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Importance of Goal Setting – Simple Guide to Achieve Success!

Do you ever wish your life was different? Have you found yourself wishing you were more organised, physically fit, better with money, or further along in your career, or want to start a new career?

I know I have.

Do you want to know the secret to improving yourself? It lies within the art of setting goals!

Let’s talk successful goal setting!

If your goals mean enough for you to set them, then you must really want to achieve them! Everything you dream and want to achieve begins with setting a goal.

I used to be brilliant at setting goals and failing miserably.  It’s not a great feeling and I used to beat myself up about this, A LOT!

If you want to learn some successful goal setting tips, and how to set achievable goals, just keep reading!

 

 

Set SMART goals

Your goals can be achieved by making sure they are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

Let’s say you want to start paying off your £2000 credit card debt. Don’t just tell yourself that you ‘want to become debt-free.’

Set a goal of paying £250 extra a month toward your debt to have it paid off in 6 months.

It is both specific and measurable, because you know exactly how much to pay. It’ll be clear whether or not you hit your goal each month.

You know it’s attainable and realistic if you cut back on eating out and unnecessary shopping. And it’s time-bound with that 6-month goal in mind.

Top tip:

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Make different choices for a different outcome

Nothing in your life will change unless you start making different choices. By taking new action toward your goals, you will begin to see how your life can improve.

Setting goals without being willing to act differently is meaningless.

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You have to do the work. Having goals is the easy part. Accepting the sacrifices to make them happen is where the challenge lies.

Always remember that you are in control of your own actions, and likewise, your own life.

 

Write down your goals

Research has shown that writing down your goals has a huge impact on the likelihood that you’ll actually achieve them.

Not to get too scientific, but the act of writing down your dreams and goals involves both sides of your brain. It’s a step beyond just thinking about your goals.

This sends a strong message to your brain that you mean business.

Writing your goals down can help you make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T., and not just some random shot in the dark.

I really like this procrastinators Planner to help with goal setting and planning. It’ll help you build the habits that will support your goals.

 

Break them down into steps

Now that you have your goal in writing, jot down the steps it’ll take to make it happen.

For example, if you want to start cooking at home more to save money, Step 1 could be to research meal planning.

Breaking your goal down into simple, actionable steps takes the guesswork and intimidation out of it.

Don’t be a procrastinator, these small stages seem far more doable that some broad, scary goal.

Remember that icky old adage, ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ It just makes sense.

 

Keep track of your progress

Be sure to monitor your progress throughout. The small wins of accomplishing each step toward your goal are a great motivation to propel you forward.

Remember how you wrote down your goal, and all the steps involved?

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Check them off, cross them out, or write the date you mastered each one as you go.

This frequent reminder is just what you need to stay on track. You can even treat yourself to small rewards as you go. A little incentive goes a long way!

 

Know your why

Your goals become more powerful the second you attach a significant meaning to them. Your “why” is the reason you want to accomplish a goal.

Anyone can set a goal to lose weight, pay off debt or make more money, but what does that change mean for you in your life? If you can take a step back from the actual goal and think about how your life will be impacted by this action, you’ll be able create more powerful goals.

For example:

Your Goal: I want to pay off my student loan debt.
Better Goal: I want to pay off my student loan debt because:

  1. I will have more disposable income.
  2. I can save more for retirement.
  3. I can be a better role model for my daughter.
  4. I can focus on investing and creating a better financial portfolio.

Having a goal is great, but understanding why you want to accomplish that goal is even better. If you can pinpoint a few good reasons or great side effects of accomplishing this goal, then these reasons will help you continue to commit to the goal when times get rough.

 

Speak as if it’s already done

Your brain, while incredibly complex, is also pretty easy to trick. That’s why we do vision boards annually and look at them daily – the more your brain sees something, the more it believes it’s already done. The same thing goes for what you say.

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Changing your goals from something you will do in the future to something you’re currently doing not tells your brain that you are committed to doing this NOW – it’s not something you’re putting off to a later date.

