Goal setting is not hard. The difficulty is in achieving the goal.

Many people around the world set lofty goals every day. Most of them do not achieve the goals.

If you want some examples of goal setting, you can look around and see how many people aim to lose weight. They set the same weight loss goal every year. They may achieve it once, and to see weight gain in the following year.

That means they fail to achieve the goal.

Let us look at some practical goal setting tips.

1. Why

You must find the motivation before you set any goal. You must answer the Why question.

Why do you want to lose weight? If you know that you need to lose weight, since you have a BMI of 30, that is not the motivation for setting weight loss goal.

Knowing what you need to do does not mean you will do it.

You need a stronger motivation for that.

If you recall the times when you are in love, you can see how love becomes the motivation. Many people successfully lose weight when they are deeply in love. They want to present a better side for the sake of their loved ones.

You must spend time answering the Why question. The answers form your motivation for goal setting.

2. What

Once you have found the motivation for goal setting, you can start to define the goal.

What is it that you want?

If you want to lose weight, you must define the goal in term of actual weight loss and the time frame for achieving the goal.

For example, you want to lose 100 pounds in five years.

That means you must lose 20 pounds in a year. That means slightly less than two pounds in a month.

Is that an achievable goal? It is.

You have to know your current situation to determine the practicality of goal setting. Setting a goal of losing 100 pounds in a month is not practical.

However, setting the goal of 2 pounds per month is realistic.

3. How

Once you have the Why and What, you can come to the planning stage.

You can look at the different ways of achieving the goal.

In this case, when your goal is to lose 2 pounds a month, you can look into the diet and exercise to achieve the goal.

The sub-goal includes walking 10,000 steps a day for four months, and to increase it to 12,000 steps a day for the next four months.

Another sub-goal is to take in 500 less calories every day. You can eliminate all the soft drinks, and sugary beverages.

You need to consider your preference. If you hate swimming, then you must not add swimming to the list of activities for weight loss purpose.

You can sustain the effort only when you do something you like. It is not possible to sustain the effort if you hate all the activities.

4. Monitoring

This is the When question.

When should you monitor the success of your goal?

That depends on what the main goal and the sub-goals are.

If the sub-goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day, that means 650 steps an hour. You can even monitor it on an hourly basis.

The main goal is to lose 2 pounds a month. You can monitor it twice a month. You should lose one pound in mid month, and another pound by the end of the month.

5. Celebrate success

How are you going to celebrate your success?

When you have achieved the difficult goal, it is time to celebrate your success.

You have become a better person, in term of health and personality. When you have a long term goal, such as to lose 100 pounds in five years, the fact that you have achieved the goal means you have the determination.

You become a stronger person. You do not give up easily.

You know that you can achieve whatever you want once you set your mind to it.

Success is sweet. You can celebrate success on your own or with your friends. You can even invite the local newspaper reporter to write about your success.