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How To Set Achievable Goals

A lot of women like to set yearly or smaller goals for themselves, whether it’s learning a new skill, saving a certain amount of money, reaching a life milestone, or meeting a professional goal. Setting those goals can be tough. It’s important to set goals that are realistic and achievable, so you can meet them without being put off. Here’s how to do that.

 

Write Goals Down And Review Them

Goals that don’t get written down are much more likely to fail. Write your goals down, and keep your list in a place where you will see them often, such as on the fridge or on your mirror. This way, you can review your progress and recommit to your goals on a regular basis, whether you want to learn CFD trading, get promoted, or save a house deposit. 

  • Tape your goals to your bathroom or bedroom mirror, so you see them first and last thing every day
  • If your goals need accountability, stick them to the fridge so everyone else can see them too. 
  • Take a photo of your goals and use this as your computer screensaver or smartphone wallpaper. 

Create Goals For Different Parts Of Your Life

You might be most interested in getting your personal finances under control, but do you have goals in other areas of your life too? If you set one or two goals in each area, you’re likely to see a ripple effect in every area. 

You could set:

  • Relationship goals
  • Work goals
  • Spiritual goals
  • Health and fitness goals
  • Finance goals

 

Set Goals That Are Realistic And Attainable

It might sound great to decide to lose fifty pounds, pay off all your debt, and get a new job with double your current salary, but you want to make sure that any goals you set are actually ones that you can achieve within the next few months. Instead of setting a huge goal that will take a lot of steps, work on breaking these larger targets down into smaller goals that can be achieved in a reasonable timeframe. 

For example:

  • I will pay $25 a month to my smallest debt
  • I will read one book a month that will develop my professional skills
  • I will revise my resume and start looking for available jobs
  • I will sign up for a French conversation course and go consistently for six months

 

Set Measurable Goals

In order to stick to these goals, you need to be able to see that you are on the right track. The best way to do this is to set goals that can be measured, even after a short amount of time. 

  • Instead of “I’ll make more time for my family”, choose “We’ll sit at the table for a family dinner five evenings a week.”
  • Instead of “I’ll stay in touch with friends,” opt for, “I’ll invite a friend for coffee every other Thursday.”
  • Instead of “I’ll keep my house cleaner,” choose “I’ll straighten the house for fifteen minutes after dinner every day.”

 

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