5 Tips For Setting Achievable Goals
I am a master planner. I have notebooks full of plans that I want to make happen, but most of the time those plans stay in my notebook, and they take a lot of work to make them actually happen. But recently I have been working on a method that will let these dreams and plans become my reality. And I thought that these tips might help you to you planning into achievable goals.
Set A Smart Goal
The first tip that helps me to jump start my plan (goal) is to establish a SMART goal. Have you heard of smart goals? Setting a smart goal is extremely helpful, no matter what your goal is.
Smart is an acronym for a goal setting process:
- A-Attainable (or achievable)
And you determine your goal by writing out a goal that is specific, measurable as well as attainable and realistic and you have a time frame in mind. As an example, for the month of August one of my many goals is to have a new video every single day for the month of August on my YouTube channel. It is a specific goal that is realistic (with hard work and dedication) and I can measure it. So I started planning for this upcoming plan about 6 months ago. And with a lot of hard work, I will reach this goal!
Keep It Simple
I have a hard time keeping my plans and goals simple. But in order to be successful, you need to keep your goal simple. You can always have a long term goal, with smaller goals that will help get you to the end result.
As you work toward your goal, don’t forget to reward and celebrate yourself for getting there! The journey is part of the reward. But don’t forget to acknowledge your hard work when you get there.
Have An Accountability Partner
You will be more successful, and more likely to reach your goal if you have someone to hold you accountable along your journey. I am fortunate that my husband is very good at helping me to reach my goals. He knows just what to say, or do to motivate me to keep moving forward. And if your goal is related to riding, or your horse, your accountability partner could be a fellow barn mate, or a riding instructor.
Review Your Goals Frequently
Just writing down a goal will not make it happen, trust me, I have tried. It takes work, and dedication on your part to reach those goals. So once you have written your goal down, be sure to come back to it and see how you are doing. This is one of the reasons I use spiral notebooks. I can come back to my goal, and make notes on how I am doing, or put little baby steps on the way to my ultimate goal. And the best part is once I achieve something, I get to cross it off my list. I love crossing things off my list!
I find the more I look at my goal, because it’s written down, the more likely I am to achieve it. It’s like just because I wrote it down, it will happen. I know that isn’t the reason, but it seems like it helps!
5 Tips For Reaching Your Goals
I know there are a lot of tips that you can use to reach your goals, but these are the things that I do that help me the most. And once you have done it a couple of times, it becomes a habit. And before you know it, every time you have a goal, you may find yourself setting a smart goal, or jotting down your goals in a notebook.
There is no right or wrong way to get from A to B. And however you plan to reach your goal is great! The main thing I want you to take away from this is to actually have a goal. You never know what you are capable of until you dare to achieve it. So, tell me, what is your goal?