10 Ways to Help You Make and Achieve Your Goals

The Process is Never Easy, But it is Possible!

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Everything we accomplish in life takes steps. To help us achieve our desires, we need to set goals. Here is a list of 10 steps that will help you create and achieve your goals.

1. Pick ONE Goal

This is important! You can only achieve your goals if you focus on them one at a time. Once your goal has been accomplished, or made into a stable habit, you can start on the next goal.

2. Start Small and Easy

The best way to succeed with your first goal is to pick something you are already doing once in awhile, but want to do daily.

This will build your self confidence as you achieve the goal and help prepare you to work on future goals.

3. Simplify

Choose a small, specific goal or break up larger goals into small pieces that can be done on a daily basis. Big successes start with little ones.

4. Write It Down

Write your goal in large letters and place it where you will see it several times a day. Putting your goal to paper makes it official.

5. Keep Track Every Day

This step is very important! If you do not keep track of your daily progress, you will not progress. Everything we accomplish takes daily steps which turns the goal into a habit. See page two for a list of Goal Tracking Tools and Ideas to help you record your daily progress.

6. You Have To Want It

If you do not really want to do it, you will not succeed. Pick goals you want to achieve, or change your attitude so you REALLY do want it.

7. Schedule Time

Here are three ideas to help you make time for your goal:

  • Prioritize: Make time by not doing things that are of less, or no, value. This includes television and computer games.
  • Say No: Learn to gracefully say no to those who ask for your time, when you already have too much to do. Saying no can be done in a kind way; just be clear that you cannot do what is being asked of you.
  • Make the Time: You have to make the time or you will not make the goal. Pick a time when you will work on your goal, such as early in the morning, late at night, during lunch, when children are napping or when you are waiting in line for something. If you just do not have the time, then wake up earlier.

8. Be Firm Yet Flexible

To achieve your goal you have to be firm with yourself. You have to do the required work to accomplish your goal. You also have to be a bit flexible.

Make a backup plan for days when achieving your goal might be difficult. i.e. If your goal is to study the scriptures daily and you know on Friday you will be running errands the entire day take your scriptures with you. Study them during the moments you are waiting for something to happen, such as standing in line. Be firm with yourself that this is ONLY for rare occasions.

Also, if your goal is something that you want to do six days a week, but not on Sundays, you can pick a similar activity to replace your goal. 

9. Be Positive

Doubting thoughts and words will crush your goal. Think and say positive things. For example: If your goal is to eat healthier you could say, "I am grateful I only eat healthy foods" or if you want to be more patient say, "I am thankful I am patient." Repeat the phrase 200 times a day (that is 10+ times an hour) for at least four weeks.

10. Pray About It

Choosing righteous goals is just what the Lord wants us to do, so ask for his help. As you pray daily and work towards your goal you will see daily success.

I guarantee that you WILL achieve your goals if you honestly follow these steps and daily keep track of your goals with the help of the goal tracking tools listed on page two.

Updated by Krista Cook.

Here is a list of tools and ideas to help you keep track of your goal's daily progress. Pick one or more of the following to help you chart your success.

Goal Tracking Ideas

  • Make Charts: Making charts can help you mark off your daily progress for 21 days, turning your goal into a good habit. Keep track of your progress even after the initial 21 days.
  • Calendar Tracking: Use a calendar. You can either post it somewhere or carry it around with you. Mark your goal's progress every day. You can write notes of what you have done, or just place a big X in the square.
  • Journal Entries: Writing an entry in your daily journal regarding your progress is a great way to help you succeed. Write about how you feel with your goal and it's progress too. Make sure if you pick this one that you do it every day to help you keep on track, so you will achieve your goal. Sending yourself daily digital reminders counts too!
  • Report to a Friend/Relative: Keep track of your progress everyday by reporting to someone you can confidently confide in. Ask them ahead of time to make sure they are willing and happy to have you contact them daily. You can send them an email, call them, talk to them if they live close by. Or you can write down your progress daily (with one of the other options) then report weekly to your friend.

Goal Tracking Tools

    You will succeed if you honestly keep track of your goal every day and follow the steps for Making and Achieving Goals which are listed on page one.