Setting Goals That Work: Why You’re Not Reaching Your Dreams

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Do you need some strategies to learn how to make goals? Creating goals that stick takes an understanding of how we tick. In this article, I’ll share some tips for setting goals that have helped me and countless others.

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A lot of people are out there wondering why they aren’t reaching their dreams. One of the biggest reasons they don’t is because they haven’t set any goals.

If you’ve done research on this at all, you’d find that a significant amount of the population either doesn’t have any goals or just simply doesn’t write them down. One of the most important steps to setting goals that work is learning to write them down.

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The other problem that people commonly face is that we have no accountability system in place. They aren’t tracking their progress, they have no timeline to work toward, and there is nothing to keep them committed long-term.

Often, people have really vague goals like, “I want to lose weight.” You can’t just leave it at that. You have to get specific, and you have to have the timeline that you want to achieve it in. More than that, you have to have a method of tracking your progress.

It has to be something that can be attainable for you, too. Many people are setting these big, juicy goals and wondering why they aren’t achieving them.

That’s a whole other subject, but the fact of the matter is, people are not writing them down. Writing it down is what really sets it apart as a goal instead of just something that would be nice to have.

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Let’s say you want to make a million dollars this year, but you’ve never even made $100,000 before. That isn’t going to be something that’s believable enough for you to work toward. Not yet, anyway.

We have to set goals in the form of small, incremental steps. You need to sit down and take a look at how you’re setting your goals, and really judge whether you’re doing it the right way.

  • Are they specific enough? Your goals should be specific enough that you can visualize the end result and the journey getting there.
  • Do you know WHEN you want them? Set a date that you can expect to finish by that feels attainable.
  • Is it something that feels doable for where you are in your life? Find balance between pushing yourself and being realistic. Pushing yourself is necessary for growth, but too much may not be sustainable. Don’t set goals that are unrealistic for what your life looks like, because you will set yourself up for disappointment in yourself.

Beyond that, you want to make sure that you have something or someone to hold you accountable. Share your goals with someone you care about. If you don’t have anyone to support you in this goal, seek out accountability partners online or in support groups through Never be ashamed to ask for help and support, because everyone starts somewhere. Asking for help is not weak, but staying totally stagnant because of ego is.

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