We all have goals. What are yours? You want to lose 20 pounds? Get in shape? Make more money? Having a goal is the easy part. Reaching it? Well, that's something else. If you're frustrated because you feel like you keep coming up short when it comes to realizing your dreams, maybe it's time to try a different way of achieving them.

Setting goals
To reach a goal you need to know what you want to achieve. Your goals need to be concrete and realistic. Making a goal concrete means, for example, that instead of saying ‘I am going to lose weight’, you say ‘I am going to lose 5 kilos’. And instead of saying ‘I will workout more often’, you say ‘I will workout 2 times a week’.

When setting a goal, ask yourself if your goals are realistic and if you are really ready to make the changes in your life necessary to reach those goals. Be realistic. You can't lose 40 pounds in two weeks, or even a month. Set an achievable objective, such as 1 to 2 pounds a week; by the end of the year, you will have lost the 40 pounds.

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Commiting to your goals
Goals that get reached are those that are firm, well-defined, and to which the individual is truly and completely committed. Without that commitment, trying to reach goals is like grabbing Jell-O. You think maybe you have it, but there's really nothing to hang on to.
I suggest that you check your commitment. Ask yourself why you want to achieve that particular goal. What will that do for you? Why is it important? What will your life be like when you have reached it? How will achieving your goal change things for you? If you are having trouble being commited you need to ask yourself whether it’s the right goal.

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Say NO
Another reason many people don't reach their goals is that they just can't say no to everyone else. Many of us, especially women, put other things and people first. We're unable to refuse when asked for our time, our talent, our expertise, or merely our presence.
Saying yes is a habit we're not even aware of. By saying the word 'no' more often, you open up a lot of time, not only to work toward a goal but also to think about how to reach it. In short, you put boundaries in place and establish priorities in the correct order.

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Picture your succes
The most effective way to change your beliefs is to create a mental story of success. We need to picture ourselves as we want to be, and we need to talk about it. The basic formula is: See it. Say it. Hear it.
See yourself in the circumstances you desire. Picture it perfectly. Craft a one-sentence story that you would like to be true, and say it in the present tense, as though you are describing your life right now. Keep repeating yourself. Demand to hear that same story every night before you go to sleep.

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When it comes to achieving your goals, being positive is so important. When you see in your mind’s eye what you want to achieve, it becomes way easier to do so.