GP: Achieving Your Life Goals in 2014


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Everyone has goals, whether we realize it or not. Your goal may simply be to do well within your current job, be a better parent, or increase the amount of exercise you’re doing, or it could be a bigger life goal; something you have been planning to do for a very long time but just never found the right moment or enough enthusiasm. After all, it’s never gonna happen, right?


Well, why not make 2014 the year that you finally decide to do something about it and achieve at least one of the major life goals you set yourself. Something like finally purchasing the house of your dreams rather than living in a rental property may seem like an impossible dream, particularly if you have no savings or are struggling to find a mortgage provider. However, by setting yourself realistic ‘mini-goals’ to aim towards you’ll find yourself one step further, which has got to be better than doing nothing at all.


For example, doing some research into finding a mortgage provider that will meet your needs is a great first step to buying the property of your dreams, finding a provider whose motto is; ‘BANK SAYS NO! WE SAY YES!’ is a fantastic start and will get you well on your way to achieving your home owning dreams.


There are many other ways you can start achieving life goals during 2014 and the biggest hurdles to overcome aren’t usually financial or personal, it’s just knowing where to start. So just how do you get started?


Be specific

In order to reach your goal, you must be completely focused on what you want to achieve. Be specific with facts, figures and dates, this will help keep you on track. Avoid using words like ‘a little bit’ or ‘probably’ – if you want to save $400 per month because that’s what you’ll need to purchase the car of your dreams in one year, then make sure you’re clear on that.


Break it into sizeable chunks

If your goal is particularly big or life changing, then it’s best to break it down into smaller more manageable targets you need to achieve first in order to reach your ultimate goal. Create a monthly/quarterly/annual plan, all designed to help you reach that ambition. You could even break it down even further by creating a daily ‘to do’ list of things you should be doing to work towards each mini goal.


Regularly Review Progress

It’s very easy to lose sight of your original goal soon after starting this process, achieving life long ambitions is hard work, challenging and requires a great deal of effort. Settling back into your old ways can be very tempting. However, you must not give up!


Regularly remind yourself how much you want this thing, how well you’ve already done, and how much you’ve already achieved by regularly reviewing your daily to-do lists, plans and goals. Modify them as you go along to reflect any changing circumstances.

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84


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