How to Achieve Your Goals - Step-by-Step Directions

How to Get What You Want

Ever since I was young, I have directed the course of my life. I noticed something that I wanted, and I took the steps to get what I wanted. There were times I floundered, not because I was having trouble getting what I wanted, but because I was having trouble deciding what I wanted. To me, the decision-making is the hardest part. Once you know what you want, it is fairly easy to get what you want. Follow these step-by-step directions and you will be able to get what you want in life.

Step #1 - Set Your Goal

The first step in getting what you want is to decide what it is that you want. It seems very simple, but a lot of people go through life wondering why they can't get what they want, when they really don't know what they want.

Following the steps to pursuing a goal is easy once you decide your goal.
Following the steps to pursuing a goal is easy once you decide your goal. | Source

Do you want to go to college, graduate early, buy a car, buy a home, get a promotion, telecommute, retire early, build up a savings account, travel the world, become a foster parent, be successful in your career, or become a writer?

I did all of those things, but not all at the same time of course. The key is to focus on one or two goals at a time.

You may decide to spend time with your sister, lose weight, or get married. The goal can be as big or as small as you want it to be, but realize that it will be your focus until you achieve it. It must be strong enough that you can commit to the goal until you have achieved it.

You will be able to specify deadlines for some of your goals, but others will be changes you make for your whole life. When you decide to live healthy, frugally, or conscious of the environment, you will need to take steps every day for the rest of your life.

You may only have a few steps to take to get what you want, or you may not know all the steps you need to take, but by starting and following through, you will be able to follow your dreams and get exactly what you want.
You may only have a few steps to take to get what you want, or you may not know all the steps you need to take, but by starting and following through, you will be able to follow your dreams and get exactly what you want. | Source

Step #2 - Figure Out the Steps You Need to Take

Once you have made your decision about what you want, the rest of it comes pretty easy. The second step is to decide what you will need to do in order to get it. It is all right if you don't know what you need to do. Simply ask someone who has already done it, and they will likely tell you what you need to do. You might even want to get advice from more than one person to get a variety of perspectives.

Some goals are really easy to reach. Simply ask someone for something, get in line, or fill out the right form.

Other goals will require you to do some things ahead of time. If you want to buy a house, you will want to make sure you have a good credit record, and save up enough money for a down payment. Not all of your goals will require a financial action plan. If you want to become a foster parent, you will need to take some classes and get a safety inspection done on your home.

Figure out what you need to do, and plan out how you are going to do these things.

Step #3 - Follow the Action Plan

The next step is to simply follow the action plan that you have laid out for yourself. If you have a quick short-term goal, it will be easy to just follow the steps and get what you want.

If your goal is longer-term, you may encounter some obstacles. You need to watch out for these obstacles and find ways to overcome them so that you can get what you want.

Choose the steps you want to take and stay on them until you reach your destination.
Choose the steps you want to take and stay on them until you reach your destination. | Source

Obstacle #1 - Changing Goals

The biggest obstacle I have seen is conflicting goals. People decide they want a big screen television and set about saving money for it. Then, they notice that their neighbor has new furniture, so they use their savings for that instead. They still want a big screen television, and now are unhappy that they do not have what they want.

It is very important to stay committed to your goals. It may seem like you should be able to change your goal in midstream. You can, but you need to remember that by buying the furniture, you are either giving up or delaying your original goal of a big screen television. Since you didn't even have the goal of buying furniture, chances are, the television was a bigger one, and you will probably regret not getting it. Stay focused until you get the TV and then work on the furniture.

Obstacle #2- Unnecessary Rules

One of my goals after I graduated from college was to learn to drive. I didn't have a car, so I took a Driver's Education class. Unfortunately, you could not use the teacher’s car to get your license. Since I didn't have access to a car, I could have given up, but this goal was too important. I decided to get creative and buy a car first, and then use it to take the test and get my get my license.

There really isn't a rule that required me to follow the proper order of getting a license first before getting a car. I thought the steps had to be taken in order, but they didn't. I thought I would have to save up to buy a car, but I was able to get a car with no money down.

Getting the actual facts instead of relying on what you think you know will help you find a way around this obstacle.

