Achieving Goals: 5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Odds of Success
By Karen Kleinwort
A goal is a target on which you aim your focus and put your time and effort into the process of achieving. There are five steps essential in guiding you toward achieving and realizing your goals. Achieving a goal can take longer and require more commitment than you realize or might imagine. Self-empowerment and motivation are great tools for you to use, and they are two tools you can use as ingredients to steer yourself toward creating your vision, which will lead you to your target.
Some people believe that when they fail in achieving a goal, it ends the existence of their goal. But this is not true at all. Failing to achieve a goal provides you the opportunity to go back to the drawing board to redefine it and refuel the spirit of your motivation.
The first step you can take to improve your odds of succeeding and achieving your goal is not to allow failure to enter into your description or definition of success. Instead, replace the term “failure” with the idea and feelings associated with the term “reset”: meaning, you did not fail at achieving your goal, but instead you need to simply reset the goal you had. Where you are today is not where you were when you initially established the goal. The growth you’ve achieved means that resetting your goal today makes it that much more achievable.
Your attitude has a lot to do with achieving your goal. A positive attitude, coupled with a few other factors like determination, always equals success. Attitude also gives you the spirit of victory, since you can make and find ways to rejuvenate and keep yourself on track in the face of adversity.
Step two for you is to keep your attitude in the upper levels of positivity, even during the most challenging of times.
You need to always believe in yourself, your capabilities and your uniqueness. This is because when you are able to recognize the ability and potential you have, there is nothing that can hold you back from your goals. Believing is just like already possessing the ability of one who has achieved the success.
The third step is belief in yourself, knowing the decisions you’re making along the way are truly in support of your success. When or if the goal is not achieved, refer to step one.
Develop realistic and achievable goals; that is, the goals you need to be reachable. Having measureable objectives will act as guidelines towards achieving your goal, but you need to clearly define your steps. With clarity you are able to increase your passion and zeal, enabling you to accomplish your desired goals.
Your fourth step is to clearly define the steps you need to take to achieve your goals you’ve outlined for yourself.
Setting time to review, analyze and adjust your objectives as well as monitor your progress to date will support making even better decisions along your journey. With your goal you’ve set needs to align with your skills and capability; your readiness to edit and modify your objectives and strategies better increase your odds to realizing your goal.
Your fifth simple step is setting aside time on a regular basis for reviewing, adjusting and fine tuning your vision, milestones and ultimate goal.
Success is a strong motivator, but it is not enough. However, when you’re faced with challenges or encounter problems and your feelings toward your goal becomes less passionate, don’t lose focus. You need to embrace these difficulties and consider them trials and stepping stones, since they make the whole process succeed. By acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses, you are able to work on them. It is very important to remember Step 2 (rely on the positive side).
Whenever you set goals, remember it may not always be an easy process. Therefore, keep your eye on the goal and remember these five simple steps you can take to increase your odds for success: 1) Remove the word “fail/failure” and replace with “reset”; 2) Positive attitude; 3) Belief in yourself; 4) Clearly outline your milestones and steps; and 5) Set aside time regularly to review where you are and how you’re doing. When you continue to do the work necessary, your path is clear and your mind is set for success. Then you need to remember to celebrate the success you experienced each day on your journey and enjoy every step along the way. Don’t rush to cross far-off bridges. You need to remember how far you’ve come and keep what you have invested in mind before ever giving up. And if you get to that point of wanting to give up, then call me ASAP!
Until next time, embrace your inner wisdom.