Put in the effort to achieve your goals

We all set goals, writes Samuel Edwards for Inc., but how many of us put in the work to achieve them? Here are a few tips:

  • Set reasonable expectations. It’s OK to set goals that seem unreasonable, but make sure to allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to get the job done. Setting minigoals to meet over a period of time will help you work toward your larger, ultimate goal.
  • Create a timeline. Now that you’ve made all these goals, figure out the best time frame to complete them in. If necessary, spread your minigoals out over weeks, months or years. Giving yourself a deadline will also increase your motivation.
  • Hold yourself accountable. Once you map out a timeline for your goals, you need to ensure you actually meet them. Getting others involved is a great way to stay motivated. You can also set a series of rewards for when you reach different milestones. This will keep you motivated as you work toward your core goal.
  • Stay inspired. As you’re working tirelessly toward your goal, it can be easy to lose sight of why you set the goal in the first place. Make an effort to remember what inspired you to make this goal. Experiment with different methods such as motivational playlists, collage boards and motivational posters. Anything that will help you stay on track is beneficial.

— Adapted from “5 Steps to Turn Any Goal Into an Achievable One,” Samuel Edwards, Inc.