Achieve Your Goals With These Twelve Critical Action Steps
To achieve your goals, you need to create a plan for success. Goal setting is essential to living a life with purpose and meaning. Goals give our lives direction and focus, and help us stay motivated over the long term. Setting powerful goals provides focus, shapes our dreams and give us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.
The goals you set are stepping stones towards actualizing your purpose. When you have your goal(s) written down and clear in your mind, it’s time to visualize and strategize with tactics and a timeline. Nearly everything in life revolves around goals — they encompass all of our plans for the future, all of our hopes, dreams and visions for what we want in life.
Now what will it take to achieve our goals and see it become reality? Here are the 12 actions you can start taking today to ensure you achieve all the goals on your bucket list.
Draw up a plan of action
Devote as much time as you need to define your goal. Develop a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your lifetime. How do you see yourself once you’ve accomplished your goal(s)? Remember that goals give direction to dreams, visions and ideas.
Mentally rehearse what your life will be like with your goals. Get really cleared on the external and internal outcome of personal achievement. This is your “goal achievement” vision. .After finding a goal that you really desire to achieve, draw up a plan, being as practical as possible.
Pen it down on paper
You have to make a list of the steps you need to take that will take you closer to achieving your goal. One study found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
Examine your goals periodically
Some goals aren’t worth achieving. Circumstances and people change. Some goals lose their importance. It is a good idea to re-examine your goals regularly and weed out the worthless ones. And as you think of new items, add them to your list until it’s complete.
Create an action plan
An action plan is the compass that will lead you to your goal. This will help ensure you don’t miss any important steps. Think of this as creating mini-goals, breaking bigger objectives into smaller steps, until you have “bite-sized” chunks. By doing this, your goal will seem less daunting and more attainable. Be specific about what you want to achieve each step of the way.
Weigh your goals
Identify the obstacles or limitations that might hold you back from achieving your goal, that is; both internal and external limitations. Ask yourself, “Why have I not achieved this goal already?”
True success doesn’t come from the outside but from within. The present is the only time we all have. Make the best of it. You’ve got to start something somehow. So dig deep, gather courage and go for it. Your goals will never happen if you don’t take action. It may seem scary to take that first leap. But somewhere along the way, you gonna be fine. You will be happy you took the leap of faith.
Stick With your goals
Setting goal is an ongoing activity, not just a one day thing. Regularly review your goals. The action plan you set for yourself along the way can cause significantly big changes. Ensure the relevance, value, and necessity of your goals remain high.
Develop a success mindset
A positive mindset is a “success mindset,” meaning you’re confident in yourself but also able to learn from mistakes. Developing a positive mindset is paramount to surviving the ups and downs you’ll encounter along the way. It’s easy to get fed up and feel discouraged. Success in reaching your goals is often determined by mindset.
Find your inner motivation
Keep your motivation high by setting goals that are attainable and relevant to you and your life. Making sure your goals are meaningful, realistic and timely will help you stay encouraged and give you an incentive to press forward. The best goals are those that connect with your intrinsic motivation; in other words, they are things you feel internally compelled to pursue.
Feedback is the cheapest and most powerful way to gauge how other people perceive how you’re doing. It’s an important tool to assess how well you’re meeting the standards you set. Feedback is critical to improving your performance and increasing your ability to achieve your goals. You have one perspective, but those around you may have another. Ask for advice from those you respect and trust.
Evaluate your plan
As you begin moving forward with your goals, take time to track how things are going, especially how well your plan is going. Make a habit of getting up each morning, planning your day and then doing something, anything, that takes you one step closer to what’s most important to you. Periodically reevaluate your goals, look to see where you’re lagging behind and start making adjustments accordingly.
It’s important to celebrate your successes each step of the way. Remember, this is about the journey as much as it is about the end goal. If all you do is fret about the future, you’ll surely hit rocks before you hit success. Sometimes, give yourself thumbs-up for the little wins — they add up. And when you reach a major milestone, take time to acknowledge it. Celebrating your accomplishments will help keep you motivated and focused so you can keep going.
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I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu