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Last Updated on May 13, 2021

How Setting Daily Goals Helps You Achieve Big Success

How Setting Daily Goals Helps You Achieve Big Success

Successful people “think” success all the time. That is why their goals are firmly lodged in their subconscious. While most believe that having a long-term goal is crucial to success, successful people understand that without small, daily goals, you will lose motivation quickly, and success will, in turn, become difficult to achieve.

In this article, we will look into the importance of setting daily goals and how to create goals that help you achieve success.

Benefits of Setting Daily Goals

The subconscious is brilliant at prioritizing. It listens to you and gauges from your thoughts what you think is the most important task. This means that what you think about most of the time is what the subconscious will think is the most important thing for you, and will try to find creative solutions.

If you think about problems, the subconscious will try to find more problems for you. If you think about solutions, goals, and dreams, it will try to make them come true.

However, the subconscious goes even further when trying to understand what you think is important; it “listens” to your feelings.

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It is enough to be positive and keep your thoughts on what you want, and you don’t have to go monitoring your thoughts all the time. It is enough to imbue your thoughts a few times a day with a powerful positive emotion when thinking about your goals. The more you can do it, the more powerful this exercise will be.

For many, reading their goals or making plans becomes a chore, something that fills them with negative emotions. This ruins the full potential of these activities; filling yourself with positive emotions while thinking about your goals will make them a lot more powerful.

With daily goals, you’re also much less likely to fall into procrastination. If you find that you struggle with this, check out Lifehack’s Fast-Track Class: No More Procrastination.

How to Set Daily Goals for Yourself

Over the last several years, I have been taught several exercises that can help you focus more on your goals and spend more time thinking about and feeling about them. What I want you to remember when doing these exercises is to have fun. Never see them as a chore—you are living your goals, and it is something to enjoy.

If you don’t feel uplifted at the thought of focusing on your goals, you might as well not do the exercise today. Do it tomorrow instead because it will do more harm than good if you are in the wrong mood when thinking about your goals.

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You can learn more about the art of setting goals here:

In my business, I constantly need to come up with new ways to improve efficiency, new ideas to test, and new subjects to teach. It takes a lot of creative work, and creative work has always been one of my weaker areas.

Every day, I get new ideas of things I can try out, products I can create, seminar subjects I can offer, and so on. All of them aren’t good, but when you throw enough mud against the wall, something will stick. And that is what my subconscious does—it feeds me idea after idea.

The method I use is also used by countless thousands around the world, and for everyone who has tried it, the effects have been incredible:

1. Write Down Your Daily Goals

Each morning, take a pen and a piece of paper and write down your 10 top goals. Don’t look at the day before; just think about what you want most, and write them down.

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2. Use the Present Tense

Remember to write each goal in the positive present tense, and set a deadline for each goal, just like you do when setting your long term and short term goals.

For example, you could set the goal, “I make 10,000 dollars per month in 2022.”)

3. Be Consistent

Do this for all 10 goals, and do it every day. With this habit, your mind will get used to having goals to work on.

In the beginning, writing down 10 goals might be difficult. Each day, they might look a bit different, and some of the goals you write never come back again.

If you forget a goal, it is because it wasn’t all that important and something more important has taken its place.

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What Difference Does It Make?

By starting your day setting your 10 top daily goals, you jump-start your creativity, which will motivate you for the rest of the day. You will have programmed yourself to focus on your goals and to move towards them and their completion.

What Will Happen to You?

If you do this, you will start to realize what is important to you. You’ll see which goals keep surfacing and which goals vanish.

You will know what you want, and you will find yourself presented with opportunities that you haven’t noticed before. You will be more creative in finding ideas and chances to make your dreams reality.

The Bottom Line

Having goals on a daily basis can change your life for the better. It will help you keep moving faster and faster towards your big goals and dreams.Set your goals and make having daily goals your good habit:

  1. Buy a notebook and a pen at your local bookstore.
  2. Start writing down 10 goals every morning, without looking at the day before.
  3. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and capitalize on them.

What’s next after setting your goals? Create a routine that will keep you stay on track with your larger goals and aspirations. Once you do this, nothing will be able to stop you.

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Daniel is the founder of Looking To Business.com. He writes about Motivation, Success and Time Management.

