There are less than three months left in the year, which means it’s crunch time if you still haven’t achieved your 2014 goals. Although time is ticking down, there is still plenty of time to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself this year. Consider these four tips to help you achieve your goals.
What is motivating you to achieve your goal? Do you want to make more money, change your career, or improve your skill set? Get clear about what you want, and then use that to inspire you throughout your journey.
Write Your Goals Down
Put your goals down on paper and keep them visible. A goal that you can see is more powerful than a goal you write down and tuck away. Write down your goals in a journal, on a post-it, or even make a vision board. Make your goals specific and detailed. Review your goals often and make changes as necessary. Remind yourself why you set these goals in the first place, and why they are important to you.
Make a Plan
After you set a goal for yourself, make a plan of action with detailed tasks. Break your goal up into manageable pieces and give yourself due dates for each piece. For example, if your goal is to turn your side hustle into your full time career, you would need make a detailed list of everything you would need to accomplish to make that a reality. You could set smaller monthly goals using the end of each month as your due date.
Try, Learn, Repeat
Jump right in and get to work on your goal. Your goal is your own and no one else is going to accomplish it for you. If your goal is to find a new career, identify what you will have to do before you can start applying for jobs within that industry and start preparing yourself. Lawyers who want to focus on tax law, for example, usually have to complete a Graduate Tax Program before they can do so. In situations where you will need additional training to further your career, start by looking at online programs. There is a good chance that you will find the exact course that you need to achieve your goals through an online university, which will make it much easier to reach your goals. While you are working on your goal you will experience success and setbacks. Use these experiences to your advantage. Take note of what has worked well and what has not. By reflecting on these experiences you are building up the grit and determination required to achieve your goals.
Remember, you set these goals for a reason. Goals help propel us in the direction we want to go. Setting a goal in the first place is a big step forward, so kudos for embarking on a path to a more successful and improved self. While goals are not always easy to achieve remember that you are capable of the goals you set for yourself.