7 Tips to Successfully Stay on Track for Your Goals, Self-Improvement, and Personal Development

The #1 reason people do not reach a goal is because they slack off part-way, and allow their old habits to kick back into full gear. A goal is something that you strive toward, and in doing so, will make you into a better person.

A goal that you know how to reach is not a good goal. You should aim high in setting goals. This will end up developing you into a far greater being than you would have conceived possible. Not only will you have the immense gratification of eventually reaching your goal, but you will have also grown into a far more advanced individual, and you will be gaining much more pleasing results on a consistent basis. Your habits will probably change, your happiness will increase, and you will begin living a much better life having reached your goals.

Do you often find yourself setting goals, but consistently fail in reaching them? In attaining your goals and developing your own self, stick to these 7 principles so that you won’t end up losing sight of your goal, and falling back into your habitual, undesired, old way of life:

1) Get an Accountability Buddy

Having someone else to make sure you stay on track is vital to keep you pushing progress and constantly achieving success.

For a product I purchased one time, the premise behind it was that you would use its contents everyday for 90 days. Now, that may have sounded daunting to me, as I’m sure it would have to most, but after the initial consultation I had with a coach for that program, he said that he’d be phoning me at the 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day marks. This kept me motivated to use the program as directed so that I could bring him good news each time I talked to him.

Weight Watchers is a weight-loss program, and I know that the participants have a weekly meeting where them must weigh themselves to keep track of their results. When you have to stay accountable in your results and goals not only with yourself, but with someone else as well, you push extra hard to make sure you get the results you want and need. In this instance, if someone else sees that your weight has increased, you may fear the “evil eye” or a shake of the fist you might get from them. This pushes you, just like all other forms of accountability, to make sure you move as fast as you can in the direction of achievement and success.

2) Track Your Results

Humans are very result-oriented. They judge their lives off the results they’re getting and these results can either inspire them or deplete their motivation for working toward a specific goal. The more people see results going in a positive direction, the more motivated they are keep going to achieve more results. Write down and track your results, if at all possible. Look at your statistics often for whatever your goal is so that you can see the improvement that you’re making. (Remember, all goals should be measurable, so you should be able to track your improvement.)

3) Realize the “Why”

There are usually reasons behind a goal that ignite the fuel and push us to succeed. This may be as simple as realizing why you want the goal; this is something quite big, so don’t let it be overlooked. In fact, when you create a goal, you should write down at least 5 reasons for why you want your goal. These points will be what will drive you to make the goal come true. They will also create the reasoning for why you will be happy when such a point in time comes when you do reach your goal. The reasons behind a goal will help push you through the tough times and make you persevere to achieve ultimate success in the end.

4) Create Incentive for Reaching Your Goals

Other than thinking of “whys,” you could also create other physical incentives for reaching your goal.

I read in one fitness book, one time, that someone wanted to “run” from *Geographical Point A* to *Geographical Point B* in X amount of time. In other words, let’s say they wanted to use the treadmill or elliptical strider to go the equivalent distance between New York and L.A. over the time-frame of two years. To build the incentive for them to stick with their exercise regimen and to ensure they would ultimately reach their goal, they gave $500.00 to a friend to hold onto. If they made their goal by the finish date (which they did), they’d receive back the money and could use it however they’d see fit (eg. toward a major reward). If they didn’t make their goal by the finish date, the money would be donated to a certain charity that the runner chose in advance.

If you created further incentive for you to achieve the goal than simply the goal itself, this will help keep you constantly in the direction of achievement and success.

5) Reward Yourself for Your Progress

Create mini-milestones along the road to your goal and reward yourself for making it to certain points along the journey. Maybe if you want to lose 50 lbs, you’ll think of something that you can reward yourself with when you reach the 10 lbs off, 25 lbs off, and 40 lbs off marks. Reaching these milestones will have three positive implications: (1) You’ll be motivated by the reward to keep pushing yourself toward reaching the ultimate goal; (2) You’ll notice that your making progress in the right direction in the completion of these milestones; (3) You’ll be able to measure this progress and know how much more time it will approximately take to reach your next milestone or the completion of the entire goal. Creating mini-goals to help you succeed is a very good idea; often, people lose sight of their vision when they think of how massive their goal or fantasy is and compare it to where they are now and the circumstances they currently have. Success is progressively moving yourself in the direction of your goal; if you give up, you won’t be successful.

6) Analyze

Periodically, during the time it takes to reach your ultimate goal, take time to analyze, or reflect, upon three things: (1) What you are doing; (2) What’s working; (3) What’s not working. After you’ve taken care of these things, make the changes necessary which will help you reach your goal faster. People may get caught up in doing what they *think* they should be doing to reach their goal. Often, they won’t reflect on what they’re doing and this may significantly slow their progress or completely lead them off-course so that they will never ultimately reach their goal. Re-assess what you’re doing often so that you will be able to reach your goal faster and achieve a higher level of success in a shorter amount of time.

7) Enjoy the Process

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.” The same goes for setting and reaching goals; enjoy the process you will endure, regardless of the end result. Imagine this…

You set a long-term goal that you hope you’ll make in two years time. Throughout the two years, you keep doing everything you can to set yourself up for reaching the goal on-time. Your hard work pays off, and at the end of two years, you do reach that goal; however, you then realize you’ve just spent two years of your entire life not enjoying the process of ultimately reaching your goal. Even though this is the case, you may not be happy because of the unhappiness you subjected yourself to during those two years. You realize the past few years have flown right by, and even though you’ve achieved your goal, you wonder whether or the two years was worth it.

If you want to ensure that a two-year goal would be worth it (or a goal of any other amount of time), start enjoying the process that you have to go through to eventually get the end result. The more you enjoy it, the more you’ll want to continue in pursuit of that goal. Time is the one of the most valuable commodities man has. If you sacrifice a significant amount of your time with only the focus of getting your end result, you may end up quite frustrated that your life’s dwindled away in the pursuit of a certain goal. Enjoy the time you have and the process it takes to reach a goal; doing so will also make you happy

The moment you start following these principles, you will start attuning yourself to consistently following the right road to success! Aiming high in life should be natural; it’s aspiration. Don’t stick to living your current life of habitual results; constantly improve, and use these tips to help make and keep you a success.

Source by Matthew Cluff