21/04/2015 07:44 BST | Updated 20/06/2015 06:59 BST

Set Goals That Stretch You, But That You Can Achieve

With the year a quarter of the way through already and the distant memory of those abandoned New Year resolutions, you may well be thinking that goals cannot be achieved easily.

However, if you commit to a proper process you can achieve your goals.

When I was leaving the relative security of paid employment for the peculiarities of self-employment, I needed to decide what I was going to do. I chose to work in a field that I most enjoyed, people development. I researched the market to see where there was a gap, and if I had the capability to fill it.

The research cost me no money but a lot of my time. I asked friends and family, looked in the press, on the Internet and spoke with professionals. All the research told me was that there was room for the type of Coach I wanted to be.

I identified my Unique Selling Point - ME! I used this to my advantage and set about contacting everyone I knew and told them what I was doing and asked them to consider me for work.

I hated the wait for the telephone to ring, so I acted as if my business was already running and built a database, set up templates, made business cards, researched the possibilities of employing staff, hiring premises and even working abroad. Nothing was out of reach.

I felt and acted as if I was already in business, so when I networked - and believe me, I networked - I sounded professional. In time the telephone did ring and one thing led to another. I have been in business for ten years now and have enjoyed every minute. I have learned a lot too. All my hard work has paid off and I am very successful.

I want you to be inspired and motivated to achieve your goals.

But what are your goals? Do you know? The very first thing you need to do is take some time to seriously consider what goals you want to achieve. Something else to consider is what are you most dissatisfied with in your life. What can you do about it?

Look at your personal life. Is there anything you would like to change? What can you do to make those changes?

What about your career? What do you like about it? What don't you like about it? What can you do to change the things you don't like and implement the things you do like?

Commit to 1-3 goals to get you started. Aim to have no more than seven goals at any one time, whilst you work on the top three as a priority. It is better to set yourself smaller goals, then you will be motivated to set bigger ones as you achieve them.

Refine your goals. All goals must be written down, be personal, in the present tense and positive.

All your goals must start with "I", must always be positive, must be about what you want to achieve, to have or do. Focus on what the goal will give you. What benefits to you are there to achieving your goal? Look forward not back.

So your goal may be 'I am building my business and every day I am more successful'.

Irrespective of the goal, there are only four benefits:

1. Well being

2. Status

3. Money

4. Time

Keep that in focus and the idea of what you are aiming to achieve has a reason behind it, a benefit.

What will you gain from achieving your goals?

Take action and really begin to change your life.