Have you ever set goals yet failed to achieve them? Do you make a strong commitment every New Year’s, and say that this year you’re going to stick to your resolution and fail again?
It’s very common that in January many of us make resolutions that we believe we can accomplish. Resolutions are like goals but they don’t seem to pass January’s theme and the come with a few problems. One major issue with the establishing resolutions is that they lack commitment. A resolution tends to be a big promise to do something and sometimes, we end feeling like it’s unachievable (or just forget about it). The initial motivation you have in the beginning as soon as you form a resolution doesn’t last very long due to the lack of foundation. Maybe it’s a resolution based on what you should be doing and not what you deeply want to be doing. Perhaps your resolution is too vague or it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
Goals, on the other hand, are usually not a bit promise to yourself. They also have a sort of foundation and are constructed any time you feel you need to put a plan in action. You’re not waiting for the New Year to ring in to make it happen; so there is more flexibility. However, there are still some problems with goal setting that many miss or do wrong, which will get to in this post.
So instead of making a resolution you won’t sick too or listing goals that get tossed into a drawer…
CREATE goal-oriented habits that will lead you to what you want to achieve – business development, increased sales, weight loss, healthier living. By creating the right goal habits, reaching them will be more tangible and you won’t get disappointed at any coming road bump.
So here are breakthrough strategies for goal setting tips and secrets that you can do right now and reach your goals consistently.
#1 Live Your Goals
Write down your goals! Not to sound like a broken record because surely who’ve heard this many times before, but it’s true. Jot down your goals and make sure they are visible or accessible throughout the day! Don’t just hide them somewhere only to find them next year. You need to reflect on them on a daily or weekly basis depending on the goals you have set for yourself.
But, to make these goals more achievable, you should set a plan of action. Try drawing a diagram, use excel or any goal setting worksheet to list your goals and indicate who you will achieve them.
Create an expected date to accomplish each goal you’ve set to help keep you on track. You may have 15 goals in your head and you’re thinking “Oh my, how am I going to accomplish these?” That’s why you should set them up by providing an excepted date – be realistic. Divide your goals by months or weeks to avoid getting overwhelmed. Not only will this help you reach your goals, but you will learn how to become more productive.
By establishing a weekly or monthly goal breakdown, you will be more likely to reach them in that specific time frame and channel your energy more effectively.
#2 Create The Right Environment
We are creatures of habit and influenced by the options that surround us. According to James Clear, author of A Scientific Guide on How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones (FREE guide), sleeping with your phone right next to you and checking your Facebook or emails as soon as you wake up is known as a default decision. If you keep wine in your cupboard or at the office, then you are more likely to pour yourself a drink. However, not all habits are negative, but we need to create positive ones that align with our goals.
You want to involve default decisions that drive you in the right direction for your goals. Some default decision making means keeping it simple and eliminating too many options. Let’s say you’re working on a business plan, limit your open browser tabs to avoid distractions. Focus on what you’re doing at that moment and don’t bring in additional distractions that will cause you to stray.
In general, it’s difficult to stick to your objectives when you’re surrounded in an environment that can lead to bad habits. Taking a look at smart health choices, keeping a bottle of water at the desk as oppose to a soda can create a positive influence on our body. Water provides hydration and prevents fatigue, therefore increasing productivity. Keeping your caffeine dosage to a minimum by having chamomile next to you may lessen adrenal burn out. By creating health forming habits at the office, we are staying mindful about our goals.
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#3 Lastly…Create a Process
Sometimes we fail to reach our goals because you don’t have a system intact. Establishing a process for yourself could help you achieve your intentions yet lessen the stress of achieving goals. This may sound a bit perplexing but there is sense behind this.
Basically, you should find a system that induces a process (a goal-oriented habit basically). It should be a process that makes enough difference for you to stick with it, like in the Seinfeld Strategy. Finding a system is highly advisable because it doesn’t require you to be inspired or motivated to do it – it becomes just a habit. Choosing a process means you involve it in your daily routine to set the path for your desired outcomes. It’s all about being consistent.
Let’s take an example for achieving healthy living. Waking up out of bed and doing 20 crunches every morning no matter how you feel is creating a system towards your fitness goals. In the business sphere, making it a habit of speaking to two new contacts is a process to boost your network. In both these examples, just solely reading about fitness or how to form new contacts isn’t enough – it’s about doing it.
So if you’re finding it hard to come up a 2017 resolution – DON’T come up with one. Start setting goals that can be spread out throughout the year and use any of the above secrets to making them happen.
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