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Four Methods to Successfully Achieve Your Goal(s)

Updated on October 7, 2013

According to, a goal is defined as "the result or achievement toward which effort is directed." In life we tend to set goals whether they are for professional or personal reasons.

For example, you may decide to pursue a college degree in order to pursue that promotion or climb up the corporate ladder in order to increase your salary and/or have more authority in the decision making process of your organization.

Goals, regardless of how small or large, can help you to achieve those things that are important to you. Once you set them then you will need to start the process to execute the plan to achieve them.

It is important to realize that there are four things which need to be kept in mind when setting those goals. They will need to be realistic and obtainable then you must be focused, flexible and fearless.

Realistic and Obtainable

The initial step in creating the path for achievement of your goals is to make sure that they are realistic and obtainable. This means that if you will need to outline your goals that are achievable and highly obtainable. For example, if you have to obtain grants to run your business don't say that you will have a project funded within two months when the approval process takes six months. On the other hand, you can set a goal to have your business incorporated in your state of residence within one month because the process is fairly quick.

Stay Focused

Focusing on specific things can be a little challenging especially if you have a family or other obligations to fulfill. Nowadays, people are always busy with playing the juggling act; therefore, your time can be limited when attempting to be successful in achieving set goals. One thing that you have to realize is that time will continue to move forward.

You will have to determine at what point do you step out and move forward in pursuing your goals. There is not an age limit on doing this but once you take that leap you will need to stay focused. When you get focused then you can truly move forward in taking the steps to see progress. For example, if you want to write a book then you will need to set time aside (i.e. an hour or two everyday or other day) to do just that.

Determination equals focus and you will be able to stay the course once you get to that point.

Be Flexible

Being flexible is important because as processes change, it is important to be able to adapt and maintain the road to accomplishing your goals. There are always new things introduced as the years evolve whether that is technology or business practices. You must allow yourself to be accepting of the fact that adjustments may have to be made accordingly to reach success in your endeavors.

Be Fearless

The Rocky Balboa "Eye of the Tiger" mentality has to be implemented when pursuing your goals; otherwise, you will fall short in achieving and succeeding all that your desire to accomplish.

According to, fear is defined as "something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of." If you add the word less to the end of it then you get a different meaning to the word or switch it around to "less fear."

We have dreams and aspirations that we would love to see become a reality. This is always possible if you put the four processes into action and stay the course. Realistic and obtainable goals accompanies with focus, flexibility and fearlessness can equal success. Remember that things may not happen overnight but if you remain consistent opportunities can arise.

One of my favorite quotes is: "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." - Bill Cosby

Keep pressing ... success is on the horizon.

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