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How to Achieve Your Goals

Apr 14, 2008
Planning and achieving your goals can be stressful. Some people make resolutions every new year, only to break them within a week or two. Unrealistic goals are not attainable and just make you feel like a failure when you can't keep them up. New year's resolutions are a tradition so we feel like we ought to do them anyway, naming goals without really thinking about whether you will be able to do them or not.

There are a few ways of planning your goals which can increase the chances of success and reduce the stress factor.

Goals should be written down but you should make some allowances. If, for example, you want to lose 10 pounds in the next three months and you only manage to lose 8, is this a failure? Most people would feel that they have failed and go back to their former unhealthy diet and put all the weight back on again, despite the fact that they did lose weight.

You can compare the achievement of a goal to a drive to another city. You don't travel in a straight line. There will be detours and turns and you might get lost. You don't go home and start over. You just make adjustments to your plan to get you the rest of the way.

If you think of it that way, losing 8 pounds instead of 10 is not a failure. You planned to lose weight and you did lose weight. Now you only have another 2 pounds to lose rather than the whole 10. When you think about it in this way, the goal should seem easier and this will spur you on. If you managed to lose 8 pounds, losing another 2 should be simple.

Your goals should be reasonably achievable. If you want to lose 80 pounds, don't plan to lose it in a couple of months because this is impossible as well as being dangerous to your health. Losing 80 pounds in a year breaks down to a slower, easier loss and is within reason.

If you want to earn a million dollars in the next year, that is an example of a goal. But have you planned how you are going to do it? If you have nothing to start with, this isn't a reasonable goal. Maybe it is a better idea to build your foundation first and take things slowly. Of course if you make 40 dollars, you only have another $999,960 left to go!

The key is to keep your goals reasonable and don't quit when you don't quite attain them. Just alter your initial goal slightly - it doesn't make you a failure.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of Be Successful News , a site that provides information and articles on how to succeed in your own home or small business.
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