Goal Setting - 7 Ways to set yourself up for success
Everyone has goals, big or small. The trick is following through with them!
So how do you become one of those success stories? One of the best ways to achieve your goal is to implement proper goal setting techniques right from the beginning. Not sure where to start? Here are 7 goal setting tips to help you succeed.
1. Choose a realistic goal
Wanting to become a millionaire by the end of the year is a nice thought but it's probably unattainable for most people. If saving money is your goal, vowing to set aside $100 from each paycheque is a much more reasonable target.
2. Break down your goal into steps
It's great to have a goal, but do you have a plan on how you are going to attain it? For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your steps to achieving it might be to go to the gym three times a week and limit your calorie intake. A goal is much more manageable (and less scary!) when it's broken down into steps.
3. Have a support system in place
While you're the only person responsible for your actions, it doesn't hurt to have someone cheering you on. Tell a trustworthy friend your goal and let them know how they can support you in achieving it.
4. Remove temptations or obstacles as much as you can
If you are trying to cut down on screen time before bed, for example, keep your phone in another room and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you up in the morning instead.
5. Keep a visual reminder closeby
Whether it be a vision board, an inspiring post or even a coffee mug with encouraging words, it helps to see a reminder of your goal in a prominent spot.
6. Celebrate successes
Too often we focus on the end goal without recognizing our accomplishments along the way. Trying to quit smoking? Give yourself a treat (non-smoking related, of course!) once you hit a month smoke-free!
7. Measure as you go
Trying to finish a novel? Track how many pages you write per day. It gives you evidence of your progress and will motivate you to push a little harder the next day!
What other goal-setting tips can you think of? Is there one that has worked particularly well for you?
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