Whenever you want to achieve something,

keep your eyes open,

concentrate and make sure you know

exactly what it is you want.

No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.

Paulo Coelho

Countless times people tell us how to set and achieve goals. It often entails making lists, making sure that they are SMART, and that we are focused. But, a great deal of goal-setting, and more importantly, goal-achieving are things that lie within us. They are things that we need to work on internally. Like what?

1. Stop being an approval-seeker

You do not need anyone else’s permission to fulfill your dream. Trust yourself and give yourself permission to succeed. Having support from other people whose opinions you value is a great thing, but it should not be the single most important criterion for whether you begin acting on fulfilling your goals or not

If you really want to turn your idea into reality, constantly floating it around and seeking the approval of people will waste precious time and ultimately kill your dream. What will happen to your idea if you do not get the approval of those whose permission you so desperately need? Nothing!

2. Stop waiting for perfection

Waiting for a time when everything is perfectly in place will cause you to lose your enthusiasm and abandon your goal. Conditions may never be as perfect as you desire. You may never have all of the money, time, or knowledge you desire to begin working on your goals.

You must take risks, learn and improve as you go along and then watch as everything begins to fall in place. If you have to wait for the perfect time to begin working on your goals you will be waiting an awfully long time!

3. Set aside time for your goal

Many people have dreams, ideas or goals, which remain unfulfilled because they are too busy doing everything else except working on the goal! If you have a goal to accomplish, you must be ready to invest your time, and resources to ensure its success.

Making excuses about lacking the time to work on goals that are important to you is a procrastination tactic, that will kill your dream before it has a chance to see the light of day. There is always time to work on what you love and consider important. Create that time and see your dreams begin to unfold!

4. Decide!

The process of goal accomplishment, like most things in life begins with a firm decision. You decide what you want to achieve and then you plan how you intend to achieve it.

If accomplishing your goal is important to you, your inability to make crucial decisions about what you should be doing, how you should be doing it and when you should do it, will waste your valuable resources, including time, and choke your dream. Make up your mind and stop second-guessing yourself. When your mind is made up nothing can keep you from making progress with fulfilling your goals.

5. Be bold and take the initiative

Be bold! You are the one in charge of turning your dreams to reality. You need to be proactive and actively involved in the process of working on your goals to ensure you achieve them.

Just because you have shared your ideas with others does not necessarily mean that you are off the hook for being responsible for turning them to reality. Do not just sit around waiting for other people to make suggestions and guide your idea to reality. Never leave your dream entirely in the hands of others. Nobody cares about your dream as much as you do.

6. Invest in your yourself and your dream

No idea is self-funding. Do not be lulled into thinking that others will invest or finance your idea just because it is brilliant. If you are lucky, someone may invest in it, but if you are not, you will have to invest your time, energy and finances toward activities that will fortify and fulfill your dream.

You may have to invest in the acquisition of knowledge or expertise that will help you achieve your goals. It would also be a good idea to keep some money stashed away to finance your goal.

7. One step at a time.

Commit yourself only to projects and activities which are connected to your main goal. Whatever you do should directly or indirectly add up to a move toward your main goal. Failure to do this will confuse, overwhelm, sidetrack, and drain your energy.

To get started on achieving your goals, you need to plan for it and make it a priority. If you keep crowding and cluttering your life with what does not matter, you many never, ever accomplish your goals.

Remember that you cannot do all things, but you can do one thing, well!

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