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5 Steps To Achieving Your Goals

Goals are an important part of moving forward with life! You want to be reaching for something to feel motivated, even if it’s small. So how do you reach your goals?

First, ask yourself these two questions:

  • Am I aligned with my emotions and is my motivation high enough?
  • Have I chosen to commit to daily habits that step towards my goals no matter what?

If you answered yes to these two questions, then it is safe to say that you are on the path to reaching your goals. Here are 5 steps to take to achieve your goals.

  1. Have a deadline—provide a deadline for each stage that is needed to execute the goal. Give yourself a deadline for planning the vision, and a deadline for finding the resources.
  1. Actually try to achieve the goal—when you are working on these deadlines, put in your best effort to meet the deadlines. This will tap into both the left side and right side of the brain, due to increased analytical thinking and creativity.
  1. Keep it moving – once the deadline hits, MOVE ON to the next deadline. It does not matter if it failed, move on to what’s next. This conditions you to not be emotionally attached to the project. When you become emotionally attached, it is harder to be resilient in accomplishing the goal because impulses, negativity, or emotional reactions occur.
  1. Learn as you go—as you keep moving through each deadline, you will notice, that all you did was break up the goal into tiny goals. Because some have failed, (unless you didn’t), this is when you use what you have learned from each deadline, to refine and execute the next deadline. None of this will happen if you keep extending the very first deadline because of failure.
  1. Reflect – soon all the deadlines turn into a goal accomplished. However, the most important part is the reflection after the accomplishment. This will give insight into how deadlines are reached, what you have learned, and what you can do better for the next time. This is when you can decide to expand this goal or move into a new one.

Did you know? – Our brain naturally dismisses any info that is unfamiliar. This is why it is hard to stick to new habits and goals. Now that we know this, the best strategy to override bad habits and stick to new goals is to just keep learning and going through the process of unfamiliarity. Don’t forget to grab a copy of your FREE E-book, The Smart Guide To Goal-Setting here.  

**Erica weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on her blog. She’s an author, a speaker, and a life coach, who offers honest encouragement and road-tested wisdom about topics ranging from leadership and lifestyle, to discovering your God-crafted identity, design, and purpose.

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