By Sabrina Risley

Do you count yourself among those who have set goals yet taken no action or first steps toward achieving them?  Do you set goals but fall short of reaching them?  Or perhaps you avoid even setting goals for fear of not being able to check them off the list?   If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  In fact, you are among a greater group of those who are in that boat with you.  Everyone has goals they have wanted to achieve, but just have not for one reason or another. The question is then, how do we ensure we actually achieve our goals instead of just setting them?

What’s getting in the way? You could be blocked from achieving your goals for a number of reasons.  Perhaps you have a limiting belief that you are buying into, such as you do not deserve to achieve your goal, or you do not deserve to have what your goal results in (ie higher income) or your believe it is too hard to achieve so why even try.  It could even come down to the fact that you simply have too many goals for yourself and you have run out of time to dedicate to each of them. To achieve your goals, you will want to make an honest assessment of what has gotten in your way in the past and decide what you can do to overcome these obstacles. Take a look at this now and you will increase the likelihood of completing the goals you set this year.

Take baby steps. Some goals are not achieved because they are too big and it is hard to even see first step. The more you can break down a goal into bite-size mini-goals and action items, the easier it will be to track and accomplish each step along the way toward achieving your goal. For example, if your goal is to “write a book,” breaking this goal into bite-size first action step such as “write chapter on networking at the gym” or “determine main message for the book.”  Big goals and dreams are great, but they are hard to achieve if you do not break them down into the mini-goals or action steps needed to meet them.

Celebrate milestones. So, you have a lot of goals. Perhaps you will not accomplish all of them, but what if you completed 75% of one goal, 60% of another, and 80% of a third goal?  Well then, that is something to celebrate.  Many downplay their accomplishments and what they have created and how far they have come. When you take time to honor and acknowledge your progress, you will find the energy and motivation to take you through to the finish line.

Revise, revise, revise. Goals are alive, change and ebb and flow depending on the current of your life. Perhaps you have a goal to gain 30 new clients by June, but in March you realize it will take you until November.  Goals should be fluid so don’t be afraid to make changes to your goals when you understand the amount of time, energy, and effort it will take to complete them. It is better to change your goals than to give up on them so considering revisiting your goals often and make changes as needed.

If you traditionally miss goals or get discouraged with goal setting, perhaps some of the above points will assist in making a difference for you this year. At the very least, remember to break your goals down and celebrate successes along the way, which is simply a great place to start. Just do not allow another year to pass by where you are in the same place at the end of the year as you were at the beginning. Let this year be the year you make the MOST progress toward reaching your goals!

See also our related article: January 2012 – Goal Getting Made Easy

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Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley is a master connector. She’s been hosting live networking events since 2004 and has welcomed 20,000+ professionals to those events. She shares her observations, insights and tips of how the top 2% of effective and magnetic networkers build their businesses. She also shares what NOT to do when networking. Get her complimentary e-book: Strategic Networking for Success.
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