CE#301: Reaching Life Goals: Which Strategies Work (PsyBlog)

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Have a look at this list of 10 common ways you might go about achieving your goals. Most of these should be familiar, but which ones do you think work? More to the point: which ones do or don’t you use?

  1. Make a step-by-step plan.
  2. Motivate yourself by focusing on someone who has achieved a similar goal.
  3. Tell other people about your goal.
  4. Think about bad things that will happen if you do not achieve your goal.
  5. Think about the good things that will happen if you achieve your goal.
  6. Try to suppress unhelpful or negative thoughts about your goal and how to achieve it.
  7. Reward yourself for making progress in your goal.
  8. Rely on willpower.
  9. Record your progress.
  10. Fantasize or visualize how great your life will be when you achieve your goal.

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