How can we achieve life goals

How can we achieve life goals?

As a “Type A” person, I’ve set countless goals in my life.
All of which I was very serious about.
I made an extremely well-researched, detailed action plan.
I got really hyped up about it.
And I gave it my all.
Until I didn’t.

Something small came up and I got thrown out of my routine.
I got sick for a week, an important project at work came up or I was travelling.
And I never got back into my routine again.

Until I set the same goal again.
A couple of months later.

I was stuck in a horrible vicious cycle of guilt, frustration and hopelessness.
Until I understood what it really takes to stick to your goals:
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Set your Goals the Right Way

When setting your goals, think about the following two aspects: HOW to choose them and HOW to set them.
How to choose goals:
There is really only one question you should ask yourself when it comes to choosing goals: Is this really what I want?
Be honest with yourself or you will set yourself up for failure right from the start.
Use these two questions to get clarity:
How to set goals:
Choosing the right goal is only half of the equation, setting them the right wayis the other half.
There are countless goal setting strategies out there, but in the end, they all come back to 2 fundamentally different approaches:
Approach 1: Outcome-Oriented
Goals like “run a marathon in 3 months” or “lose 10kgs by October 2018” are outcome-oriented.
If you pick this type of goal setting, it is best to use the S.
M.
A.
R.
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goal setting technique, because it forces you to define your goals extremely clear in all aspects.
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M.
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T stands for:

> Specific: “I want to be rich” is NOT specific.
“I want to earn 100K over the next 12 months by offering consulting services” IS.
Think about the WHAT, the HOW, the WHERE and the WHEN of your goal!
> Measurable: Find a way to measure the progress on your goal.
Want to lose weight? Track your weight loss every week! Want to start your own business? Think of concrete milestones you can track to make this goal come true.

> Attainable and Relevant: Is achieving this goal realistic and possible? Losing 50kgs in one month might not be attainable, but losing 5kgs in a month seems reasonable.
Also, do you really care about this goal? Is it relevant for you? You won’t be motivated to achieve a goal that is not a priority in your life (we already discussed this above)!
> Timely: Set a deadline and make a timeline.
What do you want to achieve until when? What are the milestones along the way?

Approach 2: State-Oriented
Sometimes it is not possible to pick a specific outcome as your goal.
Instead, it makes more sense to visualise and describe your ideal state for this area of your life, the person you want to be or how you want to feel.
Here is an example: “I am the type of person who works out 3 times a week even when I am travelling.
I feel naturally energised every day without any stimulants.
I follow a paleo lifestyle and feel happy and fulfilled without alcohol and cigarettes.

Final Note: Whichever goal-setting method you choose, make sure you write your goals down!
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Attach Habits to your Goals

“Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
” — Jim Rohn
Whatever you want to achieve in life, the basis for success is almost always identifying, integrating and sticking to powerful habits.
I like to think of habits as powerful tools to automate the goal achievement process: self-insight (WHAT do I want to change?) and motivation (WHY do I want to change it?) get you started, but habits are what really keep you going.

Of course, different goals require different strategies.
But trust me, it is possible to define goal related habits for almost every goal!

Here are a few examples:
Whatever your goal is, ask yourself the following:
What habits can you integrate into your daily life that will get you closer to your goal?
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Train your Brain to Stick to your Habits

Consistency is the holy grail of goal achievement.
If you manage to stick to your habits, you will soon see the benefits of compounded effort.
Research shows us a few things we can do to increase our chances to sticking to our habits — and thus, sticking to our goals:
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Start Small, Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

When we have big goals, we tend to choose big actions to achieve them.
In my countless weight loss efforts, I’ve always made grand plans to transform my entire lifestyle over night: workout every day, cook a paleo meal 3 times a day, sleep 8 hrs, meditate every morning for 30 minutes and go to Yoga class twice a week.
But this is not how change actually happens.
Real transformation happens through compounding small, daily efforts over time.

If we set our goals to high, we tend to get overwhelmed and end up quitting.

Thus, change ONE habit at a time: Don’t overwhelm your brain and decrease your chances of success.
Master one habit and then move onto the next one.
And not only that, start with the smallest possible version of that habit: meditate for 5 minutes, run around the block for 15 minutes, start with a healthy breakfast every morning while keeping the other meals the same.
Incremental, compounded effort is what counts!
5.
Optimise your Environment

Your environment can make or break your goal achievement efforts.
The people around you, your fridge, your workplace and your bedroom — they all have the potential to accelerate your success or hold you back from it.
So the question is:
How can you optimise your environment in a way that makes achieving your goal easy?
Here are a few ideas:
6.
Track your Progress

Tracking and measuring your progress gives you immediate feedback, a sense of accomplishment and informs you whether your strategy is working or not.
You can track your habits with mobile apps like As you can see, you don't need to know many rules and complex secrets to achieve success.
The greatest achievements are always the consequences of simple actions made with great efforts.
And the most difficult is not only to know these rules but to follow them every day.

It became clear to me in the past that I was far from clear what I wanted in life and through that lack of clarity I was unable to put any sense of order to what I was doing day I day out.
I had no sense of how to prioritise.
I thought had goal but I realised that I had kidding myself.
It wasn’t until I learned the reason as to why my goals didn’t come into fruition was I able to look against my goals, and myself by extension, and essentially start over again, setting myself modified and new goals that I knew with certainty that I would accomplish.
There will be more parts to setting goals but these are seven that I believe are extremely important.
1: If you don’t believe in yourself then who will?
Believing in oneself is the most important piece of advice that you could give too person.
I say it to my kids all the time, “stop saying you can’t do it, if you keep saying that then that will be the outcome”.
I tell my kids this not because I don’t want to help them it because I do.
If we are constantly telling ourselves or even telling others that they can’t do something then more often than not, that will be the outcome.
It is not just because of the low sense of self esteem that negative comments such as this can grow within ourselves but we are essentially telling our subconscious mind that this is true and if that is what is implanted in your subconscious, that is what your mind will deliver to you.
If you don’t believe in yourself then why should someone else believe I you.
Be cautious in of the fine line between self belief and arrogance.
people tend to shy away from arrogant people even if that person’s belief is justified through their actions.
2: if you don’t believe in the goals you are setting then why set them?
Speaks for itself really doesn’t it?
But seriously, why do people (and organisations for that matter) set goals that they either know in their heart won’t be competed or they just don’t really believe nor want to reach the goal anyway? It’s so often the case in business that a strategy document is produced that talks the talk but is then filed away in a drawer and it’s business as usual.
We do this in our personal lives too…and definitely around the month of January.
The expectation for us all to have our new year resolutions can be too much for some people and they half heartedly commit to losing the pounds that they’ve added over Christmas (and before) or to learn to scuba dive or some other activity.
Many do complete them but many don’t.
The ones that don’t most likely do not believe in the goal and it may be something that they are trying to accomplish for some other reason than their own self worth.
Maybe the influence of their partner or a friend.
The ones that do complete their goals most likely have something that the other person doesn’t.
It is their belief in the goal that allows them to succeed and it is also something else…their purpose!
3: If you don’t know why you are working towards a goal then what’s the purpose?
The phrase ‘‘On Purpose’ is used a lot but I believe the phrase has more power behind it than how it is more commonly used.
One of my kids will come to me and tell me that her sister hit her ‘on purpose’.
I’ll ask the other child what is was that made her hit her sister and she will most likely look at me, shrug her shoulders and say ‘I don’t know’.
She’s probably right, she doesn’t know why she did it.
Most likely because her sister had done something or other to annoy her but my daughter would have reacted to the situation without a real understand of why.
Sure she may have done it on purpose in the common sense of the phrase but hen I say I believe those two words to have more power is when we really look at what they mean.
We all should be doing the things we are doing each and every day On Purpose.
Just as we say things like ‘I ‘m doing this to keep on track with my project’ we should maybe get into the habit of saying more often ‘I’m doing this to keep on purpose with my project’.
Similar phrase, similar intent but the second one in my opinion gives the person who is in response to the phrase being said a bigger belief in the person saying it as their words command a greater sense of understanding what it is they are doing and why they are doing it.
They are doing what they are doing because they understand the purpose.
They have a strong sense of ‘why’ they are doing it.
Whenever we are setting a goal we should always understand why we are doing it and feel emotionally attached to the purpose for wanting to achieve the desired outcome.
4: If something is difficult, then ask for help
Who ever said that being a ‘jack of all trades’ was a good thing.
I prefer the alternate, ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.
Too often people let their egos get in the way of achieving their goals.
They say asking for help as the first step to failure.
I see not asking for help when you need it is a much quicker descent towards failure.
“Life is a checker board and the player opposite you is time.
If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly your men will be wiped off of the board by time.
You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision
” Napoleon Hill – Think & Grow Rich
This quote from the book Think & Grow Rich could be applied to a lot of situations but it helps to illustrate the importance of being honest about seeking help when needed and not letting our egos lead our actions.
The more we delay on deciding to put our hand up when the need arises and ask for help with achieving certain parts of our goals, the more we risk missing opportunities.
Time will not wait for us.
Our greatest opponent is relentless.
5: It IS ok to fail
Personally, I don’t like to use the words fail or failure when talking about myself or others.
Nothing positive comes from stating that someone is a failure…and that goes for both the supposed person that has ‘failed’ and the one that is making the statement.
It is ok to fail.
How else do we learn.
If it was so easy to do things the right way first time then nobody would ever fail and we’d all be getting everything we want all of the time.
In a way, that is what we want…but life just doesn’t work that way.
How many people have quit just three feet away from gold as the old story goes? If we give up every time something does not go to plan then we will never know just how close we may have been to success.
When we ‘fail’ we must reflect on that and figure out what the contributing factors were that led to our outcome not being the one we set out to achieve.
There will most likely be some element of frustration when our goals don’t come about quite the way we thought they would but it is important not to dwell on it and get into the state as soon as possible to reflect, refocus and get back out there!
6: How aspirational does aspirational need to be?
We all get told to be aspirational at times when it comes to planning and goal setting, but how aspirational should we be?
The answer is, it’s completely up to you and it kind of goes hand in hand with the second point on this list in regards to how much we believe in the goals we set.
There’s a fine line between being aspirational and irresponsibly setting a goal that would be outside of the laws of the universe to achieve it.
Be aspirational but don’t set targets that are not attainable.
Our goals need to be specific so that we know what we are working towards and so that we know when we have reached them.
The flip side of this is to not set your goals too close within our reach otherwise there will not be enough drive and passion to build up in ourselves to push us towards making a real step towards successes.
7: Above all, enjoy your goal setting
If you’re not working towards something you will deeply have an emotional attachment to then it may be time to go back to your purpose and tweak it a little or it may be that you need to adjust your goal.
In essence this is very similar to our purpose for setting the goals that we have but what I am wanting to get across here is that we must find enjoyment in the whole process of goal setting, managing our goals, keeping focused and doing things ‘on purpose’.
Goal setting should be a never ending process so if we are enjoying the practice of ‘setting and doing’ then we’ll be more likely to succeed and more likely to set more goals when we complete others.
This month, I released a book that focuses on the subject of goal setting and how to manage your goals all the way from the beginning when you come up with the idea for a particular goal through to planning, putting it into action and achieving
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· Magnifying: "This is so hard, I can't do it.
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· Self-punishment: "That was the most stupid thing I did — I'm a fool.
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· Negative self-labeling: "I'm old, useless, and ugly.
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· Self-pressuring: "I should," "I must," "I have to.
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The first step in countering this negativity is to be aware of it.
Then you can challenge it by asking yourself if it's true or justified.
Finally, replace it with positive, supportive self-talk.
This will give you a positive self-image and the confidence to go on with your project.
You've already made a list of your good qualities and accomplishments.
Recall these and add to them when negative self-talk rears its nasty head in your mind.
ASSERTIVENESS
Even if we are self-employed, we constantly work with others in the form of customers, colleagues, employees, and outsourcers.
We can react in one of four ways: being passive, being aggressive, being manipulative, and being assertive.
Being passive often means waiting for others to take action before we move on a project.
This leaves the fate of your project in the hands of others.
The passive person has such low self-esteem that he either automatically agrees with others or even runs away.
Being aggressive usually means that we move without considering others' feelings or ideas, which can cause resentment.
Aggressive behavior is competitive; the goal is to win over others.
Being manipulative means getting what we want through devious means and making others feel guilty.
It is indirect aggression.
Manipulative people fear exposure if they are direct and feel it's safer to control and manipulate rather than confronting and being rejected.
Being assertive involves having respect for the people we work with.
It is rooted in high self-esteem and is most likely to give us the results we desire.
We don't wait for others to act for us, we don't act without consideration for others when necessary, and we don't try to indirectly control and manipulate others.
Instead, assertive people negotiate to reach win-win results.
It might surprise you to know that we all use all four patterns at times.
These behaviors are established in us from an early age, and we may not be aware when we're using them.
But with some awareness and determination, we can change these behaviors if we want to.
Identifying the best behavior to use in various situations can contribute substantially to the success of projects.
The way to encourage assertive behavior in yourself is to
· Be very clear about what you want
· Feel positive about your project
· Take initiative
Thinking through what you want and planning the steps might seem time consuming, but the rewards are great.
The way to successfully behave assertively with others involves
· Knowing clearly what you want and feel and being prepared to state that directly and simply.
· Maintaining your position steadily without giving in to manipulation or the negative behavior of others.
· Acknowledge that you hear manipulators' statements and continue with your point of view or request without becoming defensive or aggressive.
· Negotiating to achieve a win-win when there is conflict.
Compromising to get the best realistic position is the right thing to do for the success of the project.
HANDLING CONFRONTATION
Sometimes situations arise where agreement hasn't been reached on legitimate differences of opinion through means other than confrontation.
Continued disagreement is a saboteur of efficiency, so the issues need to be aired, but this tactic should be used with care.
To skillfully approach confrontation you should
· Acknowledge the other person's point of view as legitimate
· Clearly state both positions
· Make sure that the other person agrees that both of your positions have been stated correctly
· Accept that there may be negative feelings involved on both sides and accept responsibility for your own feelings
· Ask the other person for his preferred solution.
At this point, you both may be able to start working toward a compromise.
MANAGING YOUR ANGER AND FRUSTRATION
In most undertakings, there are times where things don't work out as we expected or where obstacles arise.
If we don't deal with our anger and frustration, those negative feelings can slow us down or even derail the project.
Luckily, effective strategies allow us to manage and channel our negative feelings.
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Be aware of your feelings.
This is not always easy.
We've learned to deny our feelings in many cases to be socially appropriate.
But feelings denied can go underground and sabotage you.
Know what you're feeling and why you're feeling the way you do.
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Then decide what to do with the feeling.
It's better not to express your anger until you have control of it.
First recognize it, then control it, then decide how to handle it.
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Convert your anger to energy that powers your projects and inspires changes.
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Express your anger (energy) in a safe form such as exercise.
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After you are in control of it, voice your anger directly and fairly.
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Confront the situation that caused your anger in the most constructive way you can think of.
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After you've dealt with your anger, release it.
PLANNING
A clear plan of action with effective implementation takes us from an idea to a completed project.
Planning assures that each part of a project receives proper attention.
· Understand your project thoroughly
· Know your resources — human and material
· Be flexible in order to make changes
· Be proactive
· Schedule based on the needs of the project and your own abilities
TIME MANAGEMENT
Time management is critical to the achievement of any/all goals.
Actually, if you can't master this, you absolutely won't be as successful as you could be, no matter how good you are at anything else.
Time management should be done every day with your focus on taking care of your important and urgent tasks and minimizing or delegating time sapping tasks.
An excellent management tool for time management is to crate a daily action plan where you write down all of your objectives for each day, in order of priority.
Here are some time-saving tips to help you work more efficiently and effectively:
Take On Less
· Learn to say "no"
· Delegate
· Eliminate unnecessary meetings
· Don't take on issues others should be doing
· Don't get bogged down with details except when it's necessary to do so
Work Efficiently
· Make and meet deadlines
· Tackle tasks as soon as you can
· Tackle tasks when you are most alert
· Make deadlines for others who tend to procrastinate
