Get to Your Goal
If you've already abandoned your New Year's resolutions, don't
despair. Every day is a good day to set new goals. Just be sensible
about your objective-and stick with it if you want to succeed, says
Allison Whitehead, author of the e-book The 5 Secrets of
Successful Goal Setting (available at lulu.com).
"The most important step is to be realistic," she explains. "If
you set a huge goal, such as saving $20,000, you need to give
yourself a realistic amount of time to achieve it. If you only earn
$15,000 a year, and you've given yourself just six months to reach
your goal … well, you'd better have some darn good- and legal-ideas
about how to meet that target in so short a time."
Having a constructive method to move toward your goal is
critical, as is keeping a positive attitude. Whitehead suggests
constantly telling yourself you will reach your goal. "If you tell
yourself you will fail, your subconscious will believe that, too,"
The ultimate key to success? Perseverance. "Give up and you will
fail," she explains. "Persevere and you will succeed."