10 Ways to Achieve Your Life's Goals

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If you are struggling to make your dreams come true, and to achieve your goals, let these 10 steps point you in the right direction. Here's how to set and achieve goals. The important thing is that you break this film: start a new year and set goals with priority. But within a short time (most likely) you will have forgotten about them.

I like writing goal lists and I like doing action plans, I like putting everything on paper. This way I have everything under control. It (almost) always works. If you don't give yourself a method it is very difficult to set goals.



For the new year, have you written down how to achieve goals sensibly?

Are these goals in your sight?

Did you hang them on the fridge or near your desk?

The first thing to do is to distinguish between realistic goals and habits we have. If you are addicted to something - like tobacco or your smartphone - you can definitely change, but there it is it will take a considerable effort.

Choose how to achieve the goals that inspire you

Set goals that are personal to you and that inspire you to reach new heights. Don't follow the crowd, imitating the ambitions of your friends or colleagues.

You pursue something that you are passionate about, something that truly interests you. This helps create a sense of purpose that will motivate you to stop thinking and… start doing.

Be proactive

The goals of life are those who dream of achieving "one day", but never today. This approach must change if things are to happen. You have to stop scrolling through social media, wanting to have that job, that lifestyle, that social status, and instead, you just have to go out there and be proactive, decisive. Get straight to the point. Enough mental ruminations. The road belongs to those who take it.



No more negativity

The American writer Earl Nightingale once said "our attitude towards life determines the attitude of life towards us" and it is true. Project negativity to the world and it will backfire on you. When you say to yourself "I can't do this or I can't do that" and magically it will be a failure. It is the power of the mantra… on the contrary.

As cliché as it may seem, having a "can do" attitude can really help you achieve your goals. Whenever doubt starts creeping into your mind, sweep the doubt away and become a person who sees the glass as half full.

Be balanced

It's easy to become obsessed with setting goals. You are fascinated and would do anything to get where you want. However, this carries the risk of burnout. Get realistic with your goals right from the start. Don't lie to yourself. 

Push is good, but remember that you are human and you need rest and recovery like everyone else.

Create a schedule and set aside enough time each day or week to work towards your goal. For example, if you want to participate in a 10km race, your first step must be to draw up a training plan, which gives you the right amount of training without the risk of getting tired.

Break the circle

Setting goals and achieving them is difficult. There are no shortcuts or easy routes, but that's what makes the experience so rewarding.



If you start to feel overwhelmed, stop. Not only time-consuming, but also review your plans. Describe specifically what you want to achieve, by when and by what means your goals will make you feel much more achievable.

Embrace failure

Setting a goal rarely works without problems. You hit obstacles that make you question why you tried, but that's part of the game, and the sooner you accept it the better. Rather let failure get you down, acknowledge that it happened and learn from your mistakes. Make a note of what worked well, what didn't work, and move on. This will make you stronger.

Tell everyone

The first rule for establishing a goal is: talk about defining the goal itself. Tell everyone who will listen to you what your plans are and how you intend to carry them out. The additional pressure will motivate you to act on your words. The more people you talk to, the better your chances of meeting people who you can collaborate with and exceed your goals.

Ask for help

Don't fight alone. Sometimes you can only take a project up to a certain point before you need a new perspective. This can be anything - maybe you're training for a half marathon and no matter how hard you try, you can't get that time under that enviable 2 hour threshold. 


At this point, you could ask for a friend's advice or even get in touch with some community on social networks specializing in marathon and running.


Track your progress

A great incentive to get to the finish line can be to see how far you have already come. If your weight loss success has suddenly stopped and you are tempted to relapse into old (bad) habits, remember how well you have done up to this point.

Throughout the journey you have set for yourself, take photos, keep a diary and even a blog about your experience. Keeping track of good and bad weeks also helps you deal with your weaknesses and overcome them.

View the final result

Losing sight of the end result will encourage you to stray off course. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to visualize the change you want to see. Make this picture clear in your mind - the "new you" in X weeks time - so that when some mishap occurs, you won't feel confused and come back stronger than ever.

And when you hit your target, take care of yourself; you deserve it. Were you able to ride the marathon course without blisters? There's a post-race beer with your name on it.

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