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Achieving Goals – What You Must Know

Do you know what you really need in order to reach your objective of achieving goals?

It is tough work to win the battle in your favor if you lack the required tools to attain your goals. Some people claim that in order to get what you want you need 90% persistence. I believe this is so, since it is our natural instinct to avoid difficulties. We prefer to stay in our comfort zones and we love procrastination.

We are always ready to quit at the first sight of defeat rather than persist to exist. Lack of motivation is always the problem when our persistence is at its weakest level. Motivation even in trickles can make our persistence shoot up to ninety percent.

And a high 90% persistence can really make the difference in achieving goals in your lifetime.

Do You Have The Perfect Goals?

However, achieving objectives is the end of a long process. It starts with a simple dream in your mind which you condense and commit in writing, called goal setting.

Do you have the right goal setting approaches when you put up that goal?

If your goal is not SMART enough, achieving goals border on impossibilities. Let’s first determine if your goal falls under the acronym “smart”. This will facilitate your goal accomplishment.

  • Is your goal specific? If your goal is specific, it is very easy to identify the targets and it could be chopped into smaller steps to make it easier to achieve.
  • Is your goal motivational? Does it fires up your desire to achieve it? If your goal does not excite you, you can never motivate yourself to achieve it.
  • Is it accountable? Can you monitor and account your goal? If your goal is not tractable, you will fail in monitoring your progress.
  • Is it realistic and relevant? Is it in tune with realities of life and relevant to the present times. In short, is it feasible to achieve? If your goal is next to impossible, forget your aim to achieve it.
  • Is it time-based? Can you measure it in time or given a time table to achieve it. A goal that has no time limit is difficult to achieve also. You need to put a time frame to accomplish your target goal. 

Do You Have Mental Toughness?

As we have said before, achieving goals is 90% persistence. And persistence is comprised of motivation and mental toughness.

Mental toughness is what you need in order to counteract the effects of discouragement. You can turn negatives into positives if you are mentally tough. This state of mind is only possible if you have a positive attitude.

You have to follow a certain guide to condition your mind. Let’s say you are faced with a negative feeling, train yourself to think of “deleting that program” as used in a computer set up. You practice “deleting that program” in your mind whenever discouragement or distractions are battling you.

Remember that when we set our goals, our minds through the so called Reticular Activating System or RAS works in filtering out what has been imbedded in our minds and makes it our priority. It works on our subconscious to focus on our goals. What we need then to keep our focus is the motivational behavior to keep the desire of achieving our goals front of mind.

Continue Moving On

As you have developed the goal and have set it up before you, continue to move on to pursue it. Moving forward is the key to achieving your goals. If you will stop before you start, everything that you have poured into that goal setting is wasted.

Keep your eye focused on your goal and you will never get distracted. Follow these steps as go forward.

  • You list down all your previous achievements regardless of their sizes. You can draw strength and motivate yourself after reading your list, even the small wins. This will give you more courage to continue to fight your battles.
  • Learn from your mistakes. As you go on, your way will be littered with errors. Don’t get discouraged, it’s part of your learning process. Study each mistake and learn from it.
  • Create milestones to monitor yourself. Gauge your own accomplishments. This will further boost your motivation. If you performed below par, then strive harder. Analyze your deficiencies and recover from them. If you have made good progress, celebrate your wins!
  • Be flexible. You must be open to changes. Continue to evaluate, review and make changes on your goals when necessary.
  • Persevere until to the end. Don’t quit but keep going until you reach the end of your goal.

Achieving goals is no mean business. Many have tried,  but only few succeeded. Persistence will pay off if you persevere until the end.

You can do it!