Research – Do your homework


Do you have a list of personal goals that motivate you to move forward in life?  These goals are the impetus for every journey you take.    This is the reason why it is important to set them before heading to any direction.    

Setting a goal is one thing and seeing it fulfilled is another.    It ceases to be a goal if you already know how to achieve it.    Your goal serves as your inspiration.    It is the drive you need to fulfil your aspirations.    Watching your ideas materialise before your eyes can be the boost you need to ensure success.


How do you make sure that your formulated goals or what you have set your mind to achieve will come into reality successfully?   Here are some tips to help you get started in researching your goals in more depth.

  • Make a list – Declutter your brain by taking out all the things you would like to accomplish.    Write them down to make sure you are not missing anything.    The process of writing them down slows things down.   It does not mean, however, you need to accomplish them all.   As you look at the list and say to yourself “this is a picture of my world”, your goals should align with that picture.    This is why you should do your homework, in preparation for deciding which on your list are mission critical. 
  • Break it up – Many people abandon their goals when they see its magnitude.    Creating smaller sub-goal is especially important if your goal is big, demanding, or will take too long to accomplish.    Divide your goal into smaller chunks while learning more yourself about how to tackle each project.  “Keep calm and take one step at a time” this will to get you closer to the finish line.
  • Create an action plan – You cannot sleepwalk through your goals or be a mere spectator as they take shape before your eyes.    You can never be so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan the steps needed to accomplish them.    Setting a strategic schedule will help you see if you are making progress.    It will also make it easier to make the adjustments needed to attain your ultimate goal.   Without an action plan to guide you, you may be inclined to put things off.   
  • Stick to your goal – Regardless of what your plans are, keep in mind that your goals remain the same.    Create reminders to help you stay focused, and make time to review how far you have gone towards achieving your goals.    Your action plan can change significantly, but make sure it always leads to your end destination.    Keep the relevance, value and necessity high to motivate you in working towards what you  envisioned in “a picture of my world” when you set your goals.
  • Practice self-discipline – No goal can ever be achieved if you lack discipline.    All your plans become useless if you don’t have the right habits that foster discipline.    You need to establish order and organization to keep you focused and in control of things even amidst chaos.    At times, your goals may beat you out of sanity, but if you have the discipline to keep things in order, success is just around the corner.
  • Minimize distractions – Life offers many distractions which can pull you in multiple directions.    You may veer off-course and move from one tangent to the next. Distractions may hamper you in terms of achieving your goals.   You need to lessen or eliminate the distractions preventing you from being focused.     This highlights the importance of identifying the source os any distractions.    Whether it is excessive socializing, family commitments or chatting in social media, you need to do your best to minimise the distractions that are eating away at your schedule.
  • Evaluate your progress regularly – Time-bound goals can be evaluated to help you track your progress.    Being consistent in tracking your goals makes it easier to follow through and make adjustments when necessary.     Make sure you have some way of tracking your progress as far as your goals are concerned. 
  • Anticipate possible failure – Failure can be expected when trying to achieve goals. Many goal-setters forget to anticipate failure, making it far more difficult to handle when it happens.   If, however, you anticipate failure, it can help you to cope better and adjust your plans as needed.   Even the most successful people have experienced failure, but they used it as their stepping stone.    Like the, you need to develop a contingency plan, a ‘what if’ plan.   You may go off track but contingency plans should help you refocus and continue moving towards reaching your goals.
  • Be flexible in readjusting your approach – If your evaluation leads you to the realization that you are ‘off course’, it may be time to modify your approach.    Try new things when the original plan does not work or does not give the results you expected. Maybe you need to consider new factors in reaching your goals.    Remember, nothing is constant except change, so you need to be flexible and be willing to change with the times.
  • Get help – Sometimes your goals may simply be too big to accomplish all by yourself. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but it shows your determination to achieve your goals.    You are just being realistic that it is difficult to go after your goals without help. Find your support network from your family, friends, or your community, or from websites about self-discovery, such as One Life by Design.



I am hoping that the quotes that you see above will provide some inspiration.   Set goals that make you feel fabulous, energised and rearing to go.    I don’t know who wrote it but I love the energy it sends out.    The second quote by Jill Koenig is just what you need to remind you to make time to achieve your goal.     To actively set time, daily, for your own success.     I found this indispensable when planning my daily work schedule.   

You should take it and pin it on your wall.   Put it somewhere that you can see it where it.    If put it over a graphic image that made me feel strong and motivated.   I look at it everyday!  It should be part of your daily routine.   

Goal setting is more than having an aspiration that you want something to happen.   You have to undertake in-depth research and do your homework.    Make sure that you clearly define what you want and why you want to achieve it in the first place.   Whether you are deciding to write a book, loose weight or buy your first house, always keep in mind that these tasks count as mini goals.   You can achieve whatever you want if you plan carefully