While it may be easy enough to know what goal you want to achieve, actually getting it done is another matter. The perennial example is The Diet… which always starts tomorrow. While you may sincerely want to lose weight, if you are like most folks, there is a disconnect between your wishes and your actions.
Is there an easy way to achieve your goals?
Yes! And it’s as easy as grabbing your calendar.
By writing down the date that you target to achieve your goal, you make achieving success much more likely.
When outlining your goals, don’t just write down a wish list. Give yourself a time frame for achieving them, because without any kind of deadline your goal will always remain abstract.
Write down a deadline by which you plan to see results. Make your deadline realistic, taking into account any possible delays. While you shouldn’t set the bar too high (avoid unrealistic expectations), don’t make it too easy either. Challenge yourself, and when you see tangible results, your satisfaction will encourage you to achieve more. Think of the words of General George Patton,
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
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Douglas Goldstein, co-author of Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You A Grandmaster of Investing, is an avid chess fan, international investment advisor and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).