We all have goals. What are yours? Maybe to keep your current job or to get a new one. To save for the future, travel or take a holiday; to learn new skills or to buy the things we want to make our lives more enjoyable.

A key distinction however, is that top achievers are very specific and focused on their goals, while many of the rest of us, are not!

Achievers know that the structure timing and format of a goal can bring it closer and more within their reach. Much like a super-focused A’Level student who has invested time and effort into their studies to achieve a place at their favourite college or university, or for their first job. Maybe that was you or maybe it’s someone in your family right now?

Here are 5 important steps to make your goals reachable, even if you may not be awaiting your A’ Level results:-

1.Simple

Reachable goals are SIMPLE.

Many people describe their goals in complex terms of retiring to a villa in Spain, with nice cars and lots of money and… The list goes on and on!  Any ONE of those things is a great goal, but the combination becomes overwhelming and the brain gets confused!

If you really want to retire in Spain, just say so! If you really want to increase your sales by 10% this month, just say so! Keep your goals simple and focused.

2.Strategic

Reachable goals are STRATEGIC.

Top achievers know that the best goals accomplish many great outcomes, all at one time.

For example, running a 10K race will almost certainly 1) feel great 2) help you lose weight 3) lower your cholesterol 4) strengthen your heart 5) lower your risk of heart disease 6) increase your energy and stamina and 7) improve your outlook.

Design your goals to strategically impact as many areas of your life as possible. You’ll then have loads more great reasons to reach your goal and far more excitement when you do!

3.Tangible

Reachable goals are TANGIBLE.

Choose goals that you can vividly see, hear, smell or touch. Go for things that you will enjoy and that you can clearly visualise. The brain has a hard time going for ‘financial security’ but it can visualise bank statements with nice, large numbers on it!

Define your goals in terms that excite your senses, and then go for it with all your heart!

4.Written

Reachable goals are WRITTEN.

Top achievers always know precisely what they want, because they’ve written in down. Often, they write a short description of their goals every single morning, as a personal reminder of their priorities and objectives.

The act of writing your goals down vastly increases your chance of success. WRITE IT DOWN! Then keep your notes where you can see and read them every day.

5.Shared

Reachable goals are SHARED.

We are far more likely to stick to our plan and reach our goals if we know our colleagues, friends and family support us in getting there.

Being part of a team increased our determination, stamina and our courage.

Never share your goals with anyone who may ridicule, tease or discourage you! The world is full of doubters and you have no time for them.

But find a support team, a group of fans, and a coach who will encourage you every step of the way. Top achievers count on and associate with other achievers!

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