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Last Updated on June 9, 2021

Finally Reach Your Goal with the 6 A’s of Change

Finally Reach Your Goal with the 6 A’s of Change

Many of us set goals for ourselves at the start of each new year. Some of us choose to set specific goals such as losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date or decreasing the amount of carbonated drinks we intake.

While others choose more general, less specific goals such as be more organized, be healthier, or manage time better.

Whatever your goals or New Year’s resolutions are, there almost always seems to be the assumption that we won’t keep our New Year’s resolutions by the end of the year. Most of the changes we wish to make are positive habits we hope to incorporate and establish in our everyday lives. Your belief that these goals are not attainable may actually be influencing your ability to make a change.

Our problem is that we tend to focus on the obstacles that may be placed in front of us that can prevent or hinder our goal attainment rather than focusing on the actual process towards attaining those resolutions. Some models like the Stages of Change Model, also known as the Transtheoretical Model, are great guides to assist with understanding our levels of change.

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So, how do we ensure we meet our goals and resolutions before another ball drops (literally and figuratively)?

With the Six A’s of Change!

1. Awareness

As the old saying goes, the first step towards change is admitting that change is necessary. Being aware and acknowledging that change is needed is the first step towards tackling a goal. It takes strength to understand that change is needed. Believe it or not, some people don’t realize when change is needed. This change can be external while others can be internal. It truly takes a sense of mindfulness to become aware that change is warranted. Mindfulness practice can be beneficial establishing awareness towards needed changes in your life. If you are at this step, give yourself a pat on the back! You are one step closer towards your goal.

2. Assessment

If there is something in your life you wish to change on a permanent basis, it may be helpful to attempt to understand the origin.

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For example: let’s say you have a certain behavior you wish to change. Assessing where the behavior may stem from can be beneficial to your goal attainment. Sometimes, establishing an origin is difficult and/or impossible to achieve and that is ok, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

The key is to attempt to assess the origin. Sometimes the root of the problem or not knowing the root can hinder growth or progression towards goal attainment. In theraputic practice, this is known as a psychodynamic approach. If you are able to find an origin or contributor of behavior, it’s important not to identify origin of behavior as an excuse but to better understand where that behavior comes from so you can begin to work on tackling the behavior and the origin to assist with permanent results.

Another part of the assessment stage is to understand and assess your why! Why do you want or need this change? Determining your why will assist in keep you motivated towards change.

3. Accountability

Stay accountable! One way to keep yourself accountable towards your resolutions and goals are to write them down. Write your goals down some place you can see them every day. I like to carry around a notebook that are designated towards my catergorized goals. My goals range from financial goals, personal goals, and business related goals. Each month I re-assess my goals to ensure that the goals I made in January of a new year don’t end up transfering over into other months or worse, years!

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Another way to hold yourself accountable is to tell someone. Your close friends and family can’t hold you accountable towards your goals if you don’t tell them. Having a supportive environment is helpful when attempting to make change.

4. Activation

In the activation step you are taking action. Activate measurable actions towards change.

For example, your New Year’s resolution may be to “be more organized in the mornings.” Some action steps you may activate include going to bed earlier, making the bed in the morning, and planning and prepping meals or outfits before bed.

The activation stage should feel like homework. This is a cognitive behavioral approach in which you implement or activate measurable steps towards change. These are all measurable action steps that you can activate to establish adequate change in habits that will ultimately assist with your goal attainment.

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5. Analyze

Once you have activated measurable goals the next step is to analyze. Is everything in your activation step assisting with attaining your ultimate goal: “to be more organized in the mornings”?

If you ask any business owner or entreprenuer, analyzing results and outcome measures is key towards success. If you don’t assess analytics within your own goals it will be difficult to determine if adequate change has actually been made. Ask yourself, are there some additional action steps that need to be activated in order to truly attain change? Am I being held accountable? Could I be doing more?

6. Attain

Lastly, attain! Ensure that you are not only obtaining the necessary activation steps but that you have attained your initial goal successfully. If you need to go back to step 5, that is ok. In this step, you have established adequate change and are sure that you have attained your goal(s).

So, there you have it, The 6 A’s of Change: Awareness, Assessment, Accountablity, Activation, Analyze, and Attain! Don’t be afraid of change! There is often a negative connotation that comes with the thought of change. However, change is truly the only thing in this world that remains constant. Let’s make 2017 the year we actually keep our New Year resolutions. Always remember, “Change begins in your mind.”

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