Having goals in life is very important. It helps us to be a better person and keeps on motivating us to do better. There can be different types of goals in various stages of life, some long-term and some short-term. We can have professional goals or personal goals but whatever may the nature of those goals, we need to have a plan or way to achieve them.
These plans must be made keeping in mind the resources we have and our abilities and only by approaching them in a systematic manner, we can reach our goals. Here are the basic 10 steps to reaching our goals:
1. Fix a goal
In order to be able to achieve a goal, you must have a clear idea of what you want in the first place. Be very specific about what you want and then set your heart in reaching that.
2. Plan of action
Once you have decided what you want, you have to set a plan or strategy to achieve that goal. You need to systematically make a plan which will help you reach your target.
There will be a number of steps that you have to take so that the plan of action is effective. You may have to take a particular course of study, for example, to get the job that you want.
4. Be active
You have to take the initiative, actively pursue, take any opportunity you get and make full use of it to get what you want.
5. Take advice
There will be many people who have been in your shoes before. Listen to what they have to say because reading motivational or instructional books or listening to people can guide you.
6. Back-up plan
It is very important to have at least one back-up plan so that of one does not work you have a fall back option. The alternative plan must also have the same target and you should use it if your first plan fails.
It is very easy to lose focus if you are pursuing a long-term goal but one must try not losing the dedication and focus.
Take out some time to examine your goals.
Tell yourself you can do it and repeat affirmations to stay motivated.
Visualizing your goal also helps you to say focused and motivated.