How To Set Goals That You Actually Achieve

It's the start of another year and the start of a new decade.  You may have had some downtime over the festive season and come back refreshed.

Chances are you will be thinking about all of the things that you are going to achieve this year.

Of course there is a huge difference between what you intend to achieve and what you actually achieve.

So how can you set goals that you actually achieve?

Determine your real priorities

We all have the same limiting factor.  Time.  We can't buy an upgrade.  We all have the same allowance every day, whoever we are.

What that means is that you have to make choices.  Making choices is so much easier if you really understand your real priorities.

There are no hard and fast rules.  The choices you make are personal to you. 

It's also worth remembering that you will have different priorities at different stages in life.

Decide what sacrifices you will make

It's easy to focus on what you want.  Remember that every time you say yes to one thing there will be things that you will be saying no to.

I can recall when i was climbing the career ladder.  Like many in accounting I worked long hours and sometimes got home in time to eat and go to bed.

Yes I was moving forward in my career.  At the same time I was sacrificing things like going to the gym that were important to me.

Don't set unrealistic expectations

This is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

Unless you make a radical change, there still will be a lot of routine things in life that you have to deal with.

As a result, there will be a cap on the amount of time available to achieve specific goals.

So rather than trying to do a lot of things and get frustrated, focus on a few key priorities.

“While you want to achieve many things, the real way to get started and stay on track is to focus on what you really want to achieve”