Setting attainable goals can make a big difference in your life because they bring focus to your life, connecting the present to the future.
But, it doesn’t always come naturally. It may sound easy, but it can more challenging than you think. To help make this process more successful, here is everything you should know about setting attainable goals.
Follow the SMART Guidelines
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Don’t write a goal for the sake of creating one. All your goals should be well-thought-out and purposeful.
Avoid writing vague goals and be as specific as possible. For example, instead of creating a goal to “practice yoga”, you should create a goal to “practice yoga for thirty minutes every day.” Specifying the goal helps you stay accountable.
You should also find a way to measure your progress. Depending on your goal, find a metric to use that shows your working towards the goal.
Keep your goals achievable.
When setting goals for yourself, think about what you can realistically complete given your parameters. If you set goals that are too easy, you’re not going to get better. But, unrealistic goals can cause you to burnout.
If you’re new to goal setting, consider taking it one small step at a time and build from there.
When creating attainable goals, you should always focus on their relevance. Always make goals that will add meaning and purpose to your future life.
You should also create a timeframe for yourself. Goals that are open-ended often aren’t completed. It doesn’t matter if your goals are short-term or long-term, you just need to specify a timeframe for which you’ll complete it.
Hold Yourself Accountable to These Goals
Goals are meaningless without accountability. To achieve your goals, consider doing daily or weekly check-in’s on your progress. Track how you’re doing and make necessary changes along the way.
Goals are achieved by consciously and purposefully working towards them every day. People don’t accidentally complete goals. You have to stay focused on attaining it from the beginning.
Reflect on Your Goals
Another component of creating attainable goals is reflecting and evaluating your goals at the end. Ask yourself how you did.
Was the goal too easy or hard?
What made the goal achievable? What can you do to improve it?
Though goal reflection is often overlooked, it’s critical to achieving your goals long-term. It also prevents complacency.
Now You Know How to Set Attainable Goals
By following these tips, you’ll be able to set challenging but attainable goals. Usually, when people fail to meet their goals it’s because they don’t follow these broad guidelines.
By using the SMART outline, holding yourself accountable, and reflecting on your goals, you’ll set yourself up for success.
So, why not start setting some goals today? Your future self will be forever grateful!
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