7 Strategies to Achieve Your Goals

Goals are an essential part of life for many people, especially when they help us channel our energy into something positive and productive. When we achieve our goals, it can be incredibly rewarding and motivating. When we fail or falter to achieve our goals, it can be incredibly demoralizing and demotivating. Goal achievement can indeed be a daunting task. The good news is there are many different ways to accomplish goals. Perhaps one of the 7 strategies discussed bellow will help you achieve your goals:

1. Know Your Goals.

Before you can reach a goal, though, you have to know WHAT it is, WHAT you want to achieve, and WHY you want it. Write goals down. Be specific. Be clear. Write down the reasons WHY you want or must achieve them. Ask yourself:

1) WHY are your goals important to you?
2) WHAT specific actions do you need to take?
3) WHAT time frame are you working with?

For example, when I decided that it was important for me to add more value to my website, I concluded that I needed to create a Blog of my ideas, insights, and strategies to help people. I also had to be realistic about exactly just HOW many articles I could “realistically” write each week, each month, and each year.

2. Develop a Plan of Action.

Once you know WHAT your goals are, break them down into small, bite-sized, chunks of actionable steps. Start by taking the first step (taking action), and then build a structure for the remaining steps. Once your plan of action is in place, it will provide a roadmap on HOW to achieve the goal.

For example, when I decided that I needed to lose weight, I knew that losing 50 pounds would take time as well as a plan of action. I could not simply wish my weight away. I joined a gym. I changed my diet. I developed weekly workouts.

3. Be Flexible and Adaptive:

Don’t be afraid to make changes to your plan as circumstances change, or new opportunities arise. Plans don’t always work. Consider each roadblock you may encounter, and adjust your plans (expectations and mindset), accordingly. You need to be (or become) more flexible in HOW and WHEN you do things. Never give up. Some things simply take more time to do than we think they should.

Writing researched- and evidence-based articles takes time. Sometimes I get a bit distracted, go down a proverbial rabbit-hole of ideas. Losing weight takes time, too. I didn’t put on 50 extra pounds overnight; that took weeks, months, and years of over-eating without exercise. My goals and plans to write a good article every day transformed into one great article per week, and working out 7 days a week became 3-5 days, depending upon my schedule. I adjusted my plans accordingly. I decided to focus on quality and making progress.

4. Monitor Your Progress.

Keeping track of your progress is one key strategy to ensure you stay on track and stay motivated. Review your progress, regularly. Are you making progress on all or some of your goals? Are there any better ways to reach your goal? In addition, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments!

In terms of writing Blog articles, I decided to research and write 1-2 articles per week, 4-8 articles per month, and/or 12-24 articles per year. Quality was more important than quantity. While I didn’t always achieve my short-term goals, by monitoring my weekly and monthly progress it helped me keep on track of my long-term goals: providing high quality, well-written, and researched articles.

Likewise, in terms of losing weight, I decided to focus on losing 1-2 pounds per week, 4-8 pounds per month, and/or 12/24 pounds per year. Losing the weight and keeping it off was my priority. While it was never easy, I started small and I made small changes to my diet, tracked what I ate, tracked how long I walked, tracked how many miles I walked, and tracked everything I did in the gym.

5. Use the Right Resources.

No matter WHAT your goals may be, it is important to utilize other resources: advice, assistance, and expertise. Research webinars, tutorials, books, and other helpful resources that can guide you through the process. Perhaps you need a coach to help guide you? Perhaps you need a sounding board to just bounce ideas off (or to validate what you are already doing). It’s more important to ask for help than fail to make progress.

I have worked with health coaches, asked questions from experts in their field, and sought out help when needed. Progress is more important than pride!

6. Reassess Your Goals.

Make sure that your goal still makes sense and is achievable given your current circumstances. Don’t be afraid to adapt, adjust, or even abandon some goals if they are no longer relevant or achievable. WHY you want to achieve your goal is more important than WHAT your goal may be. Achieving smaller goals, as you work towards bigger goals, can help you stay motivated.

7. Stay Motivated.

Accomplishing meaningful goals takes hard work and dedication. Sometimes it is also hard to stay motivated, especially if you aren’t making the progress that you expect or want. Ultimately, there are only two types of motivation: External and Internal. External motivation typically comes from your environment. Internal motivation comes from within. While it is important to celebrate small achievements and progress, it is more important to focus on WHY you set the goal(s) in the first place! Use these reasons to stay motivated.

By taking the time to understand and know your goals, create a plan of action, stay adaptable, track your progress, use the right resources, and reassess when necessary, you can help increase your chances of achieving them. In addition, staying motivated and rewarding yourself for progress and accomplishments can be key to keep yourself on track. With dedication, hard work, and the right resources, you can achieve your goals.

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