If we take that method (breaking it down), then be specific first and foremost and write down to the five Ws (who, what, why, when, where, how). Then map it out: you should understand your strengths and weaknesses so you can create a guide, or route, to implement each action along the way.
Along with each action, you’ll be able to document how far along you’ve come. Thing in terms of how many of something, when will you know you’ve completed the goal, and how will you track your progress? Will you write it down every time you lose two pounds? Will you weigh-in only twice a month?
Verify you have all the tools and resources you require in order to reach this goal. Do you currently have the abilities to complete the goal? If you write down that you’ll run 5-km a day, are able to complete that task upfront or do you have to build up to that? What are you lacking, and how can you remedy that? What have other people that have completed a similar goal done? This will make it an attainable goal.
You need to be absolutely honest with yourself here: is your goal actually realistic? In all odds, it’s realistic if you truthfully believe you can achieve it. If you keep telling yourself it will never happen then it probably won’t. Can you commit to reaching your endgame? When your goals come for you, then you better be prepared. Have you given yourself every opportunity? In your timeframe, is it realistic?
Time is money, or so the saying goes. What’s your timeframe to achievement? Is there a deadline? If you don’t give yourself one, odds are you’ll lose motivation because there’s no cap on how long you have. If you feel like you have forever, it’s going to become less urgent.
So, get out there and make some goals!