How to Set Realistic & Achievable Goals

Can you believe that it’s already the end of March!? Like where on earth are the months going, I’ve had a great start to 2018 and I’m really enjoying myself. I’m quite positive that I’m on track to achieve the Goals that I set out in my Personal Goals and Blogging Goals. It’s all well and good setting Goals but it’s even better when you are able to accomplish them.

If you follow my Monthly Goals, you’ll know I’m doing quite well on achieving my Goals, I do have a couple of moments each month but don’t we all. Today, I wanted to share with you some of my tips on setting realistic and achievable goals. I know it’s nearing the end of March, but I feel if you’re struggling with your Goals at the moment, these tips could help you.

Write Your Goals Down

This might just be me, but I feel it is soo useful writing down your Goals, then you know exactly what you want to achieve, either for that month or year. This is also helpful for the reflection stage after you’ve reached that point. With my Monthly Goals, I reflect on those at the end of each month, this then helps me to write down new Goals. Always think about your successes when trying to achieve something.

Be Specific

Specifying exactly what you want to achieve is very helpful, you’ll be able to complete it a lot easier and quicker. Want to lose weight? How much weight would you like to lose? With being specific you know exactly what you are putting your mind to. This year I would love to read a total of 15 books, that sounds like a big number, but if I set myself a goal of reading at least 2 a month, I’ll complete this in no time!


Set Goals You Want to Achieve

Don’t set a goal that doesn’t make a difference in your life, Goals should relate to things that you want to change or improve. They shouldn’t be set just because it’s an interesting goal or it’s going to sound good when you tell people you’ve achieved it. It should mean something to your life and your life only. By completing this goal will it allow you to create a better life for yourself and those around you.

Keep Positive

Having a hard day? Don’t think you’re going to achieve everything? We all have those bad days but you just need to push through and remember it’s a new day tomorrow. Keeping a positive attitude will definitely allow you to keep on track with your Goals, it also allows you to stay motivated. You can also keep yourself moving by remembering your successes and celebrating those.

Be Open to Change

There are things in your life that could stop you from achieving your Goals or implement a change. Don’t worry if you need to slightly adjust your Goals or anything to fit in with your life and decisions, this is okay, there’s a whole world your Goals could take you. Don’t think there’s just one path for your Goals, be open to the possibility of change and accept this.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Let me know if any of these tips have helped you or have you got any helpful tips yourself? What works best for you to achieve goals?


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18 thoughts on “How to Set Realistic & Achievable Goals

  1. Great advice here, Gemma! I absolutely agree that setting goals that are personal to you, rather than being swayed by what others want you to do is very important – setting a target that’s really meaningful to you is going to be way more motivating! Writing down what you want to achieve is a really powerful motivator as well, and I find that tracking my progress really helps too, especially when it comes to fitness goals! It’s really a great feeling to see yourself progressing toward that target! Fab post as always!

    Abbey xoxox


  2. These are great tips! I totally agree with the being specific thing and I also think a really good idea is making a plan, even if it’s vague, to get to your end goal as I find sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming when you have a few possible ways to do things! And definitely agree with the change part too, sometimes things happen that we can’t control setting our end goal back a bit, never be too hard on yourself about that as it isn’t your fault. And even if it is, you’ll get to your goal eventually!
    Alice Xx


  3. I remember we had to set SMART targets at school, which were specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound, and when I set targets in life now, I still try to achieve this with them! 🖤


    1. Thank-youu Alice! I’m glad you like these. It’s a good one isn’t it, most definitely. It’s something that you shouldn’t be hard on yourself with. Things happen for a reason but you can push through them.


  4. All these tips are excellent tips Gemma, I actually love writing my goals down and I’m learning to only write down actual achievable goals which has actually helped me achieve some of them! I think when it comes to goals we want them to happen so bad we forget to pace ourselves and that’s when we lose focus and end up not achieving them. Great post!


    1. Thank-you Zoe! Yes most definitely, it’s surprisingly how helpful it is. I agree with you Zoe! We want to achieve them soo badly that we forget it’s going to take longer than a day.


  5. This is so helpful! I have never actually set any goals for myself for a certain month but I think your tips would really help me start. Thank you for giving me some ideas!

    Julia xx


  6. These are great tips Gemma! One of the things I really like about my planner for this year is the fact that there’s a space for monthly goals at the beginning of every month and you need to add 3 ways on how you’re planning on achieving those goals 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog


    1. Thank-you Anu! I’m glad you like these. Ohh woow, I love that idea. Puts you on top of your Goals each month. I’ve got something similar in mine but nothing in depth like yours.


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