How To Create Empowering Goals, part 4
Ways to Practically Guarantee Your Success
Believe it or not, we have all have the power within ourselves to practically guarantee success. By researching and examining what is realistic and attainable, you can first make sure you only set goals that you can reach, and only the goals you really want to spend time on.
Succeeding is honestly as easy as doing. In the moment, it may seem hard – probably because you’re looking at the giant hairy goal’s result instead of the small daily tasks you need to do to succeed. But, for overall success, whatever the victory may be, it just needs a series of steps and activities that lead to the result. Without action, there is no success.
Practice Daily Gratitude
It might seem backward, but success starts with gratitude. Practicing gratitude gives you a moment to break away from all the daily stress life brings and just be happy.
Happiness, it turns out, provides determination and motivation. Each morning, use gratitude to start your day off with positivity by thinking of something that you are grateful for right now at this moment. Even if it’s only that you can breathe or drink coffee, that is good enough. Your day will be joyful when you are filled with gratitude.
Live with Intention
Determine what you want out of life and live it with intention. This means to live your life as though you mean it, with purpose and aim, and act like you want something out of it. If you want to achieve this goal, it’s time to prove it to yourself.
Realize you are the only one who can change your life and make it happen. Be mindful of your time and create a clear plan of action to achieving your goals. Look deep within yourself and see what needs to be fixed or updated to get you to where you need to be. Maybe your routine needs a change, or just your mindset.
Anytime you think of something negative, replace it with positive thoughts. Stop justifying your negativity; stop making excuses; stop trying to rationalize or explain away or make light of something you feel bad or unhappy about.
Wherever possible, remove the negative thing and/or people from your life and replace it with people and things that encourage positivity and growth. The feelings you have inside determine your next actions. And believe it or not, you control your feelings because feelings are reactions, and you are 100 percent in control of your responses.
If you are upset, angry, sad, frustrated, or something else, it is likely your next move isn’t going to be a good one. Better to take time to get through it than make decisions at that point.
If you are feeling confused and angry when you try to do something, you will probably not do it as well as if you were happy and excited to do it. Take steps to make sure you change your negative thoughts into positive ones by creating a habit of switching negative thoughts to positive ones (or at least neutral ones).
Keep track of your goals. Keep track of your plans to achieve those goals. You are your progress and any results as you go along with it. Seeing your goals daily, as well as you the proof of accomplishment, will give you the motivation you need to keep going.
Make sure this information is readily available and something you will see and/or will read each day. For example, train yourself to look at your diary or planner every day at certain times. Anything with a thought-out plan with steps to achieve it will see success.
Now that we’ve looked at the importance of goal setting and how to do it, it’s time to get started. The only thing left to do is to act. Remember that action is essential with any goal to ensure it comes to fruition. Take control of your life and start setting goals.
If you could do, have, or be anything, what would it be? Don’t let others cloud your judgment if you have a passion to go after it. Ask yourself what activities give you the highest sense of purpose and feelings of wellbeing. Once you answer these questions, figure out how you can do more of those activities. Life is about doing and being what you love.
How have your thoughts and habits directed and affected the life you have right now? What do you need to do or change to get on the path to reaching your goals? Making changes in your life is healthy. It might be scary at first, but usually, a change is happening because it needs to happen. How can these changes help you reach your goals?
What are you willing to give up so you can be successful in achieving those goals? Start giving those things up today. For example, if one of your goals is to graduate college with a 4.0 GPA, you are going to have to give up a lot of social time and activities to study.
Make sure your sacrifices are worth the reward that you are reaching for the end. No goal achieved is made without sacrifices. Giving up a little partying is beneficial in making good grades. But, giving up time with your child might be going too far. Be realistic and make sure each sacrifice you make is worthwhile.
Get moving and doing on the actions you’ve set up in your calendar. What actions do you need to take now, immediately, to get started?
This has been stated before but needs to be repeated – a goal that you want to achieve, no matter what the goal is, requires action.
If you don’t act, you won’t be successful. Start now, not today, or Monday, or after your partner does something, or you lose weight, or you grow your hair out. Do it now. The only thing we have promised is today. Figure out what you can do or change right this minute to get you one step closer to your goals.
Goal setting is a gratifying process but takes work and determination to be successful. Thankfully, with proper goal setting, you can practically automate your goals and achieve more than you ever thought before.
There are plenty of reasons to practice goal setting but out of all, the most rewarding is the feeling of control. When you set SMART goals using a process, you intentionally decide to take control of your life and to be aware of every single action it takes to get where you want to be.
Goal setting requires being conscious of your actions. To be successful, you must plan, keep track, and, most importantly, make sure the goals you are setting are loyal to you.
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