Setting a goal is easy; just pick something that sounds good; perhaps write it down and be on your way; got that out of the way.
Setting a goal this way is a good way to ensure that you will repeat the setting of the same goal over and over again without ever making any progress toward accomplishing that goal.
When setting a goal that you truly intend to meet, you must first believe in the goal. You must believe that you will accomplish your aim; your heart and soul must be in this goal.
You must then break your goal down. If it's a year- long goal, break it down by months or weeks or even days; if it's a month long goal break it down into weeks, then days. Remember everything is easier to swallow one bite at a time.
This reminds me of the Shel Silverstein poem, Melinda Mae, the girl who ate a whole whale because she said she would. It took her 89 years, but she did it bite by bite and accomplished her goal.
Once your goal is set and broken down, you must take action. You must take action every single day; attacking your tasks with focus and fervor as you see your goals coming closer into sight with each step you take.
Your goal must never be far from your view. Post it on the bathroom mirror; on the fridge; on your computer; next to your bed; memorize it; make it your mantra. Your goal will become a part of your being; your actions will become your habit; and you will reach your goal....every time.
If you don't truly believe you can do it, you won't. If you don't take time to envision each step you are taking, you'll trip and tumble down. If you do nothing but write the words down; words that impress; words that promote; words that have no meaning to you, your goals are simply words, not actions, and those words are wasted.
Whether endeavoring to lose weight, get promoted, overcome an obstacle, start new career, change a pattern, learn something new or anything else, embrace your goal, believe it, cut it up into bite sized pieces and get the job done, one day at a time.
It isn't easy, but how glorious it feels to meet your goal. If for only a brief time, you feel as though you have reached the summit and there is nothing more you'd like to reach for. But then you see an even higher point with an even more beautiful vista, and you start the climb again at the very bottom, but you know wrung by wrung you will be closer, and this time you know what that rush of getting to the top feels like; so you pick up the pace and make better time. And you know you have what it takes to make it there even if you encounter bad weather or big obstacles. Over and out...