How To Set Achievable Goals For Yourself

One of the key cornerstones of success is setting and attaining goals that you set for yourself, both personally and professionally. This might seem like an obvious statement, but many people struggle when it comes to turning a goal into an accomplishment. Many people do not undersand how to create achievable goals to begin with, which leads to discouragement or abandonment of your ideas or hopes.

To harness the power that comes with personal growth, here are some ways to help you set realistic, achievable goals for yourself:

1. Details, details, details.

Once you recognize an area of your life where you’d like to make personal gains or growth, think through the specifics of what it takes to get there. Often people make statements or goals that are very broad without considering the subset of tasks that lie within it. The single step of writing a specific goal down sets in motion momentum that will help you achieve your goal.

Let’s take what is possibly the most universally recognized personal goal, becoming more fit or losing weight. People might make a blanket goal such as, “I’m going to lose 15 pounds by August.”  The very first step to achieving that goal is defining the details of it.

You’re determined to ditch the pounds- great! Now make a list of how you will do that, and make it as specific as possible by drilling down. For example the first thing that you write down might be: “I’ll exercise for 20 minutes each day”. Great! Now consider when, where, and how you are going to achieve that.

By realistically defining what it will take to achieve the micro-tasks within your goal, you will recognize how you’ll need to plan your day and time in order to do that, thereby making it much more achievable. Creating an action plan is a vital part of goal setting

2. Tick-tock.

Set time-tables for your goals for personal growth, even if you are planning long-term. By setting realistic timeframes for your goals, you are both honing in on your strategic planning, and also avoiding a common pit-fall of achieving your goals: procrastination.

Even if your ambitions are long-term, there will be measurable micro-goals within it that need to happen over time to achieve it. Recognize those targets, work them into your calendar and schedule, and monitor them closely so that your goal doesn’t sneak up on you.

3. Reality Matters.

After you decide that you’d like to achieve some sort of personal growth and set your intentions on achieving it, take an assessment of the realistic nature of it. Don’t set yourself up for failure by stating a grandiose goal that would be incredibly hard for even the most accomplished individual to attain.

I’m not discouraging you from dreaming big. Without people that think outside of the box and who shoot for the unachieved, we’d be nowhere today. What I am saying is that you need to really look at your mission and see what barriers are there so that you can properly plan to overcome them. (Again, see #1-details!)

Loftily saying, “I’m going to graduate at the top of my class from Harvard with a degree in Economics” is admirable, but what if you don’t like math? Why does the goal include having to attend Harvard? What are your reasons for going into Economics in the first place? Dream big, but make it your goal. Having a strong “why” will give you to the means to achieve it.

Get to the core reasons of your goals for personal growth and be realistic about which elements are crucial to attaining what you want. Doing so will assist you in succeeding. Remember, goals are realistic dreams with deadlines.