How to Set Attainable Goals + How to Reach Them

January 10, 2024

Don’t let setting goals be just another thing you do because you feel like you should. Truly understanding yourself, your motivations, and your desired life will be the foundation of setting goals you really want and really can achieve.

Practical Goal Setting Tips

I will do a deep dive on each of these tips, but I want to go ahead and list them out so you know what to expect!

Setting Clear and Specific Goals

Goals need to be measurable, so being vague like I want to make more money this year is going to make it harder to create an actionable plan to implement. As I mentioned in the correlating podcast episode, if you take your goal of waking up earlier and turn it into waking up at 4:30, that’s pretty clear and specific. However, we can take that even further.

If you usually wake up at 8, but will now be waking up at 4:30, you have three and a half hours you normally wouldn’t have. How are you going to utilize that time? Are you going to get housework or cooking done before everyone wakes up? Do you have a hobby you want to dedicate that time to? Maybe you want to do yoga and read a book? Figure out what you will do that time so you can better gauge if it is truly something you need/want to do.

Identify Potential Obstacles

The hard truth is that obstacles and road bumps are inevitable. The sooner we understand what we could be dealing with, the sooner we can prepare to take those challenges as they come and make it to the other side, victoriously!

From personal experience, I can wholeheartedly say that the biggest challenges most of us face are 100% self-imposed. Geez, what could she mean by that? I mean that the biggest pitfall is the mental blocks that we set up without even realizing it. Self-reflection is the most important first step when it comes to goal-setting so that we can truly identify obstacles, as well as understand your why and address your fear of failure which we dive into below.

Create Realistic and Achievable Goals

How am I supposed to know what is realistic and achievable? Well, my friends, this is where that pesky self-reflection comes into play. The parameters to consider what’s achievable and realistic are as follows; your available resources, time constraints, and personal habits/capabilities. Taking your current schedule, habits, and capabilities into account when creating your goals is going to increase the likelihood of you achieving them. The second aspect of this is having a clear action plan which we will talk about shortly.

What’s Your Why?

The foundation of motivation is your why. The stronger your why, the stronger your chances of success. This is why it is so important to truly dig deep and understand your reasoning for setting whatever goals you decide to set. If you’re not being honest about your why, then it’s not going to help you out of the mud when the going gets tough.

The Fear of Failure

As humans, we are so scared of failing. And for what reason? It’s as if we believe every failure is going to knock 10 years off our lives. So silly when you look at it that way, right? How many times have you stopped yourself from trying something new because of fear? How many ideas have you had that never saw the light of day because you let the fear of failure stop you from trying? I know I’ve let this hinder me, a lot.

We have to fail to learn. It’s just how the cookie crumbles. Accept that failure happens, and embrace it!

How to Create and Implement an Action Plan

You should be able to break your goals down into smaller pieces that are then measurable. When we break down a goal, we’re able to understand what we need to do to reach it. Think of your action plan as the road of your journey. Each stop is an action for you to take and complete so you can continue to build motivation and see your progress.

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    Utilizing a Support System

    Having a support system can be the difference between giving up or reaching your goals! If you have goals that go beyond family or friends’ support, join an online community. As mentioned in the podcast, my passion project goal is to write a novel. While I have friends and family who fully support my ideas, none of them know a lick about writing. So to feel less alone and always have a source of inspiration, I found a great community of writers on YouTube and Instagram. There is something for everyone out there so if you think it, it probably exists. Just have to find it.

    Reflect on Past Failures

    This one might be slightly uncomfy but it is super important nonetheless. Reflecting on our past mistakes or failures allows us to find potential patterns or limitations. If we can figure those out ahead of time, we can better prepare to weather the storm when it comes. There may be some subconscious thoughts holding you back and you don’t even know, so take the time to figure it out. Your future self will thank you.

    I hope this has been insightful, and I’d love to know what you’re favorite part of this was, or if you have any questions!

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    Hi, I'm Gabby! I'm passionate about sharing the art of homemaking, where every season brings new opportunities to curate a cozy home that embraces the essence of each season, making every moment special.