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Goal Setting: A Proven System to Help You Reach Your Goals

Imagine accomplishing your wildest dreams. Think of the satisfaction that will wash over you when you finally reach your goals—this is your birthright. And whether it’s running a marathon, starting your own business, or anything else worth striving for, there’s a certain template you can follow for success.

And the best part?

These simple steps have been proven time and again to be the bedrock of goal achievement. And all it takes is a commitment to the process. So keep reading to learn the proven system to help you reach your goals.

1. Decide on Your Aim

You can’t hit what you don’t aim at. Without an aim (a goal), you’re drowning in the ocean of circumstance. This default way of operating is not a good strategy for goal achievement. But unfortunately, it’s how most people go through their days.

But not you; you must do the opposite.

Rather than droning through life like the masses, you must be intentional. So decide what you want, put it in writing, and resolve to pay the price to make it happen.

2. Develop a Plan

As the old adage so accurately says, “a goal without a plan is just a dream.” To reach your goals, you must develop plans for their achievement. Detailed and accurate planning takes the guesswork out of the process.

With a solid plan in place, every day you know exactly what you’re going to do and why.

As a result, you can put your head down and focus on the goal. If your plans fail, make more plans. And if those plans fail, try again with other plans. Repeat this process until you reach your goal!

3. Use Self-Suggestion

Self-suggestion (also known as autosuggestion) is precisely what it sounds like. Every day, you must remind yourself of what you’re going after; you must ‘suggest’ that your moving toward your goals and that they’re moving toward you.

This process keeps your aims fresh in your mind. And it can be accomplished in numerous ways:

  • Vision Board
  • Affirmations
  • Visualizations
  • Journalling
  • Accountability partner(s)

As people, all of us are forgetful; we need reminding. Self-suggestion is just a means of constantly reminding yourself of what you’re going after, and ensure you’re moving in that direction.

4. Find a Mentor

Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. There are people out there who have already achieved what you’re aiming at in life. Find them. A good mentor can literally shave years off of your learning curve.

How would it feel to save 5 years (or more) of effort and struggle to reach your goals?

This is a no-brainer. A mentor can offer you feedback, guidance, and step-by-step systems to achieve success much faster than you ever could on your own. Your mentor is your compass guiding you in the complex world of goal achievement.

Nothing can replace the value of a mentor.

5. Refuse to Accept Failure

One of the biggest roadblocks to most people’s success is a lack of persistence. People simply lack grit. They hit a few obstacles, challenges, or unexpected difficulties, and they’re ready to throw up the white flag.

Here’s a harsh truth…

If you’re going to chase your ambitions, temporary defeat is part of the process. You’re signing up for hardship when you decide to reach your goals. This means two things:

  1. You can’t take failure personally
  2. You can’t accept failure as your final lot

The most successful people—in any endeavour—reached success because of their refusal to compromise with failure.

Are You ready to Reach Your Goals?

Your goals aren’t going to achieve themselves; you must be proactive and deliberate. And you can exercise this intentionality by following the tips laid out in this article. However, I understand that sometimes assistance is needed. That’s why I’ve created my ebook The Disciplined Mind.

In it, you’ll learn how to align your actions with your aims, so you can reach your grandest goals and dreams. Grab your copy today.

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