Success is relative because everyone defines success differently. For instance, my definition of success could be "to live a happy and fulfilled life" while someone else's could be, "to be the richest person ever lived".  However you define success, one thing I know for sure is that it's something everyone aims to achieve at one point or the other.

Becoming successful whatever that may be for you, requires setting goals and being disciplined, patient, with an incredible amount of drive to visualize and focus in order to achieve your aspirations.  In other words, you have to be very vigilant and work hard toward achieving the goals you have set. 

I recently listened to a podcast by Tony Woodallwhere he said only 5% of people set and write down their goals...meaning 95% of people don't?   Interestingly, he also mentioned that we're 42% more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down.  

So if that's the case, why are so many of us not setting and writing down goals? Why are many of us winging it in life hoping that everything will just fall in place? This genuinely got me thinking about goal setting and how it's important in achieving success.  On today's blog post, I'll talk about 5 tips that will help you set and achieve goals successfully.

Set Well-defined Goals

Having a well defined written down goals is essential, whether it's business or personal.  It opens your minds to understand that,  possibilities are endless; when that happens, everything suddenly seems more achievable. 

It must be relevant, specific, and not vague in order for it to work.  For example, instead of writing down "be debt free and save money", try writing down "pay off all my debt by December and start saving 6 months worth of emergency fund by the end of the year". This way you're more articulate, realistic and have a deadline of which you would like to achieve your goals.

Setting it financial, personal development, family, educational, career, fitness puts you in a position to take control of your future. Taking control of your life, in turn, makes you responsible, accountable and it's beneficial for living a productive life.

With that being said, keep in mind that setting goals will not be without, good old honest hard work. It will entail fighting for your goals, possibly losing and failing multiple times before winning eventually.

Set Small Attainable Goals 

Setting both short/long term goals is so important, but it can also be overwhelming especially if you're new to it. So start small...set small goals, break them down into little baby steps so it's not overwhelming. Once you have set, and written down your goals start working hard towards achieving it each day no matter how little it may be.

It'll not happen overnight so be very patient, confident, focus on the little wins and celebrate every little milestone. It all counts in the grand scheme of things because it'll imminently propel you to your ultimate goal (the big picture) so to speak. It will also give you the well-needed momentum to carry on because achieving small goals gives traction and momentum...and with momentum comes more effort.

My goal when I started this blog was to publish two blog posts per month. I'm SAHM so I rarely get uninterrupted time during the day to myself. In order for me to achieve this goal, I set aside a little time throughout the month to come up with ideas, brainstorm, make rough notes, do research, write a blog post, edit and publish it within the deadline.

Most days, I stay up very late into the early hours of the morning so I can dedicate the time needed to my blog. I understand that's what it'll take for me to succeed at my goals so,  I do it, even when I don't feel like it.  Staying up late has been working great for my goals and I've been running with it.

Commit And Work Tirelessly On Your Goals

Setting goals requires total commitment, you must stick to it until the very end. Without a doubt,  you will question your decisions many times, you will second guess yourself many times, you may even feel burnt out, and feel like giving up. That's all part of the process and it's perfectly normal, so keep going, stick to the plan and DON'T give up no matter what.

Personally, once I set goals, come hell or high water, I must achieve it, despite any and all difficulties. I'm very determined but it's also an integrity thing for me; integrity simply put for me, means keeping my words and doing what I  said I'd do, whether it's to myself or others. I don't like letting others down so why would I do that to myself? I owe it to myself to hold myself accountable, put in the work and work a little harder so I can achieve the goals I have set for myself.

Be Mindful Of The People You Keep Around

Goal setting is about consistency, structure, and mindsets. You may have a "can do mindset" which will get you far in achieving your goals but it's also very important to take into account the company you keep around you.  I can't stress how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded people with similar goals and mindsets.

The people in your circle will either break or make your goals.   If your goal is to lose weight, hanging around with someone who eats whatever they want will ultimately do you in. We're only human and succumbing to temptations is sometimes inevitable. You may need to stop hanging out with certain people while you work on achieving your goals if it'll be detrimental to your success in the long run.

 Not everyone would want to do the work and change with you, so don't be afraid to let them go while you seek to grow.  Growth is part of life and so important to living your full potential so don't let anyone hold you back.

It's Time For Action...Stop Wasting Time And Start Today

Life is not as complicated as most people perceive it to be.  Highly successful people work so hard on a daily basis to achieve their successes. Whether it's weight loss, financial, educational whatever it may be, they worked hard and earned it. Success was not given to them and they're not "lucky". They set the goals and chipped away at it a little at a time.

If they did it, why can't you? It's time to motivate yourself to believe that everything is at your fingertips only if you're willing to put in the work.  Stop wishing for it, stop talking about it and set your plans in motion. Start setting goals, take control of your life and you can achieve so much more in life.

No one is going to give you anything or rescue you.  You have to do it yourself, and you have the power to be whatever you want. Is it always fun or easy? Certainly not! You will need to put in your blood, sweat, and tears but it will be so worth it at the end. Be purposeful and intentional in everything you do and the sky will be your limit. Remember, it's not a race, so do it on your own terms and don't be intimidated.

We're halfway into the year, it's not too late to start setting goals that will help move you closer to your dreams...I challenge you to start today! You'll be baffled at how manageable life gets simply by having a plan and sticking to it.




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