Success in life is one of the most popular all-time goals of most people. However, few really take actual steps towards achieving this success. Many don’t even bother to set concrete goals because of their fear of failure or their lack of faith in their own capabilities to achieve their goals.

No matter how much you currently have in your life, your career, relationship, or family you can always work for more. Setting goals to reach more is always the way to go. But first you should sit down and figure out what it is exactly that you want to work for. Then choose one and focus on that.

Creating your goals requires some amount of deliberation and for this, you will need to learn a few simple concepts to get you started.

The Basics of Setting Life Goals

Remember that just because you accomplish one goal doesn’t mean you should give up and settle for that. You should already have another goal in mind. Stay motivated and keep going. You are working towards ultimate success.

Now the second most crucial part of goal setting is to remember to break your goal into smaller more manageable pieces. If your goal is to run a marathon in 6 months. Well, it’s likely that you aren’t going to run all 26 miles in one day. So you will have to break it up and set smaller goals.

Like running 5 miles by the end of the first month, 10 by the second, 15 by the third, and so on. This way it motivates you to keep going every time you meet one of these milestones and get a boost of confidence.

This applies for all other kinds of life objectives as well, such as buying your very first house, reaching the top of the corporate ladder, sending your children to college and so on. For all aspects of life, the concept of setting several smaller goals in order to accomplish a bigger objective is the best way to achieve success.

You do have to make sure that your short-term goals are achievable within the time frame in your schedule. Otherwise, there’s a big chance that you will be discouraged especially if you miss your target by a huge margin.

Once you have formulated your goals, you should try your best to stay focused and keep your eyes on the target as much as possible. To help you do this, you can use the proven technique of reciting affirmations. These are short, easy to memorize sayings that you recite repeatedly to yourself each time you feel the threat of a negative emotion coming up.

Affirmations are very simple statements that you can make up on your own. You do have to make sure that you use a positive tone and that it will remind keep you focused on the good things in your life. An affirmation that you can use to keep focused on your goals is “I have self-discipline and I am capable of achieving my goals.”

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