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A lot of people never achieve their goals. They never achieve their goals because they’re paralyzed with fear—fear that they will fail. Fear that their goals are nothing more than pipe dreams that are well out of their reach.

They’re wrong.

It is possible to reach for the stars and not fall short. You can get the results you want and live the life you desire, you just need to take the right approach.

Make SMART Goals

If you want to achieve your goals, you need to first set the right kind of goals.

It’s fine to set a goal that you want to have a career helping people, but if you don’t know what form that career will take, how are you going to achieve it? It would be far better to set the goal of completing a course to become a mental health counselor at Bradley University in the next 3 years, or training as a life coach in the next six months so that you can help other people achieve their dreams.

These are known as SMART goals—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-driven. They give you your best chance of success because of how they’re set up.

Follow a Map

On the road to achieving your goals, it helps to have a map. So, once you know what you want to do, sit down and make a detailed, step-by-step plan of how you’re going to do it.

That way, when things get overwhelming and it feels like you’re never going to get where you want to be, you can look at your map and focus on nothing more than the next step.

Getting to your end goal may seem impossible, but taking the next step isn’t so hard.

Use Visualization Techniques

It can be really helpful to visualize yourself achieving your goals and living your dream life. It tells your brain where you want to be and encourages you to act in the ways you’ve imagined so that doing the right things for you becomes a natural process. 

There is research to show even just imagining yourself doing something can make you better at it (Conor McGregor and James Nesmeth are perfect examples).

By sitting down, closing your eyes, and thinking about the process of achieving your goals, you are able to actually move yourself a step closer to achieving them.

Do Something Daily

If you’re serious about achieving your goals, whether you want to learn French or set up a new business, you absolutely need to keep the momentum going by taking action each day.

These are otherwise known as habits.

Related Post: The Basics of Habit Change

Doing things daily stops you from becoming paralyzed with fear and ensures you’re always moving in the right direction. So, even if you only learn one new word or send out one business loan query today, do something because all of those little actions will snowball into big results.

Know There Will Be Setbacks

If you plan for setbacks, they won’t knock you for six when they do happen and you’ll be able to pick yourself back up and keep moving forward far more easily.

Good luck! You can do it.

About the author 


Life & mindset coach, writer, host of podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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