What are your goals? What do you want to achieve in life? Do you feel like you’re not achieving them yet or maybe even falling short of what you could be doing if only things were different?
If so, then it’s time to set some realistic goals!
Setting unrealistic goals is one of the most common mistakes made by individuals. They don’t think about their own capabilities and they often end up failing at their goals because they’ve set unreasonable ones. When you set unrealistic goals, you’re telling yourself that you can’t do something.
You might think that’s fine, but it doesn’t work out that way.
When you set unrealistic goals, you’re saying “I’m not good enough.” That’s never going to motivate anyone and it won’t make any difference in your life either. On the contrary, when someone sets reasonable goals they become motivated because they know they’ll actually accomplish them.
The first step toward setting realistic goals is to understand what they are. A goal is a specific action or series of actions that you intend to take in order to reach a certain outcome. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight.
You might start by eating less food and exercising regularly. Once those steps are taken, then you’d need to get rid of the extra pounds through dieting and exercise until you reach your desired body size. When you reach that point, then you’ve accomplished your goal of losing weight.
These goals can be anything, but they’re all specific and have a clear beginning, middle, and end. If you set unrealistic goals, then they won’t be attainable in the way you believe they should be. You need to make sure that your goals are specific and that you can visualize yourself achieving them clearly.
Reaching a goal is easy when you know what you want and how to get it.
That’s what setting realistic goals does for you.
It’s important to remember that they’re realistic. You want to make sure your goals are things that you can do, but you should always push yourself just outside your comfort zone to achieve more than what you originally thought you could. That’s how people grow and that’s how people accomplish more in life.
When people don’t set goals, then they don’t grow and they don’t accomplish anything of worth.
If you’re wondering how to set realistic goals, then it’s a simple process. All you have to do is follow these three easy steps:
First, write down what you currently believe to be your short-term and long-term goals in your life. No matter how big or small they may be, just write them all down on a piece of paper.
Second, look at each one of those goals and think about them.
Do you really want to achieve them? Are they something you can see yourself achieving in the near future (short-term) or farther down the road (long-term)?
Third, if you believe you really want to achieve a specific goal, then you need to re-write it as a realistic goal. That means making sure it’s something that’s truly attainable for you.
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