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3 ways to set goals that you will actually achieve

06 February 2017

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Do you have a pile of uncompleted goals hanging over you?

It’s a common issue for most people. Many of us set ourselves targets and goals. We start out with good intentions. And then they get abandoned by the wayside. The goals are forgotten. We fail to achieve what we set out to.

When this happens we often decide not to set any more goals. But this creates a big problem.

Goal setting is vital if you want to move forward

People who set and carry out goals are in control of what they are doing. They have a plan that they keep to. As a result, they end up achieving what they set out to do.

People who fail to set goals, or who do not keep to their goals, will struggle to achieve what they want to. They do not have a system that helps them stay in control and move forward.

So what’s the best way to set goals that are actually achieved? Here are three strategies to make sure that you have the best possible likelihood of accomplishing what you set out to do.  The first is very simple.

Write down your goals

Depending on whom you read, research shows that people are between 42% and 80% more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down. So make sure you put your goals in writing. Even better, print out your goals and place them somewhere where you will see them regularly. If you are visual, you could also include a picture of what success looks like.

However, you also need to make sure you have planned a journey towards the end result.

Set measurable mini-steps

One big goal can seem like an impossible task. So chunk your goal down into little steps. Think about what actions you need to take in order to achieve your goal. Wherever possible, you should quantify these so that you know that you are not just taking action but that you are taking enough action.

The next step is to make sure that you actually carry out these mini-steps. That’s where the next strategy comes in.

Find an accountability partner

An accountability partner is someone you report to. It doesn’t have to be a manager: they can be a colleague or a friend. But they are tasked with making sure that you tell them what you are doing about your goal. They are also tasked with chasing you up if they don’t hear from you. They make sure that you keep on track.

Here’s how to use these three strategies when progressing your career

Let’s say you want to work towards a promotion. The first step is to write down the job you want and put it somewhere to make sure you keep this goal in mind.

Next, map out everything you need to do to achieve the goal. For instance you may need to:

  • gain a new qualification
  • show a certain level of experience in your current job
  • research possible vacancies
  • make sure your cv gets to the right people

For each of these sub-goals, set out very precise actions and timescales.

Once you have done this, find a friend and give them your list. Make sure they understand that you want them to chase you and make sure you are carrying out your actions.

You’ll find that you achieve your goal sooner than you thought

This won’t be a case of having an uncompleted goal hanging over you. It will be a case of achieving what you set out to do.

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About the Author

This Blog was created by Matthew Parker who is a  Champion of Print at Profitable Print Relationships - we are grateful to Matthew for providing this insight to visitors to our web site.









Good article overall. Goal setting is something that I have made throughout my working life. To date, it has been successful. It is also important to remember that changes in top management may / can force you to make changes to your goals. I have experience of this in the Middle East, these management changes were dramatic and required to review my set goals and adjust accordingly.
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 03:36 by Alan Edwards
Good article. Eye opener to many. But still its hard to come out of those tough habits - keeping it on a later date. The article really helps to break those barriers..but one needs need to really push yourselves to practice it religiously.
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017 18:18 by Dojo
Thank you for this article, it's great.
For me if you want to make a career changes you have to be positive and smart , in fact you need to Align Your Goals With Your Values and Identify what works for you.
Then you can move forward by beginning from where you are.
Best Regards.
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017 07:25 by Chaker
Great Article..
Its very Motivational .
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017 04:28 by Vimal Edakkat
That is a very good read, actually. It shall help individuals to structure their goals and, not forgetting them.
As a reminder, do not establish too many, just start with one, and, finish it properly. You will see small but steady successes in your professional life which shall motivate you.
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 16:33 by Mike
Thanks a lot for your article which I find very useful to look again inside myself, my potential, my strengths and review my GOOOOALS!!!! :-)
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 14:05 by Lorella Fantigrossi
Goal setting theory is a part of management studies.

In fact, an accountability partner is vital for setting a benchmark for your planning.

Good read.
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 09:25 by Naveed
It an effective and motivational article addressing common issue in our professional and personal lives. This article enables us to think who we are and where we have to go.
Thank you Mathew and Marcus. Please keep sharing such blogs and tips.
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 07:59 by Tajammal
Very good article, thumbs up.
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 22:55 by Magdy
Excellent article. Career planning in progression with first easily achievable goals is an elixir to staying focused to celebrate milestones leading to the top of the ladder. It may not be easy to find a reliable pusher that mentors you every step of the way. Thanks to Marcus and his team. This feat is also achievable.
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 21:13 by Ike Okorafor
Thank you for this great article. it is motivational one. Please keep publish article like this every certain period of time. Thank you for the Author "Matthew Parker"
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 18:13 by Islam Mahmoud
For me it's All about the vision one has to set the objective of doing multiple tasks to accomplish a big goal which should be the ultimate vision of life. Everyone has its own priorities and circumstances but it's a determination of their vision makes them stronger to fight any obstacles. For me, the best ways of achieving your goals is Have a strategic vision,Strategic time management, determination, acquiring skills which makes you closer to your vision.
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 07:16 by Rehan Anwar
It is really informative orticle, helped me to review myself . It is self motivating . I will enhance my activities to achieve my goals

Thank You
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 07:03 by Zafar Ali Khan

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