8 Way to Increase the Odds of Achieving Your Goals
Have you or a family members ever said, “This is impossible!”? If you have then you aren’t alone. Many of us frequently make goals or look at something we need to accomplish and say, “This is impossible!”
Audrey Hepburn said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’M POSSIBLE!’”
If you’re tired of making resolutions and goals that you never accomplish, a new approach may help you make the impossible, POSSIBLE.
Few dispute the importance of setting goals. It only makes sense that having a written objective increases the likelihood of success! Effective goals have several characteristics that help to assure a positive outcome. Have you worded the goal in a way that ensures your success? Have you adequately prioritized the goal?
By incorporating a few strategic ideas into your next goal setting session, you can greatly increase your odds of success.
Try these strategies to help make your goal a reality:
1. Pick realistic goals. Consider all possibilities before you select the topic of your goal. One of the most frequent issues when picking goals is that they are not realistic.
A simple, but effective exercise is to list 5-10 possible goals that you believe would improve your life. Then ask yourself, "Which of these goals would benefit your life or your family’s life the most right now?"
A meaningful and realistic goal has a better chance of being achieved.
2. Break goals into a journey. It is easy to set a goal, miss it, and get upset. Instead of doing this to yourself with each goal, try a different way. View your goal as a long-term journey, where each leg of the journey leads up to where you will finally arrive.
Motivational speaker Rachel Hollis says this about goal planning. “Start big and then work your way back to figure out what steps you need to take to get yourself there.”
Creating a plan for your goals will get you to that goal. Set milestones and rewards along the way to keep you motivated.
3. A goal statement must have a deadline. Without a deadline, your goal will lack any sense of time urgency.
A recommended way of formatting your goal is: "On or before 06/01/xx, I will have completed specific actions #1 and #2 to sufficiently lose at least 15 lbs." This statement provides a clear endpoint, but still allows for the goal to be accomplished sooner.
4. Measure your progress. In some cases, you may be close to achieving your goal, but you give up too soon. By measuring your progress, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing more clearly.
You’ll be more motivated to stay on the journey and keep pushing toward your end goal.
Set up a system to track your progress. Try different tools, such as calendars, journals, or logs to keep track of your goals and see which system works best for you.
5. Ask for help. Sometimes you might fail simply because you don’t ask for help and try to do everything by yourself. Perhaps a little help will bring you success!
It’s normal to need help along your journey. You may need an entire support network behind you to achieve your goal. Turn to friends, family, coworkers, and others for support.
Asking for help can help you achieve your goals faster and make the entire process easier as you work toward your target.
6. Feel free to adjust goals. You do not have to stick with an old goal. Sometimes goals need to be changed, reworded, and modified.
7. Prioritize your goal. Your brain is inundated with countless things every day. It needs to know that this goal is more important than all the other tasks it faces each day.
One way to accomplish this is by utilizing repetition. After first setting your goal, write it down 10 times. Now notice how you feel about the goal. If you feel anything less than motivated and excited, there is some question in your mind about it; try to figure out what's holding back your enthusiasm so you can move forward with confidence.
Strong, positive emotions can also be used as a prioritization tool. Imagine what it would feel like to achieve your goal. Imagine the ideal scene. What would you see, smell, think, and feel? The better the vision, the better the odds of success.
Every day write your goal one time and perform the visualization process several times. This will reinforce the priority of your goal.
8. Stay aware of growth. The wonderful thing about working on goals is that you will continue to grow even if you don’t reach your goals.
It is more important to grow and become stronger than to reach every goal on your list. Keep in mind your list will change, so it won’t always look like it did when you first started.
Rachel Hollis said, “This amazing thing happens when you start to grow in one area of your life: other areas improve right along with it.” So, consider these ideas as you set your goals and then be proactive about them. Take effective actions that support those goals and you’ll find that achievement comes much easier.