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Setting goals is a great way to create momentum for better performance, long-term vision and ultimately success. However, writing down a goal and actually following through to achievement are two different things. Instead of giving up on a goal, consider adjusting your approach so you are able to attain it. Here are some ways you can adjust your goals to make them happen.

Write down your goal. If you haven’t already, make sure you have written down your goal. Get specific. State the goal, spell out what achievement looks like and select a date by when you want to achieve it. Then, put it in a place where you can see it — tape it to your bathroom mirror, stick it in your journal, change your screensaver on your computer or phone. Seeing your goal every day will remind you of what you want to achieve.

Create a plan. After you write down your goal, think about how you are going to achieve it. Take some time to create a plan, and then take the first step toward your goal. Sometimes, even the best intentions can get thwarted. If you have a plan in place on how to achieve your goals, you can be prepared for situations that might take you off course. Each day, think about your plan and put it into action.

Set mini-goals. Be careful of an all-or-nothing approach when trying to reach your goals. Chances are as you set to reach your ultimate goal, you will need to try something new or swap out one habit for another. Create a list of milestones that will lead to achieving your ultimate goal and then set out to complete them. As you begin to check each of these mini-goals off your list, you will gain momentum, giving you a better chance of reaching your final destination.

Get your attitude in check. Sometimes the biggest obstacle in trying to achieve a goal is one’s self. If you are getting frustrated or feel like your goal is unattainable, it’s time to take a break, reassess and reset. Stay away from the negative phrases and focus on all of the positive elements of setting and achieving your goal.

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