Obstacle #3 - Trying to Do it Alone

There are many goals that are easier to reach when you have help. If you accept the advice of others who have gone down a path, you will be able to learn from their mistakes without having to make them yourself. I needed the help of a friend to practice driving in order to pass the driving test and get my license. I wasn't allowed to practice alone.

Sometimes following your dreams do not require you to exert energy to go upstairs. Sometimes the steps will be easy and you will be able to run down the steps, or slide down the bannister.
Sometimes following your dreams do not require you to exert energy to go upstairs. Sometimes the steps will be easy and you will be able to run down the steps, or slide down the bannister. | Source

Obstacle #4 - Life Happens

Sometimes there are obstacles everywhere you turn. When I decided to buy a house, I knew I could only afford to buy a duplex. That way, I could rent out the other side and get help in buying the house. In order to save money, I tried to get into the HUD auctions. It turned out that every duplex I bid on was taken off the market for some community project.

I decided to keep building my savings to get a single family house. Then, I got pregnant, and my savings for a down payment went towards paying for medical bills. Then, I decided to go after my Masters Degree. I thought I could still buy a house, but I did not have the time and energy to look for a house, go to school, and take care of my infant daughter.

After I got my Master's Degree, I still had difficulty getting a house. I bid on two houses that were taken off the market. I could have sued them, and insisted that they sell to me, but I decided I didn't want those particular houses bad enough. My real estate agent was insistent that we keep looking until I find a house. It turned out for the best, because as soon as we walked into this house, I could hear angels singing in my head. A quilter lived here, and it felt like home. This was the house that was meant to be my home.

Obstacle #5 - Plan B

Many people will tell you that having a Plan B is a good thing. If you can't get what you originally wanted, have a backup plan ready. I disagree. Having a backup plan is actually what will keep you from getting what you want. Plan B makes it too easy for you to take the path of least resistance.

This doesn't mean you have to follow your plan rigidly. You may have to make some adjustments to meet your Plan A. The key is to properly identify Plan A and make it happen. If your goal is to have dinner with your sister, and the restaurant line is too long, you can go to another restaurant and still meet Plan A. If your goal was to eat at that restaurant, then you must be willing to wait in line, or choose a different day to return to the restaurant. Stay focused on Plan A and you can get what you really want.

Obstacle #6 - Mistakes

Chances are pretty good that you are blazing a new trail for yourself as you go after your latest goal. Since you've never done it before, you are bound to make mistakes. You may take the wrong advice and go down the wrong path. You may spend more than you needed to, or do something the hard way when there was an easier way. You may even fail your diet and eat a whole cheesecake.

Whatever you did wrong, forgive yourself, and step back on the right path. Mistakes are to be expected, and by forgiving yourself, you don't waste time with remorse and regret. You can quickly get back on the stairs and keep climbing.

Step #4 - Celebrate Your Success

I am confident that when you are passionate about your goal, you will easily identify and successfully manage to take the steps it takes to reach them, regardless of the obstacles you face on your path. Once you have reached your goal, celebrate your success. In fact, the more obstacles you had to overcome, the more proud you will be that you were able to succeed.

Then plan out your next goal. By choosing your goals, you choose the direction of your life, and feel much more fulfilled. Be confident and move forward.



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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

You're quite welcome.


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Availiasvision 4 years ago from California

Thanks Millionaire Tips for being so helpful to the newbies.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Availiavision. The dividers are from a graphics program (Art Explosion 300,000). When I bought it, I got the license to use the images however I wanted. You may be able to get graphics for free online or create your own. Just put them in your hubs where you normally would use a photo. I agree, copyright is confusing. Here's my understanding on YouTube videos, based on what I've read in the forums, but I am not sure that they are right: When you look at a YouTube video, look for a share button. If it is there, you are allowed to copy the link to HubPages. If it isn't there, you can't use it.


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Availiasvision 4 years ago from California

I am fairly new to hubpages and have a question. Firstly, I love the layout of this hub, how you colorfully divided the sections. Also, great use of media as far as pictures and video. If you want to post youtube videos on a hub, do you need permission from the creator of the video? Or, because people can click on the video and it directs them to that person's youtube page, there is no copyright issue. How about a movie trailer? Are they fair game? Libraries could be filled with copyright law. I'm just trying to figure it out and follow the rules. Thanks!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks weestro. I hope you get exactly what you want with these directions!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Wow, what a well written, organized hub. Enjoyed it, voted up, awesome, and interesting!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks livingpah2004 - I agree, deciding on the goal is the hardest, but it is really important to have one, because otherwise you wind up envying everyone else who are able to succeed and get what they want.


