The Top 5 Tips for Setting Goals (+ How To Reach Them!)
Keywords: Goals, Goal Setting. Mental Health
No matter who you are, there’s most likely some sort of goal out there that you would like to reach. Maybe it’s a big goal like running a marathon, but never have ran a day in your life. It could be doing something positive for your health such as exercising, or quitting smoking or drinking alcohol. Either way, below you will learn the top 5 tips on how to set goals and actually reach them!
- Think BIG!
Often, we overestimate what we can do in a day, but underestimate what we can do in a year. When setting goals, it’s important to think beyond where you are at today and to look deeper into where you want to be. You might not know all the steps now, but if you set a goal for yourself that is outside of your comfort zone, you’ll be able to break those steps down over time and eventually reach them. The time will pass anyway.
- Write Your Goals Down On Paper
There is a reason many of those who have achieved great things had journals of their accomplishments. It’s because there is power in getting your thoughts and goals out of your mind and onto paper. By writing down your goals they become real and you’re able to see in front of your eyes what you’re about to go after. Often when writing down your goals, your creativity will kick in which will allow ideas to flow into you on how to reach your goals. When they do, be sure to write those thoughts and ideas down too as you’re creating a blueprint. Each time you hit a milestone towards your goal, it is also great to reflect on how you were able to do so and evaluate what needs to be done next.
- Be Realistic When Starting
Once you define what your goals are, you’re then able to begin breaking down the steps to helping you achieve them. When doing so, recognize that some of the habits you’ll be implementing may be new, therefore it’s important to be realistic when starting out.
If your goal is to run a marathon and you’ve never run a day in your life, your first step of action isn’t going to be to go out and run 10 miles the next day. It’s going to be to get a new pair of running shoes and to out running for the first time during your first week. Then you can develop a route that you enjoy and work your way up to 1, 3, 5, and 10 miles, then a half marathon, and finally a full marathon.
Being realistic when you’re starting out will allow you to grow into your goals over time through the necessary actions and steps needed to help get you there. If you’re not, you’re more likely to be discouraged and feel lost in developing your plan of action.
- Take It Easy On Yourself
We each tend to be our own worst critics and that is no different when we are trying something new. As you’re developing new habits, be sure to take it easy on yourself as you’re now a beginner again. Getting outside of your comfort zone comes with some growing pains that you must be able to work through. By taking it easy on yourself when you don’t get it right off the bat or as you continue onto the next step of your goals, you’re able to give yourself the grace that you would anyone else who was learning something new, and yes, you deserve that too!
- Seek Accountability and Be Resourceful
No matter what your goal may be, there is likely someone out there who has already done it or something similar to it. Search online, follow those who have already achieved what it is you would like to for yourself, and reach out when the opportunities present themselves for you to improve. There are many ways to find a mentor or accountability groups to help you reach them, and most likely there are programs out there to help you accelerate your growth. Be resourceful in finding the accountability and the connections you need. You don’t have to do it alone.
No matter what your goal may be, getting started and developing a plan of action towards reaching it is key. By following the tips above, you’re sure to start off strong in both setting and reaching your goals.
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