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It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past twelve months and set goals for the coming year. If you’re like most people, you probably have a long list of goals that you’d like to achieve. But, if you’re like most people, you probably also have a hard time actually achieving your goals.

Why is that?

One reason is that we often set goals that are too vague. For example, a goal like “lose weight” is too vague. How much weight do you want to lose? By when? What are you going to do to lose the weight?

Another reason is that we often set goals that are too ambitious. If your goal is to “double your income,” that’s great. But it might be more realistic to set a goal to increase your income by 10% or 20%.

Finally, we often don’t have a plan for achieving our goals. We may know what we want to do, but we don’t have a step-by-step plan for actually doing it.

So, how can you set goals that you’re actually going to achieve?

Here are some tips:

Be specific

When you’re setting goals, be as specific as possible. The more specific your goals are, the easier it will be to achieve them.

Set realistic goals

Don’t set goals that are too ambitious. If you’re not sure whether a goal is realistic, ask yourself if you’ve achieved something similar in the past. If the answer is no, then the goal is probably too ambitious.

Make a plan

Once you’ve set your goals, make a plan for achieving them. What steps do you need to take to achieve your goal? When will you take those steps?

Set a deadline

If you don’t set a deadline, it’s easy to put off taking action. So, set a deadline for each goal.

Hold yourself accountable

Tell someone else about your goals and ask them to hold you accountable. This will help you stay on track.

Celebrate your success

When you achieve a goal, celebrate your success. This will help you stay motivated.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals.