that stems from your heart.

8. Start Working On Your Goal (Take Action)
Remember that procrastination is the silent killer of all dreams and goals. You have to commit to kill the silent killer before it does.

9. Stay On Track
The best way to know that you are staying on track is routinely checking yourself. Dr Dale Callahan encourages his student to routinely check their goals every two weeks.

10. Stay Positive
Your attitude is key to achieving your goals, and based on the kind of goals you are setting you may consider soliciting support from your closest of family, friends, or staff. “Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” ~Bill Meyer

Check the blog back again. I will be putting a template for download that can assist in documenting your goals

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