The moment you determine what your goals are, you would need to start with the process of doing your best to achieve them. Set aside a few hours now to develop a goals program. A goals program is a step-by-step, time-bound plan designed to track your progress.

The first thing you would need to know is that different programs suit different people. While goal setting requires that we exert effort, tenacity, dedication, and willpower, each of us has a unique approach of pursuing what we want.

No two goal setters are alike, so assess the following factors when designing a goals program for yourself:

Personality

Some people who set goals are minimalists, and prefer to have just one list of activities needed to be done at a given time. Other goal setters are extremely detailed. They purchase journals and scrapbooks, create posters with markers and colored pens, map out charts, research strategies, etc. They may also seek the help of professionals like life coaches, psychologists, and counselors.

Habits

Some goal setters choose to develop one good habit for a few days or a few weeks, while others like to work on as many good habits for a longer period of time (e.g.: six months to one year).

Once you make up your mind to pursue your goals, the acquisition of many good habits is a must. In spite of this, all of us have had struggles with bad habits. Kicking or quitting negative habits may be difficult, but here’s a good technique to employ: replace one bad habit with something good.

Level of difficulty

Some goals require a great deal of time and effort, and they may take a toll on you. You may need to break down huge goals into baby steps. For example, I’ve heard about morbidly obese individuals who managed to reach their ideal weight just by concentrating on losing one to two pounds at a given time frame.

Accountability

Goal setters can reap tremendous benefits by joining groups or networks made up of like-minded peers. But even accountability groups offer different benefits. To illustrate, if you aspire to become a writer and you just want honest and objective feedback about your work, you may submit your manuscripts to writers’ websites that don’t offer payment but are frequented by people who are willing to devote time to read your work and dispense advice.

However, once a writer gradually gets established in his career, he may look for something other than helpful criticisms. He may now be ready to sign up for organizations that can help him find clients or markets.

Whatever your intentions are for seeking accountability, find the type of group that can best meet your needs.

Rewards

There are goal setters who go for something tangible once they meet a milestone, like a new book or CD. Others engage in an enjoyable activity or hobby, while the rest find achieving the goal a reward on its own.

After putting these five important factors into consideration, you should now have a basic program designed to help you.

Author's Bio: 

Ronali G. dela Cruz is a motivational writer who overcame tremendous odds in her personal life. Having gone through severe depression and two serious bouts with bipolar disorder, she turned seemingly hopeless situations around by seeking professional help and consistently choosing to use techniques like positive self-talk and mind reprogramming.