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How to Set Goals and Achieve Them: 7 Tips for Goal Setting

How to Set Goals & Achieve Them: 7 Tips for Goal Setting

In the words of Lao Tzu, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” Our mindset is the cornerstone of change in our lives. The way we perceive and believe shapes our reality. Here are seven tips to help you cultivate the right mindset and framework for successful goal setting.

  1. Mindset Matters:

   Start with your mindset. If you can dream it, anything is possible. Your thoughts hold immense power in determining your success. Choosing to embrace positive self-talk and self-compassion, especially during challenges will serve as a great benefit.

  1. Accountability:

   Recognize that one part affects the whole. Take responsibility for your life. While external factors may contribute to your situation, focus on what’s within your control. Personal responsibility is the key to empowerment.

  1. SMART Goals:

   Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Use the SMART method for goal setting:

  • Specific: Clearly state your goal.
  • Measurable: Define how much, how many, how far, or how often.
  • Attainable: Consider external resources and support.
  • Realistic: Ensure your goal is safe and obtainable.
  • Timely: Set an end date and time limits.
  • Accountability (optional): Have a partner and establish when and how often you’ll connect.
  1. Overcoming Complacency:

   Embrace your emotions and explore their deeper truths. When feeling stuck, take a mindful pause. Nonjudgmentally assess the root cause and focus on finding a solution. Avoid wasting energy on frustration and going down a rabbit hole.

  1. Mindfulness:

   Be fully present in the moment without passing judgment. Strengthen your willpower and be aware of the ripple effect of your actions. Take mindful pauses during challenging moments to assess your choices and replace them with a healthier option.

  1. Healthy Habits:

  Ever heard the myth that it takes 21-days for habit formation? There is no magic number for habit formation,  instead follow these 2 best practices:

   – Create simple habits: Build repetition with frequent, simpler habits.

   – Habit-friendly environment: Set cues or reminders to prompt desired behaviors.

  1. Planning Ahead for Obstacles:

   Acknowledge co-behaviors that may hinder your progress. Co-behaviors typically refer to behaviors that occur simultaneously or in conjunction with each other. While you can’t control everything, address factors within your scope. Plan ahead for potential obstacles to stay on track.

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Shauntel Howard, MSHI, BSN, RN, CHC

Founder | Chart Lyfe LLC

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2 thoughts on “How to Set Goals and Achieve Them: 7 Tips for Goal Setting

  1. Hi there! This post could not be written much better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I am going to send this post to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a great read. I appreciate you for

    1. chartlyfe says:

      Hi Edward, thank you for the kind words and thanks for sharing. Glad you found it insightful!

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