Each person has goals, regardless of the size. Whether you are an entrepreneur, salesperson or an employee; we all have set goal. Which is why we strive year in year out to reach these goals; and the achievement of these set goals depend on our determination, capabilities and resources.
"Give yourself something to work toward – constantly." – Mary Kay Ash
If you are a good goal setter; you will come to observe or assume that almost all element comes to stand as a hindrance in our path the moment we set positive goals. I have also observed that the moment we set positive goals; whether personal or otherwise, things seem to get tougher.
"A good goal is like a strenuous exercise, it makes you stretch." – Mary Kay Ash
Now how do you achieve your set goals in the face of challenges? How do I stay focused in the pursuit of my goal? What are the key elements that make achievement of goals possible? You are going to find out soon.
If you truly want to become successful with respect to achieving your goals, whether in your personal life or business; then you need to have the right attitude and mindset to achieve the feat. There are several ways to do this and you may be surprised that you had everything you needed all along.
In this article, I am going to highlight four keys to achieving your goals in life and business this year. Whether you are an entrepreneur or employee; you are going to find this information relevant. So if you are ready to learn; then read on as I share with you four keys to achieving your goals this year.
How to Achieve Your Goals in Life and Business this Year
1. Engage in Positive Visualization
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – W. Clement Stone
Achieving your goal starts from within. You need to have full desire and passion over the things that you want to achieve. This way, you will constantly store the thoughts and ideas in your mind that will lead to success. If your desire is weak, the results and the paths to success will also be weak or delayed. The primary step is to create dreams. You may take a pen and paper, and list down the items that you want to do or achieve.
“Dream more than others; think practical.” – Howard Schultz
To achieve your goals in life and business this year, you must visualize yourself being successful in your objectives. The attitude of the mind is highly important to subconsciously control your actions towards the achievement of your set goals.
"A plan is a bridge to your dreams. Your job is to make the plan or bridge real, so that your dreams will become real. If all you do is stand on the side of the bank and dream of the other side, your dreams will forever be just dreams. First make your plans real and then your dreams will come true." – Rich Dad
You can keep pictures of things to help you visualize. Try surfing the internet and look for the right images that will put you on the right track. You may want to consult a professional coach to help you visualize if you have difficulty doing it.
2. Creating Your List
“All personal achievements start in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is.” – W. Clement Stone
Next, you need to create a list of the goals you intend to achieve. It is also vital that you create the action steps or objectives that will ultimately lead to your main goal. For example, if your goal is to get rich, you have to set steps such as saving money, investing, working extra hours, building connections, etc to make that goal a reality.
It is always recommended to make your list more specific, such as "To earn a million dollars", instead of just "Being rich." You should also be specific about the action steps. You can write down objectives such as "Save 10 dollars everyday", instead of just "Save more." You should also create a time frame wherein you can finish tasks right on schedule. You will avoid the hindrances if you push yourself more by setting deadlines.
3. Think of Benefits or Consequences
Apart from writing down the list of your goals and action steps to be taken, you will also want to include the advantages and consequences of your goals just in case you reach them. For example, you can put "Buy a new Ferrari once I make a million dollars" or "Managing my main office nemesis", etc. These specific advantages will motivate you more in the pursuit of your goals. You can also include the consequences should you fail or delay by writing down things such as "Lose my house" or "Disappoint my wife", etc.
4. The Right Attitude
"Getting rich begins with the right mindset, the right words and the right plan." – Rich Dad
You need to have the right attitude that will help you stick to your goals. The most important are consistency, patience and discipline. Consistency describes the work you put in to achieve the results you've always desired. Patience talks about waiting for the right opportunity and persevering despite some disappointments. Discipline means giving up some immediate gratifications so you can get bigger and long lasting benefits in the end.
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievements.” – W. Clement Stone
You can practice the right attitude by talking to successful entrepreneurs or finding a partner who can motivate you during times of trouble. It is important that you check your list every now and then; and make the necessary adjustments over time. Changes may occur but you have to stay with the goal, even if the plan is flexible and altered.
"The biggest challenge you have is to challenge your own self doubt and your laziness. It is your self doubt and your laziness that defines and limit who you are." – Rich Dad
As a final note, these are my four step plan to achieving your goals in life and business this year. Put these strategic steps into action and I will see you at the top.