Do you ever wonder why you are not reaching a certain goal?

Use this step by step guide to help you set goals that you will stick to in the long run.

Be Specific - When it comes to planning your goals you need to be upfront about what exactly you are aiming for. No beating around the bush here! For example instead of saying I want to lose weight be more specific and say I want to lose 10 kilograms by next summer. Giving your self a structured goal makes it easier to follow as you create smaller goals along the way such as I want to lose 1kg a week and by the end of the journey you would of reached 10kg.

Measure Up - It is important that your goals are able to be measured. So choose the number the distance whatever it is you want to master and work towards it rather setting something that is impractical.

Make It Attainable - Ensure that your goals are attainable because if you are unable to fully achieve them this will certainly demotivate you and set you back to square one. And we don't want that! For example if you have never run further than 5km, I think it is safe to say you won't be entering the comrades anytime soon. But with putting goals in place by increasing your 5km distance weekly, you will soon reach the goal of partaking in the Comrades. So don't be scared to aim high just remember to break that long-term goal into smaller short term-goals.

Keep It Real - It is okay to dream big, but you also need to be sensible. Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you'll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want.

Timing is Everything - If your goal does not have a cut off date, you're less likely to stick to it. A timeline is known to help keep your eye on the prize. We believe that by not having a time frame makes your goal not seem as urgent and allows room for excuses as to why you haven't met your goal yet. Therefore set a time frame whether it be weekly or monthly and watch your dreams unfold.

Read our article here to see how to create a vision board now that you know how to set your goals. Vision boards can be for 1 month, 6months 1 year etc - it's completely up to you.

We hope these steps help you leap for that gold, let us know what helps you best when it comes to setting goals. x