How_to_Reach_Your_Personal_GoalsIt is hard to deal with achieving what you want to in life – if it were easy, then we would all be rich, thin, and superstars. And while wishing worked for Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees – he decided  at a young age that his goal was to be shortstop of the Yankees, a goal he not only achieved, but excelled at – that doesn’t mean that just having a dream will help you achieve it.

But you may potentially be able to achieve more than you have ever dreamed of, even if the chances of you being shortstop for the New York Yankees are probably pretty slim. Here are some tips on how to achieve your personal goals and to live, as Jeter once put it, the life you imagine:

Think of tangible goals you would like to achieve

Don’t just say “I want to be happy” or “I want to be healthy.” Think of ways that you can be happy or healthy, and set goals for them. For example, if you want to be happy, think of what things you can do to make you feel happy. Do you like to read, spend time with friends, get massages, and travel? Well, doing more of what you like and enjoy in life can help you feel happier.

As for something like setting a goal involving being healthy, think about what you would like to achieve: is it weight loss, increased fitness, better results on your blood tests, being able to run for the bus without getting out of breath, or a combination of the above?

Get SMART about your goals

When setting the goals, you can get SMART about them. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. So what that means is that if you want to, say, get out of debt, you can set a goal that is:

  • Specific: You want to pay off $20,000 in credit cards
  • Measurable: You will do so by paying roughly $600 a month on the debt over the next three years
  • Attainable: You make enough money to pay off the bills, and $600 a month will not hurt your budget
  • Relevant:  Paying off the debt is something relevant to your life – you are doing it for yourself, and nobody else.
  • Timely: You have set a timeframe for this goal.

Write your goals down

There is real power in writing down your goals, and reviewing them regularly to stay on track. You can make your goals as a contract to yourself, and be accountable to yourself. It’s your life, after all.

Hire a life coach

There is real power in hiring a life coach to keep you accountable to your goals, and give you advice on whether they are realistic. Click here to learn more about how to hire a life coach.