Setting goals is not as easy as thinking of a couple of goals and just moving on. To fully accomplish these goals and truly get the value from them, you need to change your ways and practice it daily. Setting goals is not something you should forget about. It needs to be well thought out and planned.
Search within Yourself
Set goals that are right for you and what you truly want out of life. If you are setting goals that are against your values and who you are as a person, you are unlikely to finish them or feel happy while doing it.
Believe it or not, it is easy to get into other people’s goals and think it’s what you want yourself to make them happy. If you find yourself struggling to accomplish something, take a step back to see if it’s genuinely what you want out of life before moving forward.
Write Them Down
This might sound a bit obvious and silly, but when you write something down, you are telling yourself that it is vital to you. Writing it down creates a visualization of the goal in your mind. Once you visualize something, your brain sees it as more attractive and therefore makes the desire to get it done, especially when the steps have been written down clearly.
Set Daily Goals
Practice daily goal setting by waking up each morning and setting five to ten small goals each day based on your bigger goals. For example, if losing 30 pounds is a goal for you, set actions within the goal, like eating a salad before each meal, so you get full from nutrient-rich food and eat fewer calories.
The goals can change as your life goes on, which is essential. This practice alone will exercise your brain into knowing what you want. As these goals truly change to your interests, they will become more empowering and achievable to you.
Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a collection of pictures, words, and/or stories that help you visualize what you want out of your life. Creating a vision board puts your goals into your imagination in a realistic way that you can truly see happening.
The vision board creates a visible image in your mind that makes you desire that goal more. This vision board prevents you from forgetting about the goal because you will be forced to see it every day when you look at your calendar. Not only that, but you will also have the memory of putting it together. Taking time out of your day to create something puts yet another layer of desire, giving you more motivation.
Believe It Can Happen
If you ask any professional athlete or successful person, the number one advice they’d likely give is to visualize your success or, in other words, “fake it until you make it.” This is because the feeling of already achieving what you want out of life gives you the confidence and determination to keep going and therefore accomplish the goal. The more you want something and believe it can happen, the harder you’ll work at achieving it.