Setting goals is one of the most important keys to achieving success. Studies have shown that the most successful people are the ones who have specific, written goals. When you set goals that is only the first step toward the actual achievement of your goals.
Setting a goal is not like a New Year's resolution, in others words, it is not just a wish. Just wishing and hoping for something isn't going to make it happen. Setting a goal is having a target to shoot for and a plan to get there.
When planning your goals, choose which categories you would like for your goals. Establish the time frame. They could be lifetime goals, 10 year, 5 year, 1 year, 6 month, 3 month, 1 month, or weekly goals. Also you can have ongoing goals, such as exercising 3 to 5 times a week. Be specific when you write your goals. Don't just write down "I want to weigh less." Write "I will weigh 180 pounds by December 2014."
Make sure your goal statement is positive. Don't say, "I don't want to be fat." Say "I will be a healthy 130 pounds by December 2014." The achievement of a worthwhile goal can seem daunting at first. The easiest way to proceed is to break your goal down into smaller steps. Start with the first step then move onto the next. When making your plans, a good way is to start is from the end part and work your way to the present.
Measure your progress. After you complete a step, check it off! Watching steady progress is a good motivator. A simple example could be if your goal was to be able to do 100 continuous pushups, you could mark off the milestones of 25, 50, 75, 80, and finally 100!
Don't be discouraged by setbacks. All successful people experience setbacks, disappointments, and failures along the way. That's just part of the process. That's part of learning. Many times these failures act as course corrections to get you back on target.
You should follow success principles to achieve your goals. One is properly programming your mind. You need to review your goal in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Have your goal written on a 3" x 5" card so you can review during the day. At night, ask your subconscious mind for solutions to problems and methods or tools for helping you achieve your goal.
Another important principle is that of persistence. No one has enjoyed great achievement without persistence. Do something every day towards your goal. A day's action puts you one step closer to your objective. Doing something every day creates a momentum that is hard to stop.
When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to think of yourself as a huge, monolithic juggernaut! Move relentlessly toward your objective. You will be unstoppable.