How to accomplish a GOAL

1. Start working toward your goals today. Ask yourself, "What can I do today to get one step ahead, however small, closer to achieving my goals?" Write it down and start now. Taking the first step is arguably the most important step. This will make quitting both personally disappointing and strategically harder. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing every day that scares you."

2.When you set goals, think about setting SMART goals. SMART is an acronym and mnemonic that provides a framework for thinking about goals.[1] Educators and coaches like to use this framework because it forces us to sit down and really design our goals intelligently so that they're ultimately easier to accomplish. SMART stands for:

  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).  

3.In keeping with SMART, make sure your goal is specific and definable. A definable goal might be something like "I'd like to lose 20 pounds in three months" or "I'd like to win a Scrabble tournament." Specific, definable goals help you stay on track and let you know they're feasible.

  • An unspecific goal, like "I'd like to become a better human being" is so vague as to be practically useless. You could become a "better human being" by cleaning up the dishes or by solving world peace. See what we mean? Instead of thinking about really general goals, stay specific. After all, if you set yourself a goal ofvolunteering for Thanksgiving, there's a good chance you've become a better human being.

4.Make sure your goal is measurable. How will you know if your goal is accomplished? Will it be accomplished when you have a feeling, which can be unreliable, or will it be accomplished when a threshold is surpassed or a day takes place?

5.Ask yourself, "Is my goal attainable?" Is there an action involved in the goal? This step is less about making sure the goal is theoretically possible and more about making sure the goal is personally practical.

6.Try to set a goal that is relevant or rewarding to you personally. Most people set goals that are inherently relevant to their personal needs and situations. People who are overlooked make goals to stand out. People who are overweight make goals to get trim. But every once in a while, people make goals that they aren't personally committed to, but which they think they should be.

7.Make sure your goal is time-bound. In other words, set yourself a deadline for meeting the goal. If you set yourself a deadline, your urgency increases monumentally. Without a deadline, you're just kind of along for the ride, paddling downstream, maddeningly unaware of where the finish line is.


1.Break down your goal into chunks or pieces. Setting attainable but ambitious goals is a great thing. Lots of people want to lose weight, stop procrastinating, write a book, fall in love, travel the world, and play guitar.[3] But all of these goals are pretty daunting taken alone. To make the accomplishment of the goal much easier, try to break down th

2.Brainstorm ideas. Are there different ways to reach your goal? Write everything down that you can think of in three minutes, no matter how silly or impossible it may seem. For example, you could go to acting school, or maybe you could land a spot in a reality show that would get you started.e goal into more manageable chunks.

3.Visualize. Close your eyes and imagine yourself accomplishing your goals. Where are you? How did you get there? How do you feel? Do this often. Don’t get swayed easily with the noise and happenings going on outside. Put your attention on what you are trying to achieve. Remember the goal, and you will have control over the discomforts and difficulties. A good way to visualize is to practice self-hypnosis.

4.Read inspirational stories or quotes to help you get started. There's nothing quite like a warm kick in the pants from someone who knows what they're talking about. Reading about the struggles and successes of other people can be a huge motivator to get you going or a huge maintainer to keep morale high.

5.Ask for guidance. No one can tell you exactly what you should do to achieve your goal, but one of the best sources for guidelines is to ask those who have done what you hope to achieve.

6.Seek help. Find the information, skills and knowledge that you need from other people, books, and audio or video programs. Speed up your learning process by emulating what other successful people have done. You save time and get results faster.

7.Be positive. Always believe that you will achieve your goal. As soon as you stop believing, you have already failed.


1.Draw on all your past achievements that are relevant to your goal. No matter how small you perceive your achievements, list them anyway. It could be something small, such as joining a healthy eating mailing list, to coming home from work late, yet preparing a tasty nutritious meal for your family in under 30 minutes.

2.Leverage the power of small wins. Bring to mind the small wins you have achieved in your life. Let them give you the feel and the motivation of a conqueror. Let these motivate you to set higher and hitherto unreachable goals, and the courage to achieve them. This will help you win many a battle in your life and ultimately the war.

3.Learn from mistakes. Making mistakes should be a subject at school to teach all children how to learn from them, instead of trying to avoid them. In the pursuit of a goal, you are likely to make some mistakes. Don't see them as bad or get angry. They are important to correct you and to lead you to success.

  • In fact, make as many mistakes as you can, and then try not to make the same mistake twice. Nothing teaches a lesson like a big fat mistake, whether it's acting buffoonish in front of a cute girl, thinking you can run a marathon after a night of inspired drinking, or asking for your job back after the new one fell through. As long as you internalize the lessons of your mistakes, keeping them in your psyche as you trudge along like a soldier to the battlefield, you'll win ultimately

4.Celebrate benchmarks or milestones. A benchmark is something you can use to measure your progress and know you're on track.

5.Listen to your internal dialogue. What you are saying inside affects you physically, emotionally and mentally. Is your defense system inside trying to make you stick to your past, limiting beliefs and perceptions? Take over and challenge your inner critics. Monitor any excuses you might be making as they relate to your goal.

6.Be passionate. Striving toward a goal without passion is like a fire which slowly runs out of fuel to burn. Get excited; you don't always have to be in love what you are doing, especially if fulfilling the goal is a hassle and reaching the goal is the fun part. But you should always be able to pinpoint the underlying passion that drove you to start meeting the goal in the first place.

7.Revisit, evaluate, and if necessary, adjust your goals. Keep a written record of your goals in a place where you'll remember to read them every day. They'll change and adjust over time as your life does, so keep them up-to-date.

8.Make contingency plans. Never forget about the problems that might come up on the way, and prepare for them. Positive thinking is important, but preparedness is better than being shocked or devastated when obstacles appear.

9.Consider new opportunities and options that come your way. Sometimes, things have a way of unintentionally leading you exactly where you want to go.

10.Persevere. Now that you have the momentum going, don't let it stop! Some steps may seem less exciting than others seem, but make sure to stick to your plan until the end! Avoid distractions and stay focused. Imagine how meaningful your goal is going to be when you can safely say you've achieved it!