How to Effectively Achieve your Goals (Easy Executable Steps to Start Making Things Happen!)

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the many agendas and to-do lists you create for yourself and you never follow through? It could be that you’re too busy with your daytime job, or you consume too much energy in fulfilling a role… or perhaps you simply spend most of your time doing restful activities and you don’t feel like doing anything else.

If it gives you any comfort, you are not alone in this dilemma. We all face various temptations in our environment and millions of distractions are out there to get us off the track in our day to day lives (especially in this age of technology!). If we regularly succumb to these distractions and the tasks we constantly put off, piles up— it creates a serious toll in our mental stability; we become too overwhelmed by our inability to act on our goals, we obsess about our failures and sometimes, the state put ourselves in creeps toward depression. To even make the matter worse, we oftentimes subconsciously create a stressful environment not only for ourselves but to the people around us.

Goals are essential in our day to day lives. They act as a map or a compass to where we are headed: doesn’t matter if it’s a straight or crooked path—goals are what shape our decisions.

As human beings, our brains are wired to constantly predict the future, to identify the outcomes of our actions, visualize the consequences of our habits and as such, our brain consciously and subconsciously create numerous tasks towards the direction where we put our focus on. An end goal could be directed to relaxation: we look forward to getting home after a long day at work and we plan to binge on a Netflix series, or our end goal could be directed to a productive evening: we take conscious efforts in planning small tasks such as organizing our closets, changing the bed sheets, and so on.

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Most of the time, the issue is when we are only interested in pursuing restful activities wherein we justify our downtime by treating it as a reward for working hard on your 9-5 job. That line of thinking is acceptable only to a certain extent, i.e.: if your daytime job is the only source of income you want to sustain before you retire, then just accomplishing smaller goals will be a lot easier to balance with these long hours of pure relaxation.

But if you are very ambitious and you want more to life than sitting in an office, fulfilling your 9-5 job, then you should be doing great deal of work by now and you’re better off doing planning and executing, than a couch potato 🙂

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If you are either of the two types listed above or perhaps stuck in between—in a phase of figuring out what you want out of life and experimenting on how you can improve yourself, you are at the right place!

Without further ado, we’ll jump right in and I will tell you how easy it is to start managing your life!

1. Visualize and Identify Your Purpose

The backbone of creating impactful goal will strongly depend on your vision and in identifying your purpose. It is necessary you have a clear response to the following questions:

  • What do I need to accomplish tomorrow, in a week, the following months?
  • Where do I want to see myself in three years?
  • What do I want to become as a person? Be more patient? Be more understanding?
  • What profession will I see myself doing before I retire?
  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • How can I make a difference and become an inspiration to others?

The list can go on and on, and trust me, you will never run out of things that you can do to improve yourself holistically.

Your answers to the above-mentioned questions needs to be broken down into smaller chunks so it’s easier for you to create a concrete action plan. If you solely work on big, vague ideas, it’s easy to get lost in them; so break them down into small executable steps. And be realistic of your plan of action.

Choose goals that inspire you and synchronize them with your values. Make sure that you are not letting other people set goals for you. Every individual is free-flowing and our creativity is endless, so do not blindly follow someone you idolize in an attempt to ‘be like them’. Remember that you are special and unique, there’s a million ways that you can think of to re-invent yourself, to find your purpose and discover your true calling.

2. Create Systems, Build Strong Habits

After knowing your purpose and upon having a clear vision of what you want to achieve, it is important that you incorporate small steps in your daily habits in making them happen.

Success is actually a short race— a sprint fueled by discipline, just long enough for a habit to kick in and take over

—Gary Keller

You can start with adding three things to your daily agenda that caters to your short/long term goals. For instance, if you want to explore Creative Writing, you can list three small tasks such as: 1) Write a page day, 2) Read a chapter of a novel from your favorite author, and 3) Read at least two articles about Creative Writing. If you are intentional and consistent about your actions, before you know it, the page each day will turn to an entire book that you can publish at the end of the year!

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Depending on what as aspect you want to work on, it is easy to create a list of three things you can do to pursue your craft and achieve your goals. And it’s important that you follow through and be consistent in completing each task every single day. This is you showing up for yourself everyday, without a fail.

