You Can’t Reach Your Goals, And Here’s Why…
January gets a pretty bad rep, and we get it. It’s going back to work after a neat little break, it’s the financial ruin you find yourself in thanks to spending all of your early December pay check on fun, it’s trying to make it through January 15th (the most depressing day of the year) and it is failing to achieve your New Year’s resolution (again!), which means that once motivating start to the year becomes the catalyst to more failed goals. It’s brutal.
But what if it wasn’t January’s fault? What if you haven’t been hitting your goals simply because you haven’t known how to set them properly and accomplish them effectively?
We’re trying to tell you that missing the mark thus far has nothing to do with your willpower, determination or ambition, but with mistakes you’ve made when it comes to setting your goals, which is why we have pulled together a list of ways you can fix these mistakes starting today.
- Vague Plans, Vague Results
The number one reason you have not been achieving your goals is your goals are more vague than a child telling you about their day at school. Saying you are going to get out of debt is not enough. You need to be more specific. You need to say you are going to research debt relief programs. Saying you are going to get fit is too vague. You need to say you are going to run two miles every morning. That’s the secret.
- Have A Way Of Measuring
You can’t possibly know if you have achieved your goals if you have no way of measuring them. You need to create a map so that you can see exactly where you are with your efforts. You need to be able to answer questions like, “how much?” and “how far is left to go?” and “how many?” if you can do this then you will know exactly where you are at and where you are with your goals.
- The Impossible Is Unattractive
The moment you realise you have overstretched yourself and your goals are, in fact, impossible, you will give up. It’s natural. There is just no point in trying to achieve something that can’t be done. Instead, make sure you set goals where obvious change can be noticed within a week. Yes, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it will be so much easier to start by understanding your capabilities and then using this to guide your goal setting attitude.
- Not Just The Long-Term View
The reason why things like climate change don’t motivate us in the way they should is they are too big to wrap our heads around. They seem so far away. That is why our efforts to be more eco-friendly fizzle out. The same goes with your long-term goals, which is why you need to litter your path to these with smaller, short-term goals; ones that you can accomplish here and now. Saying that you are going to get a book published is a great example of this. Instead, what you should be doing, is setting smaller goals to help, such as getting your writing into publications and magazines. That way your focus won’t wilt like warm lettuce.
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