· Keep communications short and to the point
· Make phone calls when they will save time
Work Effectively
· Make a plan and stick to it
· Be realistic
· Plan anything that will take some time — phone calls, written communication, meetings
· Take breaks — they revive you
· Set priorities
· Finish what you start each day
EFFECTIVE DELEGATION
If your goals are business in nature, you must learn how to effectively delegate certain tasks so that you don’t become a bottleneck for growth.
The thing you must decide first is which things to delegate and which things to keep for yourself.
To answer that question, you must thoroughly understand the project and its demands.
To help you do this
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Set the objectives for the task
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Decide on the standards you require
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Determine the best people for the tasks and how much training they will need
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Establish realistic deadlines
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Set up review points to analyze the progress.
The best things to delegate:
· Routine matters
· Tasks requiring special knowledge you don't have
Things not to delegate:
· Anything you need to do personally
· Emergency tasks
· Tasks that are exceptions to the normal method of doing things
· Tasks that might have serious repercussions
HANDLING STRESS
We all have stress, and if we're not careful, it can kill us.
More and more studies are showing that stress is a component in many major diseases.
If we don't handle our stress, it can also cause problems in our business.
Stress comes from four sources.
These are called stressors.
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Situational stressors come from our situation, our environment, and our culture.
Work would be one of these, as well as unexpected situations, bad news, change, and noise.
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Major life events such as marriage, death, divorce, birth, ill health, or financial problems.
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Other people can be stressors if they have unreal demands or expectations.
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Internal stressors like perfectionism, feelings of inadequacy, or unmet needs can be the biggest stressors of the four.
Learning to handle stress can make you healthier and happier, and it can certainly help you to run your business more efficiently.
The first step is identifying when you are feeling stressful.
Here are the questions to ask yourself at that time:
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What's causing this stress?
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When does it happen?
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What exactly am I feeling now?
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Why am I reacting this way?
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What can I do to reduce my feelings of stress in this particular situation?
Here are some coping behaviors to help you handle stress:
· Accept your stressful feelings.
They are valuable because they tell you that something is wrong that you need to pay attention to.
· Practice coping skills like saying "no," taking initiative, developing a sense of personal power, and taking responsibility.
· Establish a supportive network of people who are interested in your well being.
· Build a healthy lifestyle which combines good nutrition, exercise, relaxation, non-smoking, and moderate alcohol and caffeine.
· Realize that there are some things that you can't control and let them go.
MAINTAINING HIGH SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem is essential to resilience.
It allows us to believe we can withstand all the problems of life.
It definitely assists us in running our business efficiently.
There are two types of self-esteem: internal and external.
Internal comes from inside you: it's what you think of yourself.
External comes from what others think of you.
It's not very reliable since what others think of you can change.
As your efficiency in all areas of your life grows, so will your self-esteem.
In addition, there are strategies to help you increase your internal self-esteem:
· Take initiative
· Develop motivation and willpower
· Take risks
· Give yourself "me" time
· Challenge your negative thoughts
· Be assertive
· Celebrate your improvements
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I`ve answered a similar question, here it is again:
Now, I’m assuming here that you have already have some ideas for your goals.
First of all;
Simply write down your goals!
That doesn’t mean you’re going to achieve them, but I would encourage you to not skip this step.
When you write down what you want, if you’ve ever done it, then you know you’ll feel an instant boost in energy and enthusiasm when you write it.
If you do this over and over again on a regular basis, you’re going to give yourself this ongoing boost and energy.
That energy is really what you need to accomplish your goals and to take action on a daily basis.
When you lack that energy, you don’t want to take action.
But the mere act of writing down goals gives you that energy!
So don’t skip this step.
Rule number two is to be specific.
You need to be crystal clear about what you want.
It’s not enough to just say you want more money.
That’s what everybody says.
People say they want more money, or they want to lose weight, or whatever their goal is, but that’s not concrete.
Let’s say, for example, you made $60,000 last year.

