All of us have set important goals for ourselves only to fail to achieve them. It is part of the human experience. However, if you are consistently setting goals and not achieving them, it is easy to become discouraged, or even hopeless. But there are a few steps you can take to ensure that the goals you set will be realized. Read below to learn more.
This is a significant problem for many of us: We think of a goal that sounds like a good thing, so we decide that it will become our newest target. However, if we aren’t passionate about the goals we set, it is inevitable that we will be tired of the effort before we reach the end. If on the other hand, you only set goals you are passionate about, you will have the willpower to see them through.
But all the passion in the world isn’t going to help you if you aren’t setting realistic goals. Before you get something in your mind, ask yourself if it is truly possible to achieve, either shortly or in the long run. If you believe it is a realistic goal, you can move on to the next step.
Aimlessly chasing goals isn’t going to work. Instead, you need an action plan, one that breaks the bigger goal down into smaller goals and sets a timeline for achieving them. This action plan makes the entire process more approachable for you and reduces the risk of you becoming overwhelmed and discouraged.
Another way to stop yourself from feeling discouraged is to celebrate each milestone as you meet it. You can even define these milestones in your action plan. Being able to see yourself make progress is one of the biggest motivators out there.
Finally, you need to hold yourself accountable for your actions. This means not letting yourself get off track and being cognizant of when you start to feel discouraged so you can do something about it. In essence, monitor yourself and make sure you are taking all the actions you need to take