Every goal is achievable with good planning, preparation, and much hard work.  When we talk about setting a goal, we are really outlining a specific result that you want to achieve by a given time, in the future.  There are various types of goals: long-term (6 months to many years), mid-term (a few weeks to a few months), and short term (daily or weekly) goals.  Many successful people write down their goals, and track their progress towards  completion.  This allows you to see where you are going and how long it will take you to get there. Reward yourself for each significant milestone with a small treat or gesture, and a significant present once you’ve finished.

You can tell an effective goal by the following characteristics:

It can be achieved

A good goal is not an impossible one.  You want to push yourself to be your best, but you also want something that is within your reach.  Make sure that your goals are achievable within the time you set for them.

It is realistic

Again, an impossible goal will only frustrate you.  Look at what you can realistically accomplish.

It is flexible

It is okay to change your goals when new circumstances come up.  Be flexible and forgive yourself, even if things don’t go exactly as planned.

It is specific

The more specific your goal is, the more you can visualize it, and the more likely you are to see success.

Effective goal setting will help you see the path to success and keep yourself on track.