Well, you know what?
$61,000 is more than 60,000.
Will that get you excited?
You made $1,000 more this year than you did last year.
I don’t think so.
If you’re 30 pounds overweight, losing a couple of pounds is still losing weight, but it’s not going to make a whole lot of difference in your health and your physical appearance.
You want to be very specific.

Like of you type in a spesific address into a GPS, it will show you a spesific way to get there.
The goal setting mechanism in your head, your subconscious mind, is a goal-seekingdevice.
Unless you give it very specific, clear instructions, like an address or a specific goal, it’s not going to know exactly what to do.
You’ve got to be crystal clear.
I’m emphasizing this point because often people say…
“Well, I just want to have a good year.

That’s not good enough.
If you look at Fortune 500 companies or any big company, they have very specific sales and revenue goals that they want to hit.
They don’t just start the year with the CEO getting in front of the board of directors and saying…
“You know, we’re hoping for a good year.
We want to make more money this year than last year.

Can you imagine that?
No.
They have very specific goals.
You’ve got to treat your goals the same way, because you are the CEO of your business and your life.

Now, despite the self-help teachers who say, “Think big! Don’t put any limits on your thinking!” I’m here to set some limits.
Your goals have got to be realistic.

Here’s what I mean.
Let’s say you’re making $60,000, and you set a goal of making $1 million.
That’s a great long-term goal to shoot for, but it’s very, very unlikely that you will go from $60,000 to a million in the next 12 months.
It’s possible, yes.

But for most people, it’s not very realistic.
Set that as the longer-term goal, but be more realistic about what you can accomplish in the short run, like going from $60K to $100K, or maybe $200K.
This is very realistic depending on your set of skills, and the resources that you have available.
Let me give you this example…
If you want to make $100,000/year online, and you have NO marketing skills, very limited resources, and little money to invest in advertising, while it’s technically possible, the reality is that it’s going to take some time to get there.
You’re simply not going to go from zero to $100,000 with no resources, and no marketing skills, in just a few months, or maybe even a year.
It’s not going to happen in the short-term like a lot of people are hoping for.
Now, if you have, let’s say, $20,000 at your disposal, it will be a lot more realistic to hit six figures online, because now you have more resources…
You can invest a bit more money in your advertising so you can get there more quickly.
What I’m saying is this…
Your short-term goals need to be congruent with the skills and resources at your disposal
If they’re not, what’s going to happen is you’re basically setting yourself up for failure.
Then you’re going to become discouraged and say, “Goal setting doesn’t work.

