What Do You Do Next in Achieving Your Goals?

By: Gen Wright


Vincent Van Gogh, famous for his art of 1880-90, but not recognized for it until well into the twentieth century believed that, "great things are done by a series of small things brought together." If we consider that the goals you need to set must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. What we need to discuss now is how to break down your goals to ensure that you achieve them. If you are anything like me, you usually have a few irons in the fire, rushing around trying to get them all completed. We have to know how to further break down our specific goals in order to achieve success in what we are doing.

First, pick just one goal that you really want to accomplish. Put your focus into achieving this goal only and then you can move onto the next one. This might be a goal that you are already working on, but maybe you haven't been consistent in moving it forward successfully. Well, stick with that one and build your confidence knowing that you are one step to attaining it each day.

Next, take that goal and write it down. Put in a place where you will be certain to see it several times a day. This says that you are committed to it, and that you really want it. It's not just something in your subconscious. It is a visible, written statement about what it is your striving for.

This next step is equally as important and that is tracking your progress. You must do this everyday. This can be as simple as jotting down a note on a calendar, or writing it down in your journal-. It could mean that you have a support person, family or friend, whom you report to each day (or week) about the progress you are making in achieving your goal. Studies by experts have concluded that if you can successfully put into practice your goal for twenty-one consecutive days you are well on your way to tackling the next goal.

You cannot possibly do any of this without ensuring that you have some "me" time in your life set aside to realize your dream. Whatever time of day works best for you, early morning, late night, or lunchtime, make sure this is when you are successfully working on your goal. Don't give yourself excuses such as you don't have enough time. Make sure you allot yourself the "me" time you need to work on yourself. You're worth it.

Possibly the most difficult step to achieving our goals is being firm. I mean with ourselves, in that only we can do the work that needs to be done to accomplish our goals. You have to really want it, be committed, and yet be somewhat flexible to ensure that you can carry on when life throws you a curve ball. Think only positive thoughts and don't put any negative words into the mix or you will certainly extinguish the flame you have lit that keeps your dreams burning bright.

Take some time to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal, write it down, put it somewhere visible where you can see it throughout the day, track your progress, ensure you have set aside enough "me" time, and remain POSITIVE, POSITIVE, POSITIVE. Last but not least, take time to celebrate your accomplishments. Enjoy that feeling of success that comes over you for a job well done, and the excitement you feel knowing you are one step closer to achieving your dream.

As a great lady named Kathy Seligman, an independent fundraising consultant in the United Kingdom once stated, "You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try."

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Liz Cascagnette is a Career Coach and President of Envision Career Coaching. To find out more about what a career coach can do for you to put you on the track to your dream career, visit her Career Coaching website. While youíre on the website, donít forget to sign up for her free monthly newsletter providing tips and advice on setting and achieving the goals toward the life youíve always wanted.

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