1-Set your goals high enough to make you work hard for them, but low enough so that they are reachable. Too often we set these crazy goals and we are unable to achieve them because we get discouraged or we realize that we have a busy life. This is what I like to do. I usually have a big goal that I want to achieve. I write it down on a sticky note or an index card and put it where I can see it every day. I set monthly, weekly, and even daily goals on how I can reach that overall goal. This helps me see the progress that I am making while keeping the main goal in mind, without getting discouraged.
2- Don't set a deadline on your overall goal. Sometimes deadlines can cause discouragement and stress. This can cause you to take things to the extreme. Some react to this by overeating and some can react by undereating. This can take a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional health. However, sometimes deadlines motivate you. So you can set a realative deadline on your small goals and eventually you will achieve your overall goal.
3-Write your goals down. It is proven that writing down your goals will help you accomplish them. Put them somewhere where you will see them daily and when you see them you can make a mental note of how you are doing. Even share with a friend, spouse, or child so they can help you achieve your goals, too.
4- Don't be afraid. Don't let the fear of failing keep you from reaching your goal. If you mess up, brush it off and start over. Turn that failure into determination... determination to succeed! This movie clip is amazing! Watch it if you want, it does have a boxing scene from the movie snatch, so if you don't like to watch that stuff, just download it and listen to it.
Challenge: Make goals that you want to accomplish this year or over the next few years. Post them up and get to work! Good luck! Let me know how it goes!