How to achieve your goals

What do I need to do to achieve my goals?

What you will get from this article:

  • Understand the best way to achieve your goals
  • Discover the 3 principles of instant transformation
  • Learn how to shift your mindset to better meet your objectives
  • Explore simple ways to solve problems that will open you up for more success

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Why can’t I achieve everything I set my mind to?

People who have reached some level of success know that the secret behind achieving goals is not in what you do to achieve them, but what you do when you fail – you keep trying. And if that doesn’t work, well, you try yet another thing. And on it goes. You keep pushing until eventually you create a breakthrough.

But what about those areas of life where you’ve pushed and pushed, tried and tried, but you can’t seem to overcome your problem? How do you achieve goals then? Here we’ll cover the three principles of instant transformation and strategies for tackling those persistent problems in your life. Once you understand how these three pillars function, then you’re on the path to moving past your current state of suffering and on your way toward accomplishing goals.

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How to achieve goals: The three pillars

1. What you resist, persists.

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What you resist persists. This notion might sound counterintuitive, but psychologists such as Carl Jung have shown it to be true. When you resist something, it suddenly becomes more attractive to you. Suddenly your whole nervous system wants it ten times more because anything forbidden and taboo is more exciting than something attainable.

There’s a simple example of this phenomenon in action: You ask someone else to not think about elephants. Then you ask them what they’re thinking about. That’s right, elephants!

Continue to resist something long enough and eventually you’ll want it so bad that it becomes an obsession. If your goal is to eat a sustainable health diet and you resist ever having a treat, you will soon want it so badly that you’ll ruin your entire plan with a binge.

2. Fighting with reality guarantees pain

In most areas of life, if you push long enough, change your approach enough times or try the right combination of strategies, you’ll be successful in achieving goals. But if you continue to push and there’s no change happening, it’s time to take a step back for some honest assessment. Shift your focus from how to achieve goals to what’s really happening. What’s holding you back? Is the problem you’re having internal or external? If you try to fight with reality by making it something different, all you’ll get is pain.

Maybe you’ve seen this phenomenon in the parenting world. Many parents get hung up on their children achieving goals and having a particular future, perhaps as a doctor or lawyer. Or maybe they perceive that their child’s interests or talents are different from what they really are and this leads them to have unrealistic expectations. The only way of knowing what that child’s future mission or career will be is to observe what unfolds in reality. And if the parents fight that reality, it will only cause them (and their kids) pain and frustration.

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3. Problems need energy to live

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The last principle comes naturally derived from the first two. If you’re pushing hard against something, it pushes back. You get upset and then try to push harder, but nothing’s moving. As Tony frequently says, where focus goes, energy flows and if you’re focusing on the problem, it will have more power. But here’s the thing: If you just let it be, it’ll fix itself.

That’s right – if you allow anything to be exactly as it is without trying to fix it, it will eventually complete itself. How’s that for achieving goals? Instead of focusing your energy on the problem that’s causing you stress and unhappiness, you could be using it to power aspects of your life you actually enjoy.

Sometimes the best way to solve something is to just let it go. If you let it go, you’ll also let go of your suffering.

Steps to achieve your goals

Step 1: Make sure your goals are SMART

How to achieve goals starts with setting the right type of goals. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and set in a Time Frame. Setting SMART goals makes them much easier to achieve.

Step 2: Visualize the desired outcome

Achieving goals doesn’t start in the physical word – it starts in your head. Visualize the outcome you desire, then think and behave like you’ve already achieved it. Feel how that success affects every part of your life.

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Step 3: Create a Massive Action Plan (MAP)

Every goal needs a roadmap. Create a Massive Action Plan that not only details your results and a sequence of activities, but also connects your purpose to the goal. When you align your emotions with achieving your goals, your goals will be much more powerful.

Step 4: Celebrate victories 

Don’t wait until you’ve reached the end of your goal to reward yourself. By celebrating small victories along the way, you’ll adopt an attitude of gratitude and make it easier to continue on your journey.

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