Set a hard deadline that is realistic.
This is the only required step for achieving a goal. As long as the goal is achievable, you allocate enough time, and ensure that there is no way around it—it will happen.
- Do you want to be able to do 80 push-ups and you can only do 20? Set the goal in 6 months from now, sort out your eating and training habits, and you will make it happen.
- Are you eager to study programming and land a job? Allocate 18 months, study for a full-year, browse for the right way to get invited to interviews and you will get there.
- Are you interested in spending 3 months sunbathing on an exotic beach? Evaluate your career and income, set a goal, work hard, save cash, figure out where you can apply later. Done.
- Do you want to work for a remote company? Shortlist the companies, assess their requirements and expectations, set a deadline, study hard, keep in touch with company reps and make it happen.
As long as you do not aim for the stars over the next 2 weeks, achieving a goal is a matter of gaining the right skills or expertise and hitting the target.
There are some booster strategies that could help as well.
- Sharing your goal publicly or with your trusted inner circle will lead to a major disappointment if you procrastinate and fail.
- Giving $1,000 (or another lump sum that matters to you) to a friend that you would receive back only after the goal is achieved in time may help, too.
- Joining a community of others who aim for similar goals may be motivating as well.
People generally procrastinate because they are not laser-focused on their goals. They are lower on their list of priorities. They dream of a quick win without putting the time and effort into winning.
Transform your mindset and your goal would become a reality.