SET­TING GOALS. AND REACH­ING THEM.

Activated - - NEWS - By Ira Sharma Ira Sharma is a so­cial en­tre­pre­neur and free­lancer based in Western In­dia.

Some peo­ple have been so dis­cour­aged when they’ve failed to meet their goals that they’ve given up on

hav­ing any at all, so that they aren’t dis­ap­pointed by the “in­evitable” fail­ure. There’s a lot of ad­vice avail­able to­day on this topic, and there isn’t ac­tu­ally any­thing too tough or mys­te­ri­ous about set­ting and reach­ing your goals.

Here are five easy steps to fol­low for suc­cess.

Step 1:

What are you aim­ing for? Write down your goals for the year. Keep the list to a few top pri­or­i­ties: Too many can di­lute fo­cus and scat­ter your en­ergy.

Step 2:

Take steps—even large, seem­ingly crazy ones—to­ward reach­ing your goals. The im­por­tant thing is to kick-start the process. The fine-tun­ing can come later! Try to fo­cus on ac­tions that will ad­vance more than one of your goals at once. For ex­am­ple, tak­ing your kids to the pool or rid­ing a bike with your spouse would pro­mote stay­ing fit as well as spend­ing time with your fam­ily.

Step 3:

Keep at it. You’ll prob­a­bly fail pe­ri­od­i­cally, but don’t give up: Pick up the pieces and start again! In fact, if you never fail, your goals are prob­a­bly too easy and need to be re­vised.

Step 4:

Have fun! En­joy the chal­lenge! Fight­ing your fears and weak­nesses in or­der to achieve your goals can be dif­fi­cult, but it’s also tremen­dously re­ward­ing. Much of the ap­peal of run­ning a marathon is the chal­lenge. Make reach­ing your goals the “ex­treme sport” of your life.

Step 5:

Re­view the progress to­ward your goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly ba­sis. If you’re se­ri­ous about it, you’ll put ef­fort into it. If nec­es­sary, be open to tweak­ing your goals or the ac­tion you’re tak­ing to reach them, but be care­ful to not wa­ter down your orig­i­nal goal!

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