What's Your Goal?
When you're deciding what it is exactly that you want, make a statement that includes all of the specifics. Instead of saying that you want to save money, decide on a certain dollar amount. If you want to lose weight, decide how many pounds. Take a simple statement like 'I will have more self-confidence' and turn it into a detailed plan of action.
When Will You Reach It?
It's equally important to make a specific timeframe. This is the deadline when your goal will be completed. You should do this not only for the main goal, but also for all of the little steps you need to take in order to get there. Create a clear timeline and as you work toward your goal, reflect to see if you're keeping up. If you're not, make a few adjustments until it's more realistic.
Who Do You Need to Help You?
There are very few goals that you can reach completely by yourself. You'll find that there are some people whose help, expertise, or support you're going to need. If you're trying to quit smoking, you're going to need support and encouragement. If you want to become an online entrepreneur, you'll need mentors to learn from and assistants to handle tasks you can't do yourself. Decide who you need and reach out to them before you get started.
How Are You Going to Get There?
When you're looking at a specific goal that you'll reach on a certain date in the future, you might be wondering how on earth you're going to get from here to there. The way people do it is to take their big goal and break it up into smaller ones. If the smaller ones are still too big, break them up further. In fact, it really helps to break your sub-goals into daily actions that will get you closer to achieving them. After you've broken it all down into small steps, you've got your roadmap for how to get there.
Why Do You Want It?
Ask yourself honestly why you want to attain this goal and make sure that you understand the true reasons. Keep these reasons in your mind as you work toward making it happen. They'll give you motivation and inspiration, which will really help you stay on track when things don't go according to plan.
A great way to discover the answers to these questions is to visualize. Imagine yourself in the future after you've achieved your goal. Picture yourself also taking the steps you need to take to get there. This will help you come up with realistic answers to the questions above.
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