Reduce your big ideas into a bite size to-do lists and experiment in creating an effective system to achieve them. Incorporate these lists in your calendar. Be mindful about the trajectory of fulfilling them by looking at the timelines that you set for yourself and evaluate if they’re realistic.

3. Do not Fully Attach Your Happiness with each Goal

If you create excessive pressure surrounding your plan of action, you will easily get burnt out and/or the chances of procrastination is very high. Plan your attack in complete moderation and not treat it as though your entire life depended on it, making it a make or break situation!

For instance, if you create a goal of achieving a certain body weight in a span of only one week, you will apply extreme steps such as starving yourself, going on hours-long on the treadmill, etc.— and the result is, you will quit midway or even if you did achieve the goal, you are most likely to go back in your bad habits, and have a worse diet than before (this usually happens when you deprive your body with the nutrients it needs)

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It is very important that you always go for “sustainability“. While it helps to have a desired body weight in your head, you have to ensure that you can see yourself doing the activities related to it, in the following years, and even better, throughout your lifetime!

The same idea also applies if you are trying to switch careers, if you put so much strain around jumping to a different field, you are more likely to make drastic decisions that may lead to extreme frustration or even if you did hit your goal in landing to your dream job, you may see yourself slowly creeping back to your old ways and pessimistic state of mind. So be calculative of your steps and be kind to yourself throughout the process.

Remember the importance of being realistic about your goals, and learn different strategies to achieve them.

4. Be Clear about Your Goals

Do I need to stress the importance of clarity in creating your goals? This will determine how focused you are inn getting things done.

How will I execute my goal in smaller steps? How long will it take to finish this goal? How will I benefit from completing these tasks? If you can easily answer these questions, then it means your goal is clear and well-defined! You are definitely off to a great start!

I strongly suggest that you create a vision board with graphics or visuals on how you intend to achieve your goals and narrow them down with a list of easy steps to satisfy them. Be specific about the steps that you plan to undertake.

As an alternative, you can also strategize by writing your ideas in your journal.

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If what you have are nothing but vague ideas, it’s easy to lose focus and you’ll never follow through. From a broad idea, narrow it down into a clear, well-defined, specific goals that are attainable and you can consistently work on day to day.

5. Make your Former Self as your Competition

Comparing yourself to other people’s performance can be a trap! If your intentions are mostly driven by being better than the person you look up to, you will be chasing your own tail and you will most likely become miserable. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses and know that some people can/will do better than us in certain areas but that doesn’t mean that they’re overall better individuals! There are also ton of things we are more capable of doing than those people we idolize.

Instead of focusing on what other people can and cannot do, focus on yourself. Treat your former self as the competitor and thrive to become better each day.

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The main motivation should be to consistently work on yourself in order to become a better version of you; smarter, stronger, more resilient, more financially successful, etc. than you were last year.

Do not be dissuaded by how faster progress other people are making. Instead, put the focus on yourself and do not let other people’s performance negatively shape your goals.

6. Consistency

There will be days that you don’t feel like getting up or not in the mood to do anything, and this will test you to the core.

It is extremely important that during these times, you allow yourself to be tired and have a break for an hour or two—maybe three, but do not cease in completing your daily tasks. It is crucial to be consistent and to stick to your routine. One bad day can easily lead to a non-productive week.

You have to remind yourself that no one else will turn your dreams into reality but yourself. The action has to start in you and you need to consistently work achieving your goals.

A schedule in your calendar will help you become consistent. Be intentional when you plan your goals and be strict about them by blocking off a time in your daily schedule to consistently work on them.

You can remain consistent by focusing on incremental improvement rather than being frustrated about little challenges you encounter as you fulfill each task.

Parting words

You have to have a burning desire to execute your goals but at the same time you have to be realistic with your plan of execution. Do not put so much stress and overthinking about your strategy. Instead, you have to think straight, identify your motivations and know your purpose. From there, you will be able to create a well-defined goals that will be very easy to stick to and execute!

Make sure that as you create your goals you also name the fears you may potentially encounter and plan how you will overcome them,

Life is an on-going process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day

—Abraham Maslow

Create a healthy positive mindset and remind yourself that you can do it! You have to feel accomplished each time you perform a task and reward yourself with a small break.

If you follow these steps, in no time, you will achieve success and there’s no stopping you from turning all your dreams into reality. You will definitely be in a path to greatness!

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