Why is it that most goals are never achieved? For many setting a goal appears to be the end result however goals need to be acted upon every day. These seven steps, if applied conscientiously, will ensure you achieve your goals but it will always be hard work.
How many times have you heard that being successful is all down to setting goals? It may come as no surprise to you to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals.
Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the major part, of being successful is setting goals. If that were true many more of us would be successful millionaires, actors, parents…etc. In this article I show you why many people fail to achieve their goals and how to be successful whatever you want or need.
1) What is a goal?
A goal is a target achievable in measurable attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need and has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and often just fleeting. Who doesn’t desire or wish to win the lottery with all its millions in prize money. Very few would not but, despite the widespread desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.
2) How to set a goal?
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need or desire. First you must decide on the following
What do you want?
Where do you want to be?
Your status, career or qualifications?
A goal can relate to any desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take.
You then break down the goal into small individual steps or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can influence their realization and measure your progress towards them. Achieving long term life changing goals is a process of achieving, step by step, short and medium term actions.
3) What actions are required?
Goals require action on your part. You first need to decide what action is required to achieve the goal. Your first action is always to always write your goals down. Putting pen to paper, and this is one time when a real pen and paper are required, gives your goals an existence of their own.
Writing a plan is an essential step in achieving your goals – without it you will, over time, amend the long term goal to fit your reality. You will eventually reduce the goal to a wish, and wishes only come true by chance.
4) Analyse the results
You then need to analyse, and work out in detail, how you are going to accomplish each individual goal. This means writing a detailed plan of what tangible actions are required to achieve each individual goal.
These actions then become smaller shorter term goals leading to major longer term goals.
5) What steps do I need to take today?
Every day ask yourself “What steps do I need to take today?”. By now it should be all planned in advance so check your plan and make sure you take each step every day. If you discover additional steps are needed add them to the plan.
6) Review your achievements every week and month
Every week review your progress for the week. Check what you’ve done and what you may have missed. Adjust your plan for the next week or month.
Your plan should always take into account what you will do today, tomorrow, this week, next week before the end of the month, in the next 3 months, 6 months…? Always write down your results.
7) What if things go wrong?
If goals were easy to achieve everyone would be successful millionaires. Goals are difficult because they move you outside your comfort zone to do things differently. To be successful you have to face your own fear of failure and take risks. There will be setbacks, expect them, they are part of the process.
If you are not prepared to take action towards your goals then you are wasting your time. True success comes from the daily actions we all take. Using goals ensures that all the actions you take are moving you in the direction you wish to go. Daily or weekly reviews keep you on track and applying these simple tips will ensure you achieve your goals
Happiness is the happiest state of mind. Some people believe in a bright future. They think positively and life leads to Love. They are smiling and cheerful. It seems that they have everything the…
Happiness is the happiest state of mind.
Some people believe in a bright future. They think positively and life leads to Love. They are smiling and cheerful. It seems that they have everything they want.
Are their desires small or they are “Gods of reachable small things,” satisfied and grateful for what they have?
Some people perceive the worst possible outcome, so if it does happen, it happened, and they “knew” that it would. Most likely, they will say, “See, I’ve told you so.” Apparently they are proud and egocentric, but they are really unhappy, sad, lonely and without love.
Are their desires too big or they are “Gods of unreachable big things,” unsatisfied and ungrateful with what they have?
Which side is better?
I believe we should be grateful for what we have at this moment. Start with a small goal, reach it and become a “God of small things.” Be grateful. Then push up your goal, reach it and become a “God of bigger things.” Then make it small for you again, set and reach the next goal and your way will become limitless.
But if you start with a big goal and you don’t succeed several times in a row, how will you feel? Maybe some of us get more strength from that and do it until we succeed. But most of us just quit, right?
The suggestion is to start with a small goal and rise from it. Even the longest road begins with the first step. And though you are not a bird to glide, at least you will not overfly the road. You only have to go one step after another.
Many things, in our lives, make us happy. For some of us, happiness is being in love, for others it is in family, or in abundance, or in success, or in whatever brings a smile upon our faces and peace in our hearts and minds.
Every man is the magnificence at his own shape, perfection one of a kind. You are perfection. He, she is perfection. I am perfection.
Maybe you wonder:
How can it be if we are so different? It can because perfection doesn’t exist. It is not real. We are the best versions of ourselves. That is perfect enough.
All of us individually, different things, situations, events and actions make happy. Wouldn’t it be great if there existed a Special Power which would connect people by those things that make them happy? Then we would easily find someone who suits us, the one who has the same desires, the same goals the same opinions, and we will merge our lives into one successful, happy life. It would be perfect! Everyone would be happy in love and in life.
But life doesn’t work that way.
Life can be an unexpected set of events, and it demands tolerance and a lot of friendship and love from us. Otherwise, where would be the excitement of life if we all know our way from birth to the end? How would we grow and what would we learn if we were the same or if we spend the most time with people that are just like us? Would we really be happy? Or just our ego would be happy because it is self-satisfied?
- Take a few minutes for yourself.
- Find peace inside you and feel your breathing and heartbeat.
- Ask yourself this simple question “How are you?”
- Answer from your heart.
- If the answer is “Great,” “Happy,” “Satisfied,” then you are on the right path. But if the answer is “Unhappy,” “Sad,” “Lonely” or it is just silence, then you have to ask yourself another question: “What would make you happy? ” The answer is your wish.
- Make a goal from your wish.
- Feel it!
- Do it! Make an action plan and do one by one an action by action. You will reach it! And when you accomplish it, you will feel satisfaction, and satisfaction leads to happiness.
- Do not stop!
- Take responsibility of your life and create your happiness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine B. Roy is an author and Founder of “Live from Your Heart and Mind” (LHM) community, Awarded Top 30 Under 30 Young Leaders in the World, Member of The Wellness Universe, Award Winning Artist and Scientist, Poet, Philosopher and Published Author whose stimulating, upbeat and inspirational writings have helped countless people in the world. It has helped them solve personal problems, infuse their lives with hope, energy and success, and remarkably improve people’s relationships at work and at home.
As the author and founder of the “Live from Your Heart and Mind”, Catherine is the guiding force behind the “LHM” system for increasing a person’s emotional and intellectual capacity, and inspiring them to positive change and accomplishment.