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Are You Using Goal Setting The Right Way?

By Guest Author On January 3, 2011 Under Setting Goals, Success Secrets

Setting goals is an important part of life, if you never have a goal to work towards then how do you know how much progress you are making? So goals are a great yardstick to show you how much progress you are making, if you are not happy with the progress you are making then at least you know and can put in extra effort to correct that, if you are making good progress then it is a way to show you that so you can feel motivated to carry on.

People tend to think of goal setting as a work related thing, but that is not true. You can set weight loss goals, goals for paying off debts even goals to watch a set amount of your favorite teams matches each year, they all help you in their own way.

Below are 3 tips to help you get the most out of goal setting:

Begin slowly: After reading all that above you might now be raring to set some goals and you then go and set 20 different goals in all different areas of your life, but if you do that you will have far too many to deal with and give up on all of them in the end out of frustration. It is much better to start off with just one goal you really want to achieve, then you get experience of dealing with goals, and once you achieve your first one then you know it works and you will be hooked.

Make smaller and larger goals: If you set goals which are too big then you are going to find they sap your motivation, if you want to lose a lot of weight and set your goal as losing 4 stone, then even if you lose a stone and are doing really well then it doesn’t seem like you are making much progress. If you set lots of small goals instead like losing 5 pounds, then a stone, then 2 stone etc until you reach your large goal, then suddenly you are achieving your goals and that feels good so you keep going.

Reward yourself: It feels great to achieve a really big goal, but if all you get at the end of that is to feel good and pat yourself on the back then that can be a bit of an anticlimax. Of course you could argue that by achieving your goal then you get the result of that as your reward, which could be a new slim figure or being debt free etc, yet you were expecting that so another different reward for achieving that goal will make achieving it feel even better and make you push harder to achieve it.

If you need something for your home like a nice new TV, instead of agonizing over whether to get it or not, just make that the reward for achieving your goal. You can even make the reward link into your goal, like if you want to lose a lot of weight then you will probably need new clothes when you hit your target, so make a clothes shopping spree the reward!

If your biggest goal is to get fit and healthy (which for most people it is) then check out this Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle review for details of a guide that can help you out.

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