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6 Tips for Actually Reaching Your Goals

I find that I'm very good at choosing my goals, deciding what I need to do to get there, but I sometimes flounder after that. How do I keep the momentum going? How do I keep the goals in the forefront of my everyday so I'm actually working toward them?

I realize my mistep is usually not being specific enough, not breaking them down, or not actual planning to do the tasks related. So her I've compiled a short and simple list to create or to compliment your goal achieving method. Let's do this!

1. Write down your top goals. 

  • Think big and small. If you want to go to Bali, write it down.
  • If you’re totally new to goal setting maybe you want to dip your toe in with only one or two goals that can be completed in a shorter timeframe. Then as you see the magic happen, build from there.

2. Under each goal write out exactly what the goal is in detail.

  • If your goal is “Lose Weight” 
  • You might write: Lose 10 pounds, in 90 days, in a healthy way.
  • Being very specific gives you a starting point to actually take action, being vague keeps the goal a pipe dream.
  • The clearer you make the target, the more likely you're to hit it.

The clearer you make the target, the more likely you are to hit it.

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3. Write out every task needed to reach each goal. If you have large tasks, break them down to the smallest steps.

  • This step can seem overwhelming but it is imperative to reaching your goals. 
  • Try to think of everything. What skills do you need to learn? What research do you need to do? List it all.
  • If you have a task like “Start Networking”. Break it down to the smallest steps. 
  1. Start Networking 
    1. Google networking ideas
    2. Check your local area message boards and community sites for relevant events. 
    3. Choose three new avenues or events to try. 
    4. Schedule them into your Calendar. 
    5. Buy tickets or make reservations if necessary.
    6. Attend the events.

4. Put a date next to each task for when you plan to complete them.

  • If you want to lose weight in 90 days, make sure all your tasks will get done within that timeframe.
  • Schedule tasks farther into the future by putting at least the month and year on them if possible.

5. Enter each task into your planner or calendar system with a reminder if you can.

  • I use a paper weekly planner and a digital monthly calendar.

6. Complete the tasks to reach your goals.

  • Start knocking things off your list!

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