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The goal setting process is key to actually seeing results and moving forward in life. It’s what every successful person has mastered and something you need to hack in order to accomplish your objectives.
But most people do it wrong. They start big, go after way too many things at once, get distracted and lose focus, can’t stay motivated and easily give up, aren’t sure what they truly want in life, listen to other people, don’t learn from their mistakes and want fast results.
All that leads to failure. Their approach is wrong and that’s why such people don’t succeed in life.
Luckily, you can turn all that around by following a few simple yet powerful tips when you set your goals.
Here’s what you need to know to see progress quickly and be motivated throughout the journey:
1. Choose just one goal for a start.
Just like working on too many tasks at the same time is the opposite of productivity, so is setting many goals the enemy of accomplishing them.
Our time and energy are limited. When you are trying to reach more than one thing, in different areas of life, chances are you’ll never be concentrated enough. Your mind will be jumping from one goal to the next, and won’t be able to think of unique ways to get ahead, or have the will to take action upon them all.
Just think about New Year’s resolutions. People are eager to create a list of 5-10 big changes they’ll make over the next few months. But what happens in two or three weeks? They haven’t followed through on any of the goals. They tried to achieve it all, and ended up having no results.
Don’t make the same mistake. Instead, dedicate all your time, focus and creativity to one thing. Start with one goal and pay it your whole attention. Don’t be in a hurry. It’s a process.
The best thing, however, is that you get better at this. Once this goal is achieved, you’ll reach the next one on your list even faster. You’ll gain experience, will be better prepared, will have more faith in your approach and will know what works best.
2. The first step must be tiny.
If you’re only looking at the big picture, you’ll never take action.
Instead of fearing the size of the project, think about what the very first thing you need to get done is. If you do your job right, you’ll be able to get closer to your goal in a few minutes.
Break it down into achievable actions. Then chunk these down into even smaller and more manageable tasks. Repeat until you have a series of steps, each of which seems effortless to take right away.
That will save you a lot of time and worries down the road and you’ll be more motivated to take a few of these tiny actions every day. Each time you do it, you’ll feel accomplished and motivated to keep going.
Before you know it, you will have reached the goal.
3. Forget about failure.
The thought of failing is scarier than the outcome itself.
So stop thinking about what might go wrong, stop playing different negative scenarios in your head. All you need to do for the day is complete the 1-3 tasks connected to your goal that will get you closer to it.
Failing means giving up. And as long as you’re still working on this, everything’s great.
Failure isn’t a negative word, as the majority of people think. It is, in fact, a necessary step on the way to success. You can’t do everything right the first time and there will be obstacles on the way.
But what will make all the difference is your ability to learn from each failure, go try again and do it better next time.
That’s how you’ll be improving your approach and minimizing the possibility of mistakes in the future.
While some people are fearing failure and putting off starting, others are creating their own luck by taking focused action. Which one will you be?
4. Be sure that you want it bad enough.
The biggest waste of your time would be to go after something you don’t truly desire.
So let’s get clear about what you want and don’t want in life before you set any specific goals. You’ll need to keep your end objective in mind all the time while pursuing it, and if you don’t want this bad enough, you’ll easily lose focus and motivation.
Here’s a simple exercise to help you determine whether that’s the right thing to accomplish:
Visualize yourself having achieved this goal. Draw the picture in details in your mind. Try to experience what it will feel like and notice how you react to this vision.
Only if you want this with your whole being, can you see progress fast enough and will you actually enjoy it once you’re there. Otherwise, it’s not worth the journey.
So, these are the 4 things you should consider before you set your next goal. They are fundamental laws of success but must be followed in order to create the lifestyle you deserve.