6 Ways to Achieve Any Goal

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  1. Jeffrey Spencer says:

    Really enjoyed reading your article. I just learned 6- new ways to achieve my goals. My goals usually aren’t hard to set, just hard to follow through and achieve. Your article inspired me too look at my goals from a different angle, and hopefully I can reach more of my goals now. Thank you so much for the great info you provided to your readers. Jeffrey

    • Megan Pulvermacher says:

      Thanks Jeffrey! I’m confident you’ll be able to hit any goal you set for yourself — we’re always here to help!

  2. Johnathan Tarter says:

    I find this to be a very helpful and inspirational article. The methods you listed are definitely ways to achieve any goals you have in mind and will definitely create great success in people’s lives. Following the steps you listed is an excellent way to achieve your goals while keeping your mental and physical health intact.

    • Megan Pulvermacher says:

      So glad to hear that, Johnathan! Keeping a balance between mental and physical health can be so difficult — but not so bad if you have the right approach and good people around you!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Great read! One of the biggest things people struggle with is the “why”. Why am I doing this? Why do I need to do this? Why, Why, Why. It’s hard for most people to find their “why” when it comes to health and fitness. Sometimes the biggest enemy is the enemy is oneself. Self-motivation can be the biggest battle one faces in personal fitness and it’s good to know someone else is out there helping keep that dream alive.

    -Jeremy

    • Megan Pulvermacher says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Jeremy! I think “why” is definitely a difficult concept — difficult to write about and explain, too, haha. It took me forever to really find a why that was meaningful to me, but now that I’ve really connected with it, it makes all the difference. Thanks for stopping by — let’s keep keeping that dream alive :)

  4. Andrea says:

    Hey Megan– got any examples of some SMART workout goals?

    • Megan says:

      Great question Andrea! Here’s one example of a work-out goal one might set:

      I will be able to complete 10 standard push-ups (current high is 5) by the end of this month.

      S – We’re specifically working to improve our performance in push-ups.

      M – We can measure our progress by the number of reps we can complete before failure.

      A – This is a challenging, but attainable goal that can be achieved within a month when it’s being focused on.

      R – This goal is relevant to what we’re ultimately trying to achieve — overall health/mobility/leaner physique/chest strength.

      T – This goal is also time-bound, as we’re planning on achieving it by the end of the month.

      Hope this helps!! Feel free to run a goal you’re thinking of by me, and we can check to see how SMART it is :)

  5. Leo says:

    Great article Megan! Straight forward and very clear.
    I often fall short of my goals, or sometimes I am good at starting but never reach the finish line. The six ways are really good to follow and I will take this as my guide.
    I think i need your no. 2 and no. 6 guide, get a support system and never be satisfied.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Leo! I support system is SO important — and not always easy to find, especially if you’re setting out to do something that you’ve really never done before. It can be a big challenge, but once you surround yourself with the right people, it does make following through on your goals much easier.Good luck to you!

  6. Sylvia says:

    Hi Megan,
    I so enjoyed reading your 6 ways of achieving any goals.
    This has put me right to myself checking out if I am on target with my goals and if so what still can be improved, or should be re-considered.
    You certainly have left more than 6 ways in doing so :)
    I always appreciate quality articles helping me with whatever I need help with.
    Thanks
    Sylvia

    • Megan says:

      Awesome Sylvia! I’m so glad you found it helpful — I try to overdeliver if at all possible :) Evaluating and re-assessing our progress on goals can be frustrating, especially if we’re not moving along on them like we’d hoped….but it ultimately helps us to get where we want to go. Good luck on any goals you’ve set out for yourself — let me know if you ever have any questions!

  7. Sarah says:

    I see the advantage in never being satisfied in order to push ourselves farther in order to reach more. But I think that people discredit themselves this way and turn it into more of a perfectionist syndrome where they’re never happy with something, even if they did achieve their goals, thus not every feeling like they reached a goal because they don’t allow themselves the victory. How can someone draw the line on that?

    • Megan says:

      You make a great point Sarah! There are a lot of people out there who might frame that for themselves completely differently than I would. I think this would probably be the toughest at the beginning of any journey to self-improvement that somebody has begun — depending, again on the personality of the person and their overall mindset.

