Setting & Achieving Goals
Have you ever had a goal you wanted to achieve and didn’t know where to start? For example, did you want to pay off your mortgage, save $1,000, or get a degree or a professional certification? The first part of achieving any goal is writing it down and breaking it into measurable and achievable steps. Here are a few ways you can set and achieve your goals in life.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins
Create Your Vision
Writing down your goal either on paper, in a journal, or on a vision board can help you visualize your future dreams. When you put pen to paper, it makes your goals seem more real and achievable. When creating your vision, it’s important to set dates for when you want to achieve your goals. When you put a timeline on goal achievement, you tend to achieve the goal faster. For example, I wanted to pay off my 30-year mortgage in 10 years.
With constant tracking, diligence in saving money, and applying my extra income to the mortgage, I was able to pay it off in eight and a half years. How’s that for goal achievement. I saved $120,000 in interest and can use the money for investing, traveling, and building up my retirement savings.
Tell Someone About Your Goal
Talking to your spouse, friend, or coworker about your goals can keep you on track to goal attainment. When you tell someone else about your plan, it keeps you accountable for achieving what you set out to accomplish. Have that trusted individual check in on you periodically to see where you are. This keeps the goal at the forefront of your mind and can motivate you to keep on track. Do you want to get a degree or save enough money to buy a car? Remember right it down and set dates in place of when you want to accomplish it. Tell that individual the date and have them put it in their calendar to check in with you.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie