The process of goal setting is integral to achievement. Without goals we lose focus and fail to plan appropriately. Although setting goals is one of the most important tasks we can do to ensure success, there is much more to achieving your dreams than simply deciding what they are.
If you have a goal in life, such as to own a speedboat, or to raise money for a charity, there are a number of practices that you can put in place to help you reach that goal. Below are just a few ideas to help you make progress towards your goals.
Put Goals in Writing
There is nothing more powerful than writing your goals down. For many years I have kept a "bucket list" of sorts (things to do before you "kick the bucket"). This list includes various things I would like to do or achieve in life, such as learning a second language and writing a book. I find that the power of having these goals written down is that 1) I can refer back to them often, and 2) I can physically cross them off the list when done. Although you may think that you can skip this step, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get your goals down on paper.
Break Goals into Smaller Chunks
Speaking of learning a second language, I have recently been working on this goal by studying Spanish. This is not a goal that I expect to achieve in weeks or even months. I expect to spend a little time each day, or each week, depending on my schedule, learning a little bit more. Over time, each of these little bits of time will add up to a whole lot of learning. By breaking this huge task down into 10 minute study sessions a few times a week, it becomes much more manageable.
Take the First Step
Often we can become overwhelmed by our goals. They are so far in the future that we can't even imagine how we can get there from here. The danger in becoming overwhelmed at the start is that you can become paralyzed by inaction. It seems pointless to even start working toward a goal that seems so impossible. The problem? From where you are right now, you can't see the realization of your goals.
You need to start making small steps and eventually you will get to where you need to be. In the beginning you just need to have faith. It is a little like squinting to see the car keys that you dropped a mile back on the road. You need to start walking and have faith that they will be easier to see the closer that you get.
These are just a few ideas to help you move closer to achieving your goals. If you find that you are still lacking enthusiasm or the desire to get started, it may be that the goals you have set do not motivate you. Choose goals that are in line with your personality, ambition, beliefs, attitudes and abilities, and you will soon find yourself unable to resist doing a little each day to achieve them.