      I know when I accomplish a goal that I’ve set for myself, I get really excited, especially if it was a lofty one that I was 100% confident I would achieve. My confidence naturally grows as I go along, and I get more and more excited to set the next goal, because I have a stronger belief that I’m able to achieve it.

      For other people, depending on the goal, or how far they’ve come, they might find it daunting to have to move on and set another goal. I think this is where the other factors of “your why,” celebrating small victories and leaning on your support system – being those who are in your daily life, or connections made via social media outlets, really come into play.

      Breaking goals down into even smaller chunks within a similar time frame (ex. I will lose 5lbs this month vs. 10lbs this month), might be just the mental boost somebody would need to keep going. In the event a goal is weight loss or fitness related, the time it takes to achieve the long-term goal (ex. I will lose 75lbs this year) isn’t nearly as important as finding a way to simply keep going, since it’s a lifetime journey anyway.

      Thanks so much for your comment and posing an interesting discussion topic! I’d love to hear any strategies other readers have used to walk the line between never being satisfied and obsessing over perfection — it’s not an easy one, that’s for sure!

  8. Kyle says:

    Awesome post here! All of these ways to achieve a goal can be used in many different aspects of life. Personally I have a lot of goals I would like to achieve and with this article I am motivated to organize them. Thank you for this I will be using this as a resource in the future!

    • Megan says:

      So glad to hear you found these tips use useful, Kyle! It can be really overwhelming to get everything organized in a doable fashion — I hope you now feel better equipped to get where you want to go!

  9. Brandon says:

    Great article, Many goals seem so hard to accomplish yet they are so simple realistically. Really setting and completing goals is just having control of your mind and practicing how to use self discipline.

    These SMART goals are very important to understand as setting goals in this manner will definitely help a ton.

    #1 You have to be specific or your like a ship that lost its course and can wind up washed a shore.

    #2 If the goal is not measurable you will not be able to see results to drive your faith to keep pushing.

    #3 It also needs to be attainable or you will not believe whole heartedly that you can actually achieve your goals.

    #4 You need to always be focused on what you want and make sure that it is relevant and in line with the goal your trying to achieve.

    #5 Time – Work will expand to the time you give it, so give it a shorter time line and you will work faster to achieve it.

    Great way help people achieve their goals.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Brandon — I couldn’t agree more! When you have your SMART goals in place, you can really start getting things done! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. stu says:

    Great article. I use some of these suggestions when I create personal goals for myself, but I’ve never thought of using social media before. I have a Facebook, but don’t normally use it often. I’d be interested to see how it would affect my life in achieving my goals faster.

    Thanks!

    Stu

  11. Jim says:

    Great article Megan!

    I have been a long-standing self improvement nut, and while I’ve heard variations of this in the past, two things really jumped out and stuck:

    1) Really honing in on your “why”. Getting crisp on the benefits of achieving a goal (beyond the surface benefit) really helped me get clarity in my own fitness goals.

    2) Using social media to stick to my goals. What a great idea to engage the world, create a bit of social motivation, and connect with like minded people. Love it.

    Thanks so much for giving me some new insights today.
    Awesome.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Jim! I’m glad you were able to pull some new ideas from the post — I find that social media is definitely one of my main motivators. It’s so fun to connect with people striving for the same thing, and give you a whole new crop of people to draw information and ideas from :) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Jim says:

    Great article Megan!

    I have been a long-standing self improvement nut, and while I’ve heard variations of this in the past, two things really jumped out and stuck:

    1) Really honing in on your “why”. Getting crisp on the benefits of achieving a goal (beyond the surface benefit) really helped me get clarity in my own fitness goals.

    2) Using social media to stick to my goals. What a great idea to engage the world, create a bit of social motivation, and connect with like minded people. Love it.

    Thanks so much for giving me some new insights today.
    Awesome.

  13. Karl Lambert says:

    Wow. Very inspiring article. I’m very glad that I was able to read your post. It made me realize that every goals is achievable as long as you have plans on how to achieve it. This post is applicable to everyone and every point in our lives that we are dreaming to achieve or to become. I’m so happy I read your article. Thanks

    • Megan says:

      You bet Karl! If you work hard to control the controllables, it’s almost impossible to fail! It’s all about planning, consistency and persistence!

