The Importance Of Setting Goals That Are Achievable

Setting goals is the single most important thing you can do when you have a dream. Whether your dream is big or small, it will remain a dream until you sit down and set goals. Going to college, pursuing a career, buying your first house, getting out of debt, and building your business are impossible dreams without a goal. If you can see it and you want it, you must plan for it. A goal is a destination, and it’s your job to know your destination in advance so you can find your route.

Goal setting is the pathway to success. When you know what you desire, you can envision the many ways to get it. You can choose a way that works for you, break down your large goals into smaller goals, and you can keep yourself motivated along the way. The goal is the focus point, and it’s also your measure of progress. Without a goal, there is no way to understand how far you’ve gone or how far you have left to go. Your goal is your biggest motivating factor, and you cannot succeed in any aspect of life without working toward something.

What Are Your Goals?

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The dictionary describes a goal as, “the desired result a person or a system envisions, plans, and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some assumed development.” It’s the plan you have for the future. It’s what you want to accomplish in life. Whether it’s earning a million dollars a year, building your first house before you turn 25, or paying off $25,000 in debt before the end of the year.

The beauty of goal setting is that it can be as large and exciting as possible, or it can be a smaller goal that helps you improve your life or meet a milestone. Your goals are yours, and there is no such thing as a goal too big or small. The goals mentioned already are larger goals. You can create a goal to run a 5k in six months. You can also strive to save $500 a month. The goal could be to go to work early every day for an entire week. Your goals are yours, and they can be big, small, short-term goals or long-term goals.

Short-Term Goals

The definition of a short-term goal is something you want to accomplish soon. It can be today, tomorrow, next month, or before the year is over. A good example of a short-term goal is to save money for an emergency fund. Your goal is to put $1,000 into a savings account in 6 weeks. You want to do it soon, so it’s a goal you work on a little every day for a short period.

Long-Term Goals

These are goals that take a year or longer to achieve. You might not train for a 5k for five years, but you might save money to put a down payment on a house in five years. You want to buy a $500,000 house by the time you reach your 30th birthday, and you’re 25 now. You have five years to save a 30% down payment, which is $150,000.

How to Set Achievable Goals?

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Setting achievable goals allows you to be realistic. They must be attainable whether they are short- or long-term goals. For example, you can set a short-term goal to lose weight before your Caribbean vacation in two months. However, if your goal is to lose 100 pounds before that vacation, it’s not achievable. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, it is an achievable goal. Long- and short-term goals are not achievable just because you make them a goal. They are only achievable if your goal setting includes a way to make them achievable. Here’s how to do that.

Setting Goals That Are Achievable

Focus on what you want. Be sure your goal is yours and no one else’s. This goal can be short-term, long-term, financial, personal, health-related, or anything in between. Just have a goal and write it down. Once your goal is on paper, make it specific. For example, write down that you want to save $150,000 in five years so you can put it down on a half-million dollar home. It’s an achievable goal.

Break Down Your Goal into Smaller Goals

The most successful goal setting strategy is to break down your goals into smaller goals. You want to save $150,000 in five years. You have five years, but you need to start now by breaking down that goal into smaller goals. Break it down into a yearly goal, a monthly goal, a weekly goal, and a daily goal. You need to save $30,000 per year for five years. Therefore, you need to save $2,500 per month for five years. Last, you must save $625 per week for five years. For five years, you need to save $89 per day. That goal is much easier to take in.

Focus on the Goal

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To achieve your goal, you must focus on it. Now that you know you need to save $89 per day for five years, figure out how to make that happen. Do you make enough money to save that much? Let’s say your net income is $50,000 per year, and your total monthly expenses are $2,500 per month. You have an additional $1666.67 per month left over for savings. That’s not enough to reach your goals every month. You only have $59.52 left to save per day.

Focus on that goal by figuring out what you can do to make it achievable. You must earn an additional $30 per day for five years to make that goal realistic. Find a way to make $30 per day. You can become a freelancer—tutor a student, or pick up other odd jobs as they come available. Figure you only have to find a way to earn $3 per hour for 10 hours a day. Now, you're focused on your goal and can turn it into reality.

Let Go of Unattainable Goals

You’ve set a goal, and you’ve tried everything to make it happen, and it just doesn’t work. Now is the time to step back and let it go. Find a new goal that’s more attainable. You will never reach your goals if they aren’t attainable. Sometimes you don’t realize your goals aren’t attainable until you’ve been working on them a while. Your mental health and your physical health are better when you learn to let go of things that aren’t working.

Use Reminders

Setting goals requires you ask yourself a few questions. Do you really want this? Do you really want the house you’re saving for? Remind yourself daily how bad you want it by hanging a photo on your fridge. Hang reminders on your bulletin board. Print motivational quotes and stick them on your computer or in a folder in your phone to look at when you’re not feeling motivated. Create a self-mantra you can repeat to yourself when you want to give up. A good example is, “I’ll be so mad at myself in five years if I don’t do this,” and keep that in mind.

Be Realistic

You must be realistic when you’re setting goals during your goal setting session. You cannot be hard on yourself or make your goals impossible to reach. Give yourself grace, reevaluate every few months, and focus on creating short-term goals that complement your long-term goals.

The Importance of Achieving Your Goals

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Setting goals provides you with more benefits than you realize. Not only do you get to plan for a goal, but you also get to celebrate the many benefits you gain along the way.

  • You become more focused
  • You become more determined
  • You have more motivation
  • You are not distracted
  • You could become healthier, stronger, happier, wealthier, more confident, etc.

Every goal is different, but achieving them makes you a better person. Goal setting gives you a reason. It gives you something to look forward to and something to focus on. Making a plan to achieve your goals makes you a more organized, more focused, and a more determined person. If your goal is to become healthier, you have the added benefit of losing weight, becoming stronger, and being happier from working out and eating a healthier diet. Your quality of life is better, and you increase your chances of living longer.

If your goal is financial, you enjoy the peace of mind that the goal provides. Your financial goals protect you, give you confidence, and make you a stronger person. If your goals are personal, they teach you to be patient, stronger, and better at life.

Each time you achieve a goal, large or small, you gain confidence in yourself. You can do this, you are good enough, and you are capable. You become stronger because of your confidence while becoming more motivated.


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Setting goals can change your life not just because you’re reaching your goals. Goal setting helps you become a stronger person who is more capable. You learn a strong sense of discipline and self-control. Setting goals allow you to redirect your perspective completely. Using these goal-setting techniques will allow you to live a life of freedom and success while enabling you to take control over what is most important to you. Setting and accomplishing your goals lets you change your life from the inside out. It makes you a better person who is happier and enjoys life to the fullest.

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