And you’re not going to take action.
The whole point of goal setting is just not to get you excited; it’s to give you stepping stones to accomplish your bigger, longer-term goals.
The worst thing you can do is to set a short-term goal that’s so out of reach that it’s just going to demotivate you.
Now, let me be clear.
I’m not saying to limit yourself.
I think it’s perfectly fine to have huge 3-, 5-, and 10-year goals.
But reverse engineer those and say, “What do I have to accomplish on a short-term in the next 12 months, 6 months, and 3 months?”
Make it very realistic so that you can get excited, and you can get your belief level up about your goals.
The next step is to create a plan of action with a deadline.

A lot of people say they’re going to accomplish a goal, but they have no clue exactly how they’re going to do it and no deadline to keep them on track.
As you’ve probably heard, a goal without a deadline and a clear plan is nothing but a wish.
Make sure that you have a plan of action that you need to take on a daily basis and a specific deadline of when you want to accomplish that short-term goal.
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Dear friend,
You don’t need to agree with me.
You only need to understand what is being said.
Agreement and disagreement come out from your conditioning.
I am not looking for that.
I am asking for your intelligence, so that you can understand what is here.
And after understanding, you are totally free to reject it.

Who taught you that one must achieve in life?
The very foundation of what you are saying is that life must be an achievement.
What you are saying is there must be targets and goals and life is a process of attaining them.
Where are your goals coming from?
Don’t you see the entire process of conditioning that is behind it?
Do you see what is being said?
The fundamental assumption is that life is nothing but an achievement, but mind you, all achievement is in the future.
You have been told that life is something that is divided between success and failure.
Do you really think that this is your own understanding?
No.
This comes to you from education, media, family, society.
Since childhood you have been goaded to attain this, attain that, X percentage, Y percentage, clearing the JEE(compitition exams), getting a job and how has that process proceeded?
Through greed and fear.
If you attain something, there will be an external reward.
If you do not attain it, there would be an external disincentive.
So, what is happening?
A goal is being set from the outside.
A reward is coming from the outside.
All disincentive is coming from the outside.

Is there any bit of you in all this?
But because it is happening over a long period of time, you have started thinking, in the delusion that these are my goals that I must attain and to attain them I must prepare.
Are these your goals at all?
The goals are coming as a result of your conditioning, and all conditioning is nothing but a lack of understanding.
All conditioning is making somebody a slave.
So, it is like this, that I am a slave and I want to make the slave do a lot of things.
So, I condition him thoroughly and I condition him so deeply that he starts believing that what he is doing is his own desire.
The slave starts believing that what he is doing is his own desire whereas what he is doing is only what he has been programmed to do.
It’s like a computer starting to believe that it is functioning on its own.
No, it is not functioning on its own.
It has been programmed to function in a certain way.
And if the computer gets up and argues that, ‘Well Sir, I have certain goals to achieve, certain things to excel in, so I look towards the future’.
And the one who has programmed him is standing by and smiling at the success of his programming.
I just invite you to look at your own minds and thought processes.

Every goal is a desire, you understand that? How many of our goals are really ours? There would be so many amongst us who are sitting here purely because somebody else wanted them to pursue engineering.
There would be so many here who need a particular kind of job because somebody else expects them to get that kind of job.
There would be so many here who would be pursuing MBA after engineering purely because there are a couple of MBAs in their family.
How many of your goals are yours? You can understand that only when you become attentive to the processes of your mind and when become attentive to the processes of your mind, of all that which happens in this moment, and in this moment you find there are no goals.
It is alright once you have understood what you are doing, after that if you want to pursue it with all the vigor, effort and planning you are most welcome.
Firstly, for your own sake, see what you are pursuing.
Is it really yours?

For a five-year-old kid, it is understandable, he has not yet developed the physical framework in which intelligence can prosper, but you are around 18 years, 20 years old.
If you claim that you do not understand what is happening in your life, then you must understand.
It’s high time you understand because it is you who has to live your life, not the one who is conditioning you, not the one who is influencing you.
You and your intelligence, that’s it, nothing else.
These are not two things but one.

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Acharya Prashant (आचार्य प्रशान्त)
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