Here’s the thing: the most successful people have used goal setting that works. They have developed daily habits to help them achieve their goals.
They don’t wait for life to present them with opportunities for success. They create opportunities and expect success. They have a vision, and they’ve plotted out the daily, weekly, and monthly goals to make the vision a reality.
If you examine the lives and life goals of some of the most successful people — people like Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, or Mark Zuckerberg — you’ll see they have many things in common with achieving their goals.
Each of these people defined what their goals in life were and decided to make it happen in spite of challenges and roadblocks along the way.
In my own life, both for my career and personal life, I’ve written down specific goals I wanted to achieve, and (for the most part) I’ve made these goals happen because I created an action plan and followed through to achieve it.
Building my business, writing and publishing books, moving to a new city, building a house — all of these began with a vision, a specific goal setting, and a series of clear action steps.
We all know intellectually that setting goals and habits leads to success, but do YOU know how to achieve your goals?
Do you know how to achieve goals by implementing strategies on a daily basis to propel you closer to the goal you want to achieve?
Achieving goals and dreams requires a commitment to specific habits — actions that have proven time and time again to lead you to results.
If you have personal goals you want to accomplish this year then learn how the successful people reach their goals.
21 Proven Actions For Achieving Goals
Consider using these 21 steps on how to achieve goals:
1. Set long-term and daily goals.
Successful people not only set long-term and daily goals, but also they write down their goals and review them regularly. They break down their goals into manageable actions or habits and set benchmarks for achievement.
2. Start goal setting early.
Successful people wake up early and start their workday before others do. They are disciplined in using the early hours for some of their most productive work.
3. Remain focused accomplishing your goal.
Highly successful people know what they want, and they keep their eyes on the prize, even when distractions or other opportunities try to lure them away. They are fierce about minimizing distractions and focusing on the task at hand.
4. Invite critique to attain your goal.
Successful people aren’t intimidated or angry when they are criticized. In fact, they invite constructive criticism and learn from what others suggest.
5. Take calculated risks.
Successful goal achievers don’t procrastinate on the hard or unpleasant tasks. They do what needs to be done and try to finish harder tasks or projects early in the day to get them out of the way.
6. Accomplish the hard stuff first.
People who attain their goals don’t procrastinate on the hard or unpleasant tasks.
They do what needs to be done and try to finish harder tasks or projects early in the day to get them out of the way.
7. Stay confident and determined.
Goal oriented people manage their emotions, even when they are disappointed or feeling off. They proactively remain confident and positive, looking on the bright side of situations and moving quickly past mistakes or failures.
8. Seek out opportunities.
People with goals find opportunities where other’s don’t. Although they are highly focused on achieving their goals, they keep their eyes and mind open to potential new ventures and goals.
9. Play to strengths.
Everyone has strengths and weakness, and goal achieving people focus more on building their strengths than on improving their weaknesses. They realize their strengths are their most natural abilities, so they find other ways (or people) to manage their weak areas.
10. Practice persistence.
Goal-focused people work hard. They are disciplined, committed, and persistent.
11. Have a clear vision.
Goals are absolutely necessary for success, but successful people have something even larger and more foundational than goal setting. They have a vision for what they want in their personal and professional life. They have created a picture in their mind’s eye of their future and have written out this vision, using goal setting to make it real.
12. Handle problems quickly.
Problems and challenges occur for everyone, even the most successful. But these people are able to handle problems efficiently and effectively and move past them without allowing them to become a drag on attaining their goals.
13. Remain flexible and open to change.
Successful people realize there’s more than one way to reach a goal in life or manage a problem. They aren’t committed to the status quo. They invite change and remain flexible to new ways of doing things.
14. Learn from mistakes and failures.
Not only do successful people move past mistakes and failures quickly, but also they make a point of examining their mistakes to see what they can learn from them. Failure doesn’t impact the self-esteem of successful people. They know failure is part of success.
15. Push past comfort zones.
Successful people are constantly stretching themselves to be better, achieve more, and to push their own limits.
They have high expectations for themselves and those around them.
16. Practice self-confidence.
Successful people are usually confident, but even when they don’t feel confident, they practice the skills of self-confidence in order to boost their feelings and to inspire confidence in others.
17. Find the right people.
Goal achieving people understand one of the keys to success is having the right people around you. They are discerning about who they spend their time with and whose advice and input they invite. They seek out like-minded, successful mentors, peers, and employees.
18. Have very high standards.
Successful goal setters have very high standards in their personal and professional life. They don’t accept mediocre or half-way. They want to be exceptional and spend time with exceptional people.
19. Exercise regularly.
Being healthy and energetic is vital to one’s success. Successful people exercise regularly to manage stress, create balance, boost creativity, and harness energy.
20. Continue to learn and grow.
Successful people are life-long learners. They may be experts in their fields, but they know they aren’t experts in everything, and they have a deep desire to expand their knowledge and understanding. They read voraciously, take classes, and seek out the wisdom and knowledge of others.
21. Pay attention to intuition.
Successful people don’t rely solely on their intelligence and judgment. They also pay attention to their intuition. They know from experience that gut feelings often give them exactly the information they need to make a decision or plan an action.
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Personal and professional success requires consistently applying these strategies and remaining committed to your long-term vision. With the right habits, practiced daily, you can achieve your goals.
And with every goal you achieve, you’re building the foundation for the life you desire and the person you want to be. Ultimately, you control your destiny, and your destiny is created one small action at a time.
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