Agatha Uzorchukwu Nwali
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Hacks that can help you smash your goals.

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Goal-setting is a popular topic of discussion at the start of any new year. With new beginnings comes a renewed sense of purpose & drive. However, despite our good intentions & desire to succeed, many of the goals we set at the start of the year-end up fizzling out. Why is that? Nine times out of ten it’s because there’s no plan or strategy.

Here is some strategy that can help one achieve his/her goals.

Be realistic about your goals.

With a plan & a healthy dose of hard work, almost anything is possible! But you also need to be realistic about what’s achievable, especially when it comes to your time frames. For example, you can’t make a decision that you want to be a doctor in January and expect it to come to fulfilment by December. But you CAN make a decision that you want to be a doctor and be enrolled in Medicine or a bridging course by December – and that’s one step closer to your goal!

You also need to wholeheartedly believe you CAN achieve the things you want. Belief in yourself is the key ingredient to success. When you believe you can, you find a way. When you don’t, all you find are excuses why you can’t.

Visualise what you want

Many leaders and coaches swear by visualisation when it comes to achieving your goals. You need to get clear on what it is you want, and what that looks and feels like to you. You can create a vision board, you can meditate on it, or you could talk through your vision with a trusted friend or family member. Whichever visualisation technique you choose, focus clearly on what achieving that goal feels like and what your life will be like once you get there. Having clarity and picturing yourself as already successful is extremely powerful.

Know your why

The first thing to do when setting your goal is to ask yourself honestly why you want/need to achieve it. This is very personal, and it needs to be for it to matter to you when the going gets tough (which it inevitably will!). For some, it will be the financial reward of achieving a career progression goal. For others, it will be achieving more of a work-life balance or getting healthy so you have more time and energy to spend with your family. Or maybe you want to learn to dance to give you a fun and healthy way of creatively expressing yourself! Whatever it is for you, be honest – then write it down. Look at it whenever you feel unmotivated, as it will thrill you.

Make a plan & write it down

A goal without a plan is just a wish, as the saying goes. To achieve anything in life, you need to take consistent, daily action towards that goal. It is worthwhile spending a couple of hours developing this as it will be invaluable in keeping you on track. Set yourself an ultimate goal or target then devise a daily plan by working backwards from that. Break it up into milestones or smaller goals so you can track your progress. Chop it up even further by breaking those milestones into daily tasks that you need to tick off. Write this all down, put it in your diary, whatever works for you. Just make sure you have a clear, written plan that can help keep you accountable.

Good LuckLuck

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