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How to set more realistic goals

Setting realistic goals is important to ensure that they are achievable and sustainable. Here are some tips to help you set more realistic goals:

  • Break it down: Instead of setting one large, ambitious goal, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This makes the overall goal seem less overwhelming and allows you to focus on specific, achievable steps.

  • Specific and measurable: Make your goals specific and measurable. Rather than a vague goal like "exercise more," set a specific target, such as "exercise for 30 minutes three times a week." This way, you can easily track your progress.

  • Consider your resources: Take stock of the resources available to you, including time, money, and skills. Be realistic about what you can accomplish with the resources you have.

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How to set more realistic goals

  • Prioritise: Identify the most important goals and focus on them first. Trying to achieve too much at once can lead to burnout and frustration. Prioritising allows you to allocate your energy and efforts effectively.

  • Be aware of your limitations: Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Setting goals that align with your abilities increases the likelihood of success. Recognise your limitations and be willing to adjust your goals accordingly.

  • Set deadlines: Assign realistic deadlines to your goals. Having a timeline helps create a sense of urgency and provides structure to your efforts. However, ensure that the deadlines are achievable based on your schedule and commitments.

  • Seek feedback: Share your goals with others and seek feedback. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help you assess the feasibility of your goals and provide valuable insights.

  • Celebrate small victories: Acknowledge and celebrate the small achievements along the way. This helps maintain motivation and reinforces the belief that progress is being made.

  • Adjust as needed: It's essential to be flexible with your goals. Life is dynamic, and circumstances may change. If needed, be willing to adjust your goals to better align with your current situation.

  • Learn from setbacks: If you encounter setbacks or obstacles, view them as learning opportunities. Analyse what went wrong, adjust your approach, and use the experience to improve your goal-setting process.

By incorporating these strategies, you can develop a more realistic and achievable set of goals that align with your capabilities and circumstances. Need more support? We are a professional accredited coaching company - get in touch


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