For example:

Your Goal: I’m going to work out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after work.
Better goal: I work out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after work.

 

Don’t get distracted

Maybe you’re the type of person who starts a variety of new things, but often lacks the follow-through necessary to complete them. Don’t worry, I’m right there with you.

For those of us with ‘shiny object syndrome,’ it is so important to stay focused on the goals we set. One way is to concentrate on one goal at a time.

You’re not going to reinvent yourself instantly.

If you wish you could lose weight, pay off debt, get a new job, and rescue 3 dogs all at once, you’re probably just going to get frustrated and do nothing.

Pick one goal and make some major headway on it before adding another.

 

Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do

There’s something about restricting ourselves that just makes us a human’s rebel.

That’s one of the problems with diets. If you start thinking that you’ll start a diet on Monday, I bet you’ll spend the weekend feasting on all the foods you’re going to miss.

The key is to stop thinking about what you won’t be able to do when you’re trying to reach your goal. Don’t think of it in terms of restriction at all!

Take positive action and research some healthy, tasty recipes. Write down your meal plan for the week and grocery shop for those ingredients.

Look toward your goal with enthusiasm, instead of dread.

 

Have patience

When asked whether she was being patient, someone I knew once said, “No, I never cared for it.”

While I thought that was hilarious, I understood her sentiment completely.

If patience isn’t your superpower either, the endurance it can take to reach a goal can be challenging.

But I promise that reaching that goal is worth the wait!

Big goals take time, and expecting immediate results can be the downfall of successful goal setting.

Top tip:

See my post below for slowing down to avoid a hectic life:

 

 

Share your goals with people

Telling people about your new goals makes them seem more real. It’s beneficial in two ways.

Having the support of a friend or relative in your corner is incredibly helpful and motivating. It also serves to hold you accountable.

Just be sure to tell people who will be supportive, not naggy. You want to keep the entire process positive!

 

Recruit a friend

Now that you’ve told some people about your new goal, maybe they’ll feel inspired and want to join you.

Nothing makes working toward a goal more enjoyable than doing it with someone you like.

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If your goal is to run a 5k, a training buddy can help you stay motivated and build excitement.

If you want to stop ordering takeout every night, you and a friend could have a freezer cooking session.

Or you could help each other declutter your basements and have a two-family garage sale.

Strengthening a friendship or starting a new one can be the perfect added benefit to achieving your goal.

 

Importance of goal setting – Final thought

Make sure your goals don’t get stale! Ideally, you should make time every day to take some action toward them.

Make time is the operative phrase here. We must make time for what is important to us.

You may have to scale back on the less important things that steal your time in order to achieve your goals.

Don’t fall victim to your own excuse that you ‘don’t have time.’ You can’t afford to waste time being less than your best.

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”      -Earl Nightingale

I hope you enjoyed these tips for how to set goals and achieve them. Cheers to the new, goal-crushing you!

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Changing Your Mindset – 8 Things That Helped Me Turn My Life Around!

Originally when I created this website back in April 2020, it was meant to be a place just for information on how to make and save money.

Over time the website has evolved into more than just a ‘Money niche’ site and along with that I have evolved as a person.

Back in Sept 2019 I spent a period of time in hospital with liver failure, where I come very close to dying. This came as result of 5 years of battling depression, anxiety and alcoholism.

Since leaving the hospital towards the end of 2019 I have turned my life around.

I was on eight different types of medication after leaving hospital for all sorts of issues. I am now medication free and living a happy life.

My mindset has had a complete overhaul and I continue to learn and evolve as person each day that passes by.

I have created a Lifestyle category within MyDoshTips where I will be sharing what has helped me in my journey turning my life around. Eventually I will be creating a website just for this information, but for now it can be found here.

Mental health has always been an important topic to me, I think it’s crucial to get this sort of information out to people.

If my posts help just one person then it’s worth it. I was as low as one person can be, so if I can turn it around, then anybody can.