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

For me setting a goal is the hardest part. I like your step by step instructions. Shared and voted up!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you SanneL for your compliments, votes and share! Much appreciated.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Very inspirational hub with great advice!

Voted up. Thanks for SHARING!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you healthwealthmusic. It is possible to get everything you want (well reasonable things anyway) when you are willing to make the plan and the effort.


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healthwealthmusic 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

Well laid out, and very true! Thank you for this awesome hub - I am going to try out the sharing technique that you explained in one of your other hubs ;) This hub is definitely worth sharing!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Stephanie. I believe it is completely possible to get what you want if you are willing to go after it.


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stephaniedas 4 years ago from Miami, US

So inspirational. Great hub, voted up! Nice video too!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Great Simone! Pursuing goals are a lot of fun - that's why once I achieve one, I've got another one ready to pursue next!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Love this. I feel quite inspired!!! Though... I think I enjoy pursuing goals more than I enjoy achieving them :D


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you injured lamb. You're welcome - I hope this hub helps you get you want you want.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Read through, noted, and thumbs up! Thanks again for another great hub that shared...


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for visiting and commenting CloudExplorer. I hadn't thought about people not really wanting the responsibility of what they wanted. I can see that sometimes the fear of success will keep you from going after your dreams. I know many people who don't want a promotion, for example, because they don't want the responsibility that goes along with it.

To become a millionaire though, you can simply work on earning more money, spending less, and investing wisely. Since you are earning it slowly (instead of winning a lottery for example), most people will not even know you are doing it, and your life does not have to change in any drastic way. It will change your point of view - you will just know that you have the financial security to handle obstacles and maybe even go after some of your bigger dreams, but it doesn't have to be problematic.

Oh and if it does become problematic, you can give it all to me. I would hate for you to have to suffer like that. LOL


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Yes indeed I have done many of these things to achieve my daily and future goals of what I wanted. I love how you illustrated your imagery for this hub. I loved the obstacles parts mostly, because many big dreamers forget that part, but also people mostly aren't willing to take full responsibility once they achieve something, they once thought they wanted.

To me that's been the huge issue I've had in getting what I wanted, and not the getting or receiving part itself, my troubles were always, what do I do once I get such things, and that falls into the ballpark of your decision making part you've expressed here.

Your 100% correct on every part of your hub, when it comes to the decision making factors, and people choosing an alternate path which opposes their goal of attaining something.

Awesome hub MillionaireTips as always, I wonder what I would do, if one day I found out I was a millionaire, what would I even do with such monenies?

LOL, this is always been the thoughts on my mind while thinking about what I wanted, and I don't think money will solve my issues, it make bring more problems my direction, and so I don't wish for that to come so swiftly, I just wish I can learn to handle all the pressure it will surely bring in if such an occurrence we're to happen.

Oh and thanks for your insightful comment recently, I truly appreciated it voted up & away.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you GoodLady for reading, complimenting, commenting, and voting. Choosing what you want is the hardest part, since most people want to do everything all at once.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Helpful, analytical, practical advice!

As always, it's a lovely looking Hub too.

Thanks.

Voted up etc.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you michabelle - having the confidence you can do what you want gives you the motivation to follow the steps.


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michabelle 4 years ago

Very inspiring. Nice hub!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you vasantha T k. I liked the pictures of the steps as well, and even took two of them. That's a great summary. Sometimes you don't even have to jump over the hurdles, you can go around or under.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you alocsin for reading, commenting, and voting. I hadn't been thinking about writing goals when I wrote this, but you're right, it would work for all goals, including writing.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks roanna - it is easy, but I am amazed at the number of people who don't make any goals.


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vasantha T k 4 years ago from Bangalore

I liked the pictures of steps. Very informative hub. To achieve goals one has plan ,work towards it and cross hurdles.Best wishes.


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roanna 4 years ago from Virginia

Nice, easy and useful advice!Up!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Makes a lot of sense. Hope the hubbers who want to write more but can't read this. Voting this Up and Useful.

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