  14. Henry says:

    Greetings Megan,

    Now, that’s a big one! Fitness psychology & ways to build winning attitude – it’s game turner. In my opinion, I would highlight support system even more dramatically. Why? It’s no secret, vast majority of folks carry follower-type of mindsets & herd mentality – “Look over there! Someone brought a chocolate cake!” & your fitness plan is doomed in a second. Well, mine sure as hell was! 😀 Until I developed lone-wolf type of mindset, because my support system just sucked big time destroying my goals. This leads to yet another essential moment, which should be stated in big, fat, underlined & bold letters – Be selfish!!! Now, remember: Being dominant & being insecure are two very different things. It means, don’t be rude nor become tyrant, but let everybody know: You won’t intrude their lives, this ones here is yours, your choices & in your personal instance you are your own boss. If your path isn’t destructive, building an impervious status can be beneficial to turn you into champion. That being said, the one thing I would be extra careful & cautious about is Time-Bound goal: Every single one of us will hit plateaus at some point. This can either break you or make you. Trainees might get very easily discouraged if they superficially see 0 movement in their progress. But in the reality, it’s like two forces working, not against, but towards each other & in short words: Our body is taking a “break” for “balancing” itself, completing the “cycle” to reset the whole package & go full-throttle again. Also, overcoming injuries & there’s so much more to it. In overall, I’m impressed with this article. It’s realistic & on point. Thank you for your efforts & keep up the good spirit! :)

    Regards,
    Henry

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Henry! You make a great point about the time-bound aspect of a SMART goal. It’s totally possible that somebody could become very discouraged if they don’t meet the goal they’ve set within a certain time limit. Fitness is journey, and it’s a different road for everybody – and like you said, lots of things can happen – major life changes, injuries, big events, etc. I think the time-bound goals have a place, to keep us moving, but having a solid support system in place to help get through those tough times when thing don’t go as we hoped or planned is absolutely necessary to maintaining a positive mindset and staying the course. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, and great conversation points! Keep it real, Henry 😉

  15. Darren says:

    Really enjoyed reading your post on the “6 Ways To Achieve Any Goal”.

    I particularly liked the new insight you offered into the “why” when we decide we want to do something. We all come up with the obvious answers, but when you apply what you’ve mentioned here it opens up a whole new world of answers we don’t normally think about.

    Another point I really liked was about celebrating your victories. I know I’ve been guilty of being too hard on myself at times. I’m doing something, I’ve achieved milestones, but don’t take the time to celebrate them because I haven’t yet reached my end goal. I know this is a mistake, because it can make you look at the whole goal and process from a negative viewpoint, whereas celebrating even the smallest victories along the way, and recognising them as achievements, has the opposite effect and makes you feel positive about what you are doing.

    Thanks for sharing this great post.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Darren! I’m glad you were able to take away a few things that applied to your own journey. Oddly enough, finding the positives can be one of the toughest things to accomplish – even though positives are everywhere! We have a tendency to focus on our ultimate, long-term goal, and measure our progress only in relation to that huge goal, instead of focusing on being even just a liiiiiittle bit better than we were yesterday :)

  16. Viljoen says:

    Setting up goals and being able to measure them is very important if you want to achieve them. I agree with you on the point that you must celebrate if you have reached a specific goal and this is very important.

    We should also learn to keep ourselves accountable if we do not meet our own deadlines and “punish” ourselves if we miss it. As punishment we should skip a month of sushi. LOL

    • Megan says:

      Hahaha, Viljoen! I think a month without sushi would motivate just about anybody lol. Celebrations are definitely a must – maybe a month of NOTHING but sushi?? 😉

  17. Thomas says:

    Setting goals in life is one of the most important things to do. Without goals, there is no purpose and no challenge. You are absolutely right on the smart goal part of the article. It is not enough to set goals like I want to lose weight.

    This is a nice and inspiring article, and I was entertained all along. Thank you.

    Cheers,

    Thomas

  18. Andrey says:

    Nice article Megan. I especially like Set Attainable Goals
    where you have to set a small goal first before aim at big one. It’s like how to eat an elephant(green friendly :)) you need to divide it into small pieces and eat piece by piece.
    I would also add 7th goal (optional) If you set a goal and made as a rule strictly follow it then don’t be afraid to break the rule and still enjoy yourself instead of beat yourself up. Because Research showed people, who can truly move from a track for a short period most likely achieve their goals.

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