Setting personal development goals is usually a much easier task than meeting those goals. Part of the reason for this is that most people do not have a true goal in mind, but rather a fuzzy picture of their goal. Another mistake people tend to make when setting personal goals is that they set too many and space them out too far in the future.
So the first thing you need to do when setting personal goals is to clearly define what your goal is. Want to lose weight? That's great, but exactly how much weight do you want to lose? Knowing exactly how many pounds you want to lose goes a long way in helping you do just that because you can find a diet and exercise plan that will most effectively help you lose that amount of weight.
Having a clear goal in mind also helps you plan how best to accomplish your personal goal. For example, say you have decided that ideally you'd like to lose 15 pounds. Now you know the number of pounds you're aiming at losing and you can set up a realistic time frame for that to be possible.
Don't make the mistake that many people do of telling themselves they'll lose that weight in a week, a month or a year. Those goals are both too short and too long. Break the goal of losing 15 pounds down into more manageable chunks that can be done in a week and you'll be much more likely to get the results you want.
And don't forget to reward yourself when you meet your goals. No, you don't have to spend a great deal of money or eat a huge meal that wipes out your calorie allowance for a week. Just take a nice walk or a glass of your favorite wine and celebrate sticking with your plan and meeting your small goals. Doing this ensures you'll meet your large personal development goal, no matter what that goal may be.