“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

~Thomas A. Edison

Whether it be getting out of debt, running a marathon, taking a much needed holiday or simply getting in shape, we all have goals.

Yet whilst we do have them, and we would love to achieve them, life or other priorities sometimes get in the way.

Whatever the reason for this may be, it’s no secret that goals can be difficult to work towards and at times we need a little motivation to keep going.

Following are five steps that will help you focus on and complete many of the goals in your life:

1. Make Sure You Pick the Right Goal.

If you aren’t focusing the following points on something you’re really passionate about then they aren’t going to help.

To put it simply: if you’re focused on the wrong goal, you’ll never produce a burning desire to achieve it.

How do you know if you’re focused on the right goal?

Well, of course, there will be different answers for different people, but usually the following test works quite well:

Are you working towards it already in your life?

If money didn’t exist would you still do it? (if your goal is a career / hobby)

The last question is a deal breaker because too often people have a desire for money, rather than the act that gets them to a place of financial abundance.

Money won’t make you happy, but the process to get there just might. If you answered no to any of those  then you may need to re-think your desires.

2. Know that You Can Do It.

If you asked most people how much they would love to complete their goals, they would tell you how amazing, fantastic and life changing it would be.

How they would love to be on the journey of their ‘purpose’ and achieve the things they want in life.

So why don’t most people do it? Simple; we don’t believe that we can, so we don’t even try.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – David Deida

You are the only one holding you back.

You can complete your goals, every single one of them.

Yet, until you firmly believe this, it won’t sink in because knowing you can complete something is one of the best catalysts for generating the pure drive needed to be successful.

3. Keep Notes of Success by Others.

It’s very likely that whatever you want to achieve, someone has came along and done it before you.

Who are they? How did they do it? What helped them along the way?

These are questions that you need to answer, as in the answers may lie some valuable help to aid you in your own journey.

Not only will it help in getting to your destination, but seeing others do it is a great way to know that you can do it as well.

4. Find Companions on the Same Journey.

One of the most comforting things in times of need is when you find other people with the same ‘problems’ or other people on the same ‘mission’ as you are.

And when you want to produce that extra focus for achieving your goals, it’s no different.

Finding others on the same journey will help you have someone you can measure up against and someone who will keep you encouraged to stay on track.

5. Make Use of your R.A.S.

Our RAS, which stands for Reticular Activating System, and,  has a job to basically to ‘home in’ on things that we should be focusing on.

Our R.A.S. focuses on things of known importance and priority to us, so if you like you could also ‘train it’ to become a goal-seeking mechanism of sorts.

We all have the ability to make goals and achieve them, every single one of you reading this.

Believe you can do it, set a plan to do it, find others on the journey and monitor how they’ve done it.

Some goals will have an end result, a stop sign.

Others will be a process i.e. making money online, but whatever they are, just make sure you do one thing:

Enjoy the process.

Right now is all we have; don’t see the journey as a means to an end.

The joy you get from the result is temporary; the joy you get from the experience lasts forever.