Some believe that setting a goal is a way to set yourself up for disappointment or failure. This isn’t entirely true. Unachievable goals are those that can be damaging to your self-esteem and financial stability. However, setting realistic goals in order to achieve a larger picture can make all the difference in how you approach the task. You should focus on the end result as a whole, and do what needs to be done in order to work your way up to that point.
Breaking Down the Objective - In reality, nearly every goal can be broken down into achievable segments that benefit the whole. While seeing the big picture as a single unit can make it seem overwhelming, the smaller segments could be ultimately more manageable to complete. For instance: You set a goal to have a five thousand dollars saved up for next Christmas. If you stop there, that goal could be difficult to achieve without planning. By breaking up what needs to be done by you in order to achieve that goal of five grand, you can focus on the smaller aspects that are easier to obtain. With each of these being accomplished, your ultimate goal begins to take shape.
Plan Appropriately - Each ultimate goal will be different depending on the circumstance. While certain behaviors and savings could go into the example above, losing so much weight by Thanksgiving would require a different set of tasks. Depending on what your ultimate accomplishment is, you could spend a great deal of time planning for it and setting smaller achievable units. This is good for it helps you maintain your focus on what you want to achieve. Take time to properly develop your plan of action and include tasks that are needed in order to succeed with each step.
Mind Mapping Software Works Wonders - Mind mapping applications are a great method of providing insight to what needs to be accomplished before reaching the larger objective. Applications such as Mindomo can help you work backwards so you can plan each step that needs to be accomplished before the next one can be focused on. Many of these online apps are free to use or have fair pricing schemes – all of them can be greatly useful to develop your plan of action.
Positive Reinforcement Through Pride - When you accomplish a goal, you’re filled with a feeling of pride that you were able to meet that particular need. It’s this feeling you get from success that you want to emulate throughout the entire experience. Being proud of yourself for achieving each smaller segment can help you keep focused on maintaining the momentum. The feelings you experience through success can be a great motivator.
Failures - Don’t view your failures as a negative experience. Learning from your mistakes is how you prevent them from happening again. Just attempt the goal until you succeed as you learn from each pitfall. If the goal is too difficult to achieve, break it down even further in order to develop a manageable set of situations. Failures can be discouraging, but you need to keep your focus and develop strategies for the next attempt.
Be realistic when developing your plan of action. Goals that are set too high can not only be difficult to achieve, but they can discourage you as well. You need to keep a positive frame of mind, and this is much easier if you’re able to achieve some of the progress you need for the ultimate objective. Nothing is impossible if you have a proper plan of action for achieving your dreams.
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston.
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