If you know where you’re going then there’s a chance that with the right conditions you can get there. It doesn’t matter how intelligent, how dedicated, how inspired you are, you can’t get where you want to be in terms of BEING, DOING and HAVING what you want, unless you have goals that keep in you on track.
Why is that?
It’s because in the world you live in today, there is so much stuff trying to get your attention, that if you’re not careful and aware of it, it can easily take you in a direction you never would have chosen. For example, the television is a great invention, but does it control you, do you always watch what you want, or do you succumb to watching anything sometimes?
The television like other tools in life can be used to pull you into buying, spending time and believing all sorts of things. The price you pay is that one day you realise time’s passed you by and you haven’t achieved what you wanted, and you’re not even sure how it happened.
Goals are what you use to keep you going where you want to go, doing what you want to do. Like the most important things in life, there is an art and science to setting and achieving goals, by avoiding these top 5 mistakes you can ensure you reach your goals:
1. Thinking You Can Reach Your Goals With Enough Willpower.
Don’t wear yourself out, willpower alone won’t get you where you want to go, being the person who you were meant to be. Reaching your goals means taking small steps, knowing your priorities and taking daily action. It’s the accumulation of the steps and daily action that gets you where you want to go. And yes, you also need to be disciplined, determined and believe in yourself, to ensure you make that daily action towards your goals a high priority.
2. Not Knowing Why You Want It.
If you don’t know why you want your goals, you’ll get pushed and pulled off course by circumstances. Your goals represent your life plan, they’re a part of who you are. Make sure you know what you want and why you want it. You may say you want a certain car and have a goal plan to work towards buying one, but why do you want one? Explore the feeling of having the car. Human beings do stuff because of the “feeling”. What’s the feeling you’ll get from achieving your goal?
3. Unrealistic Goals.
Make sure you’re being honest about what’s achievable where you are in your life now. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up to fail. Be your best friend or Coach, if your goal is a big one, break it up into smaller goals. The more small goals you achieve the bigger your belief in reaching the end goal will be. Small incremental goals equals massive change and results in your life.
4. Don’t Confuse Activity With Achievement.
Reaching your goal is going to take “right action” activities. Figuring out the “right action” to take is what you learn to do when you’re moving daily towards your goal. Listen to your intuition and gut feeling and decide what is the most important activity now. Remember to be flexible, to review daily what you’ve achieved and decide what’s necessary for the following day. A goal plan must be flexible in nature so you can take notice of feedback and achievements along the way.
5. Doing It In Your Own.
The best performers, athletes and entrepreneurs’ in our world have achieved their success through the support of coaches, managers and people who believed in them. Goal setting is a process that can be learnt. Reaching your goals may mean you have to overcome limiting beliefs that are holding you back, this doesn’t have to stop you achieving whatever success means to you. There are people who can help you. Just ask, model people who inspire you, learn what they know, and then do it your way!
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