5 Tips on Accomplishing Goals

We all want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be but greatness doesn’t happen over night. Setting a goal is one of the best ways to improve in anything.

In college I set many goals, some were successful and others were not but during the process I’ve learned what makes a good goal. Achieving a goal doesn’t have to be difficult, you just have to know how to build and set a constructive goal. What follows are the methods that I use when setting out to make and achieve my goals.

Be clear in what you want to achieve

Often we set a goal without thinking about the specifics. “I want to become a faster runner,” we say without thinking about what we want the ending distance or time to be. Thinking like this will not give you a clear path on how to get to the end, it will make the end result seem hazy and makes it hard to see where you are in completing your goal.

What you can do is make your goal very specific. For example, instead of saying “I want to become a faster runner,” say, “I want to run a 5K in 25 minutes.” Making your goal specific will give you a clear reference point.

Set deadlines

It’s important to have an end date for your goal. Setting a date will give you an idea of how long you have to complete the goal. It will also provide a reference point, just like being specific in what you want to achieve does.

Try setting up multiple deadlines within your goal. I used to do this when I was swimming, I would set a goal that I wanted to achieve by a certain date, swim 500 yards in 7 minutes by April 15th, for example. I would then break my goal down from where I began and set smaller deadlines, 500 yards in 9 minutes by March 15 and then 500 yards in 8 minutes by March 30. This helped me improve by allowing me to focus on small change throughout achieving my goal.

Be realistic but challenge yourself

This doesn’t mean to make the goal so easy that you don’t have to work for it. Challenge yourself by setting out to accomplish something that you have never done before, but don’t make it impossible to complete within your time window. It is important to know your limits and push them in a way that is not going to hurt you or burn you out. Setting a goal that you can’t achieve by your deadline will only cause you to become frustrated when you do improve, but not to the level that you set.

If you set out to run the 5K in 18 minutes without ever having run before, you will likely not make the 18 minutes. However, if you make your goal 25 minutes, you’ll still have to push yourself, but will more likely achieve the goal and feel better about the accomplishment.

Track Progress

A great way to get a handle on where you are and the progress that you have made is to keep a daily record of your workouts, this can be in the form of run times, or on days when you hit the weight room. Happiness and motivation will come to you when you look at your previous numbers and realize how far you’ve come.

Start

The only way to improve and accomplish great things is by starting. You’ll find that constantly thinking about doing something can be more stressful than actually doing it. Half of the work of achieving a goal is mental. Simply starting will create the positive motivation that you need to succeed.

Goals shouldn’t be seen as impossible tasks. You will be amazed with the how much your life can improve by setting goals that are constructive and challenging. Be sure to follow these guidelines so that you can become more successful in creating goals for every aspect of your life.