In this short simple guide, I will provide a break down of what has helped me along the way and give links to books or sources that I have used.

 

 

Mindfulness

I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform massively.

By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.

Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.

When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.

The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.

This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.

Purchase a book, research it on YouTube. The mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently.

But it can be done, your mindset can be changed completely.

Meditating to a guided meditation for mindfulness is great way to start the day.

 

 

Read/watch videos on self-development

I never use to read, now I cannot stop.

There are so many good books and people out there to follow for self-development.

Read a chapter of a book and watch one video a day. This soon gets you motivated and before you know it, you will be researching the subject in-depth.

One good book or one inspirational video can change your outlook on life and give you that bit of hope you have been looking for.

One thing I have learned the past year, is that the more I learn, the more I realise how much actually don’t know.

I have unlearned everything I have been taught since I was a child.

I’m learning every day and constantly evolving as a person. My mind is like a sponge, soaking in all the new information.

Top tip:

The below channels from YouTube have had an amazing influence on me for self-development:

I also recommend the below books to read:

 

 

Meditation

I thought this was complete nonsense a few years ago, now I love it.

After 5 years of being on every medication known to man for chronic depression and anxiety, the one thing that calmed my mind beyond belief, if done properly, is meditation.

This helps you become at peace with your thoughts, and also mindful meditation helps you stay in the present moment.

I try to meditate three times day. First thing in the morning, once in the day and right before bed. If I’m too busy, I just meditate in the morning and before bed.

Meditation will seem like a chore at first, but the more you practice, it will become more of a enjoyable experience that you will look forward to.

There are tonnes of videos on YouTube to help you get started.

Top tip:

The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

If you want to learn about meditation, the follow channel is excellent:

If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

Create a daily health checklist

This can be anything you want.

Mine consists of a morning workout first thing, meditation, read a chapter of a book, go for a walk, stay off social media through certain periods of the day.

Make sure you shower every day, do your hair and make your bed. When you do these simple steps, it makes you feel better about yourself.

Drink lots of water, eat healthy, this makes you feel good. I eat healthy six days a week, then have a cheat day on a Sunday.

I also watch a few videos from YouTube on self-development everyday.

 

Gratitude

I show gratitude every day to the people in my life and for the life I live.

Everyone has bad days, but it could always be worse.

I try to focus on the good I have in my life, instead of what I don’t have.

I write down things I’m grateful for each day, put them in a jar, and when I feel low, I read them all, and it soon makes me realise of all the good I have in my life.

Meditating to a guided meditations for gratitude, also helps you appreciate the simple and small things in life.

Being grateful makes you fall in love with the life you already have.

Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.

 

Set goals

Set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Mine consist of work, studying, financial and fitness goals, but it can be anything you want.

The sense of writing your goals down and ticking them off, is a great feeling of achievement.

Focus on what you have achieved and what you have not.

Set peace of mind as your top priority goal and everything else will fall into place.

Top tip:

Have a read of my post below for help with setting financial goals:

 

 

Communication

When you have a heavy mind and life is a struggle, talk to someone.

This was a massive mistake I made, I kept it all in. I still struggle to talk these days, but I’m much better than I was.

By getting your issues out and talking about them, it helps massively.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

 

Negative/poisoness people

I have removed a lot of negative/poisoness people from my life.

My circle is small, no outside drama gets in that way.

A lot of people seemed to get some weird kick out of seeing me struggle.

I was at the centre of gossip. But now I’ve turned things around, they don’t have much to say.

I hold no grudges towards these people, they only see things from their level of consciousness.

But I won’t give them the time of day anymore.

 

Changing your mindset – Final thought

If anyone needs to talk about any of this in more detail, or in general if you’re struggling, then please email me on adam@mydoshtips.com.

During the pandemic mental health has been thrown to the wolves, so we all need to stick together and help each other out when we can.

Don’t drown in your own mind, when there is so much you can do to help yourself.

I turned it around from as low as one man can be, so anyone can.

It’s ok to not be ok.

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