Updated: Feb 12
The process of setting goals is different from merely wishing for something, or even making resolutions. The decision to achieve something won't help you unless you set goals, create a plan to achieve them, and take the steps to achieve them.
If you want to achieve your goals, no matter whether it's losing that spare tire, writing your novel, or expanding your business, there are some key things to focus on.
1. Be the Best Version of Yourself
To be your best self is to be fully who you are at any given time without apology.
"Without apology" doesn't mean treating people like garbage to get what you want. To achieve your goals, you need to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Show up, work hard, be kind, live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be. Know that you're doing everything you can to achieve the life you desire. Be your own cheerleader and know you can do it!
2. Look After Yourself
Taking care of yourself is bringing the best, healthiest, version of you on your journey of success.
Taking care of yourself, your mind, and your body is an integral part of being your best you. Take steps to eat healthily, to exercise, to get some fresh air, and to take time to rest and have fun. You will stay focused and energized, avoid burnout and giving up, if you look after yourself and have a balanced lifestyle.
3. Adapt and Change
If you don't bend, you break.
A key element of success is flexibility. Being able to adapt to unforeseen situations or opportunities is essential for success. Be sure to check in regularly to see if you're on track or if a strategy is no longer working. As you reach milestones, reevaluate your plan and add some more stretch goals.
4. Choose Your Friends Wisely
You cannot climb high when you allow others to pull you down; as you move up a rung, their hands are pulling you down two.
It is vital to surround yourself with supportive and encouraging people, not with those who will drag you down by telling you that you're dreaming or that you cannot achieve your goals. Friends, family, and colleagues who are positive will actively support you in reaching your goals.
5. Have Stretch Goals
Setting goals that keep you in your comfort zone aren't goals at all; you are anticipating the next step in your pattern of failure.
Set challenging goals. Dream big! If you have goals and a commitment to achieving them, you can achieve what might seem impossible at the moment. Learn to live with and even enjoy discomfort. Comfort doesn't promote change or growth.
You will be able to stay on track and strengthen your commitment to reaching your goals if you keep these aspects of development in mind. These five things will energize you to do your absolute best, keep you healthy while you do it, and keep the passion in your life.
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