Setting goals is difficult enough but reaching them? Now that’s where the real work begins. In today’s modern society it seems like self control has simply gone out the window. Setting and reaching goals is getting increasingly harder as entertainment and distractions are almost always at hand. Your smartphone can be a real obstacle when it comes to reaching goals and staying focused. In this article we’ll take a look at ways you can improve your self control, ways that setting the right goals for you will help you to reach them, and how you can ultimately reach your goals through hard work.

When you’re setting your goals be as specific as possible. This will help you to focus in and get serious about the goal that you’re setting. If you try to set a goal that’s too broad or vague you simply won’t know where to begin and that’s not helpful at all! Think long and hard about what you want to achieve. Try working the steps backwards to see where you would begin. For example if your goal is to lose weight think about the process in reverse. You’ve lost all this weight, what did you do right before that? Working backwards is a process that helps some people but may not necessarily be right for you. If that doesn’t fit in with the type of goal you’re trying to set don’t get discouraged, start from the beginning and work your way to success.

Once you have a clear goal with focused intent it’s time to start planning your next steps. This can be tricky. Oftentimes people don’t know where to begin. It’s best to begin small and not to worry if something is taking you a while. Having a vision for the future requires a certain kind of patience that can’t be bought. Remember any little setbacks you may experience on your way to reaching your goals does not mean that your goal won’t be met. Don’t give up at the first sign of resistance or difficulty. It’s best to keep going even if your plan isn’t going as perfectly as you had previously thought it would.

A great way to stay focused is to use visualization techniques. Imagine the kind of person you will be after you’ve reached this goal that you’ve set. Try and imagine the kind of life you will have, the relationships you will foster, the awards you’ll win. Creating a mental image is a key factor. Seeking role models is also a great way to envision a better future for yourself. Look to someone who has already reached a goal that you’re wanting to set. Athletes are great role models because they are constantly striving for greatness. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get you going check out this video where Keith St. Onge, professional barefoot water skier, goes in-depth on his experience as an athlete.

When it comes to setting and reaching goals you have to remember that you’re in charge. You can’t place blame or responsibility on anyone other than yourself. Be clear and specific in setting goals, stay focused through visualization, and look for role models. In these ways you’ll be incredibly successful the next time you try to set and reach a goal.