12 Ways to Get Your Head In the Game & Finally Achieve Your Goals

If you’re ready to reach your goals once and for all, here are 12 ways to make it happen!

Setting the same goals again and again is frustrating. You know it should be relatively easy to achieve them, yet each time you try, you fall flat on your face and are left feeling more beaten and bruised than you did with your last attempt.

You tell yourself that if you could just get your head in the game, you can not only meet your goals and objectives, but possibly even go beyond them. With that thought in mind, here are 12 ways to get your head in the game and finally reach (and even exceed) both your short and long term goals:

#1 Figure out why your goal is important to you

It’s hard to stay motivated about something unless you are crystal clear about why it is you want it so badly. Create a list of the reasons your goal is important to you and keep it someplace where you can view it often. This will help remind you why you are taking actions to change.

#2 Create a plan

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Meeting a goal without having a plan in place as to how you intend to do it is like going into a championship game without setting up plays that will defeat the other team. Take the time to sit down and create a plan that will get you from where you are now to where you want to be and you’ll have a greater chance of achieving whatever it is that you want to achieve.

#3 Break it down into manageable pieces

Sometimes we fall short of our goals because they seem too big. We try to take on too much at one time and wind up feeling overwhelmed, making it easy to just give up. You can avoid all of this by simply breaking your goal down into smaller, more manageable pieces. For instance, instead of focusing on losing 50 pounds, go at it five pounds at a time. It will seem less daunting.

#4 Practice visualization

A great way to get your head in the game is to visualize your success. Imagine yourself making good choices and doing the things you need to do to achieve your goal. When you do this, you are training your mind to take these exact actions, making reaching your goal much easier than ever because you’ve given yourself the skills you need to succeed.

#5 Stay in the moment

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Beat yourself up over past decisions or worry about your future success and you’ll never achieve your goal. You won’t have time to because you’re too busy thinking about two points in time that you can’t control. Stay in the moment and take your goal one decision at a time and you’ll have more than enough time and energy to make things happen once and for all.

#6 Set up a support system

We all go through phases when we don’t have enough mental energy to keep moving forward. That is why you need a support system to pull you along when you just want to sit down in the middle of the road and declare that you can’t take one more step. Share your goal with a few trusted people in your life and ask them to keep encouraging and supporting you until you reach your goal.

#7 Focus on adding things versus taking them away

When you approach your goal from a position of deprivation (which is exactly what you do when you try to remove things from your life), you’re going to have a harder time reaching it. The reasoning is that you are going to be so busy mourning the things you’ve lost that you won’t have the drive to make the changes stick. However, if you meet your goals by adding things to your life instead (like eating more veggies or drinking more water for greater health), you’ll be more inclined to stick with them over the long haul.

#8 Act “As if”

Act as if you’ve already met your goal and that you just have to maintain it and you’ll feel as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You won’t have the energy drag typically associated with the goal reaching process and making positive changes will be easier than ever.

#9 Develop a mantra

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What you say to yourself repeatedly over time can make or break your goal achieving ability. In fact, if you want to achieve your goals in life, simply develop a mantra that supports that thought. My mantra is “I am healthy. I am strong. I am financially secure.” It has worked for me!

#10 Challenge yourself

If you’re a competitive person, challenge yourself to reach your short and long term goals by turning it into a game. See how quickly you can advance to the next ‘level’ and you’ll have more fun in the process.

#11 Set yourself up for success

It’s hard to stay motivated about meeting your goals and objectives if you feel constantly at odds with your environment. So, if you set things up to make positive choices easy, you’ll have an easier time. For instance, if your goal is to earn more money, have a babysitter on standby for times when overtime becomes available. If your goal is to eat healthier, always keep healthy snacks on hand and ready to eat so that grabbing them doesn’t take much thought or effort.

#12 Accept nothing less than success

If you truly want to achieve your goal once and for all, make a conscious decision to accept nothing less than success. Commit yourself one-hundred percent and don’t stop until you finally see it come to pass. Your perseverance will pay off.

Try these twelve ideas and get your head in the game so that you can meet, and possibly even exceed, your goals and objectives. It’s time!

About the author

Christina DeBusk

Changing careers mid-life from law enforcement to writing, Christina spends her days helping others enrich their businesses and personal lives one word at a time.

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