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How To Make Your Goals Work For You, Period

If you are reading this right now, it simply means that you are having tough times achieving your goals. Perhaps, you set your goals but you fail to accomplish them. Don’t worry because in this article, you will discover how you can make your goals work.

A lot of people set goals, but most of them never really achieve them. They feel excited when they write down their dreams and the things that they want. They feel motivated and the take action, for a few days, and some last for a few weeks.

The thing is that success will never come to you in the short term; success is built over the long-term. Therefore, when most people never see the result that they want after taking action, they lose their motivation and eventually, they quit. Sounds familiar?

One of the main reasons people fail to accomplish their goals is not because they don’t know how to do it, but instead, it is more because they lack the persistence and perseverance, that they stop taking action and not doing anything about their goals.

For example, if you want to lose weight, there are a ton of programs and books out there waiting for you to digest and to learn how to lose weight. You can just set your goal to lose the extra pounds and follow through the teachings from the books.

The same goes for people who want to be rich. They can just attend seminars, workshops and read books regarding investment and how to build wealth. Once you have acquired the knowledge, you just need to apply them in order to get the results you want.

The problem is that most people never follow through what has been taught in the seminars and books. They feel great about it and they tell themselves that “this is it”, they will do whatever it takes to achieve the result that they want.

However, their motivation will not last long and they tend to take lesser and lesser action. They procrastinate and eventually give up on their goals. Don’t let this happen to you. Learn this powerful principle to make your goals work for you now…

Dream Big, Start Small and Act Now

Always remember this, “Dream big, start small and act now”. When you dream big, you feel motivated and you feel the energy flowing in you. And when you feel motivated, you will tend to take action to work on your goals. What happen next is that most people will set big goals and tend to think that they can achieve whatever they want as long as they set it as a goal and fully commit to it.

The problem with this is that if you don’t have the resources with you, it will be difficult for you to achieve the big things you want. For example, after reading a wealth building book that teaches you how to make a million dollar from the stock market, most people will go ahead and set their goal to be a millionaire, usually within a year. Some with more realistic mindset will set it to be within 3 years.

When the time frame for your goal is too short and if you don’t have the necessary resources with you, most likely you will never going to achieve it. Yes, it is absolutely possible to make a million dollar within a year, if you know how to do it and if you have the necessary resources.

For most people, they don’t have the tools and the knowledge, but they still go ahead and set such a big goal in the beginning. And this is what makes them fail to accomplish what they want.

Think about it, if the goal you set is unrealistic for you, then your mind will automatically sabotage it because you don’t believe that you can achieve it in the first place. This is exactly what happens to most people out there. Here is the solution to this…

Start Small and Build Your Success

Yes you have to dream big, and yes you have to start small in the beginning. You want to make it so easy to succeed in the beginning that success seems like effortless to you. Why is this? The reason is so that you can make taking action into a habit. And when taking action is a habit, you will have no problem creating the result you want in the end.

Let me give you a brief example. Just like if you set your goal as to write a book, you don’t have to do it all in a day. I know that you are feeling motivated and you are so determined when you just begin this project. However, you have to understand that success is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is better to commit to write a page a day for 365 days than to write 10 pages in a day and give up on your goal.

Therefore, commit to the minimum action step, which is to make small success effortless to you. Commit to only writing 1 page a day. Or if you feel overwhelm, commit to only write 1 or 2 paragraph a day.

Trust me, when you commit to only writing the minimum, you will never stop once you reached the minimum. Just like if you commit to hit the gym for only 10 minutes a day, you will never stop once the 10 minutes is up. You will want to do more because you have built up the momentum.

When you start small and take action, you will move one step closer toward the things you want. You want to make it so easy that you will take action and it will eventually become a habit. Just like brushing teeth every morning, it has become a habit that you will never miss out doing. The same goes here, commit to the minimum you can do, and when you do it, you will build the momentum and it will become a success habit for you.

The key in creating the success you want is by accomplishing small successes every day. And it is these small successes that will bring you the huge impact in life that you desire. Rome was not built in a day and so does Bill Gates’ Microsoft business empire. Success is all about taking the small little actions over a long period of time, thus, build your success today, start small.

Shawn Lim is a professional blogger and has been in the personal development industry for more than 7 years. He is the founder of and through his blog, he has encouraged thousands of people to achieve their dreams and move to the higher level in life.

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9 Responses to How To Make Your Goals Work For You, Period

  1. ashu says:

    nice article. I am charged!!!! :)

  2. Ejaz Karim says:

    This was a great article. I read a book called ‘Getting Things Done’ by ‘Paul Allen’ it is best book for anyone who wants to accomplish goals. It helps me to accomplish small goals by motivating me to take each smaller action.

  3. Suhasini says:

    nice one

  4. Great one Shawn :) This was head tilting article. It is great that people realize that life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and people (including me) literally go running marathons to figure out that “the little creepy voice” that tells us to stop when we reach the half-way through is nothing but a voice of failure. After we beat that voice and finish those 26 miles, we figure out that life is just a marathon. Great article one more time, great mindset!

  5. pamela says:

    Hi Shaun,
    I like to piggy back on the useful information you provided:
    Attaining your goals is equivalent to giving friends directions to your home. The goal is arriving. You wouldn’t expect your friends attempting the drive without specific, step-by-step instructions. Traveling without a map is pointless; your guests may never arrive.; or become frustrated, turn around and head home. Providing short term reachable goals such as, “When you arrive at the gas station make a left” allows your friend to know this is the correct and them a way of measuring how their progressing. Goals have to broken down into specific short-term measurable steps. Following this plan you can check your progress making sure your heading in the right direction and if not adjusting your course to get back on track.
    Have a banner day!

  6. Bee says:

    There are some interesting neurolinguistinc programming techniques one can use as well to really increase your motivation level in regards to your goals.

  7. rajeev says:

    Hi I must want to know about time management , please suggest me the steps

  8. LesyaLi says:

    What an interesting idea, Nikola! But I think that that little “creepy voice” is not exactly a “voice of failure” (a real failure in life is when we go from one experience to another without LEARNING anything.) – it’s just a fear that tries to keep us safe from any painful experience, any experience at all for that matter… It keeps us safe in our shell until we make a decision to break free. And I also don’t think that “we beat” that voice entirely – we just free to choose the option of not paying the attention to that voice, that’s all… ;-]

  9. Have your run any marathons ? 😀 That “little creepy voice” is the exact voice of failure, because I’m literally talking about running a marathon and comparing that little voice with real life.

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