The Key to Working Towards a Goal (And Exceeding Expectations!)

You may have big hopes and dreams but figuring out how to make your dreams a reality can seem like a daunting task.

Luckily, reaching your goals is more attainable than you think. When it comes to working towards a goal, there are a few simple strategies that will help keep you on track.

Here’s a round-up of a few techniques that can help you reach or even exceed your goals.

Identify What End Goals You Want to Achieve

The first step towards achieving your goals is to figure out what you want to achieve. Let’s say you want to buy a house in the near future. Your goals may be saving for a down payment, increasing your credit score, and paying off your debt.

Identifying your goals will help you figure out a road map to your end destination. This is the first crucial step in deciding where to start.

Start by listing out your end objective or objectives. This is also where you can outline your objectives and key results, also known as OKRs.

Working Towards a Goal That Is Relevant

After you’ve decided what you want to accomplish, you can then set goals that are relevant to getting those accomplishments done. Going back to the home buying example, working out more may be a great goal for something else but it isn’t relevant to buying your house for example.

Stick to goals that will help you achieve what you want to. Write out these goals and keep them clear and concise. This will give you something to work towards.

According to Psychology Today, goal setting has been linked to higher achievement.

Set Priories for Achieving Goals

Next, you want to give priority to some of your goals. You can’t usually complete all of your goals all at one time. One goal may take two days to accomplish while another may take two years.

Set a timeline that is realistic for each of your working goals as well as your end objective.

Work Toward a Goal by Setting Smaller Ones

To help you actually complete your end goal, you’ll need to set some smaller ones along the way. These should be little wins and small hanging fruit that will all lead toward you finishing your big goal according to Forbes.

Going back to the home buying example. Let’s say your working goals are to save for a down payment, increase your credit score, and pay off your debt. Some smaller goals can be to set up an automatic saving plan on your bank account. You may also pay off your lowest credit card balance or a small student loan.

These small wins will help you along the way to reaching your big end goal of homeownership, for example.

Accomplishing Your Big Goals

Once you have set your main objective, set your priorities, and made a game plan, you’re ready to start working towards a goal.

To stay on track, write out as much of your plan as possible. You can keep yourself accountable by setting calendar reminders or blocking off dates with yourself to check in on your progress. You can also check in with a friend who can act as an accountability partner.

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