We all want to achieve something — the feeling we get when we do is liberating — but how often do we actually get there?
There might be something holding us back from getting the results we desire so we procrastinate and let our self-limiting beliefs take over. But if you truly want to succeed, you need to let go of the fear and take control of your life by setting goals and sticking to them. Easier said than done? It just takes the right mindset.
1. Set Goals that Motivate and Inspire You
There’s no point setting a goal that you don’t really want to achieve. You’d be setting yourself up for failure and wasting your own time. It’s vital that the goals you set for yourself are important to you personally, something that you prioritise, and something that you are motivated to achieve. You have to be passionate about it. Write down why the goal is valuable to you and you’ll maximise your likelihood of success.
2. Make Sure it’s a SMART Goal:
It’s no good to have a vague or general idea of what you want to achieve — you need to know precisely where you want to end up. Get particular on the dates and figures so you can measure your level of success. Set a goal that is actually achievable — and that’s not to say you should set something that’s easy — you want something that’s both realistic but challenging. Keep your goals in line with the direction you want your life to take and most importantly, set a deadline, and hopefully this will be your celebration date.
3. Aim High But Start Low
Set a big exciting goal but before it gets too overwhelming when you’ve not yet begun, break it down into smaller chunks. For example, if your goal is to write a book, start off by writing down your book idea, then move onto the characters and setting before you delve straight into the writing. And then when you do start to write your book, break it down into chapters and paragraphs, with a manageable word count for each day. Working in smaller chunks keeps your focus on the task at hand, enabling you to feel a sense of achievement at each milestone, which in turn contributes to the bigger picture and long-term success.
4. Write it Down
Writing down a goal reinforces your vision and commitment. Write about what you want to achieve 5 or 10 years from now and how you plan to get there. Write about your dream life and what you can do now to set yourself on the right path. Post your goals in visible spots that you’ll see every day, so you’re reminded what you intend to do. Really visualise and feel the emotions you’ll feel when you achieve them.
5. Wake Up Early
Some of the most successful people of our time are early risers so maybe it’s time to join the parade. Waking up early means you have more time to focus on yourself and your goals before the day kick starts and you’re hit with competing demands. Start off by getting up 15-minutes earlier than you’re used to and slowly work it back until you’re getting up at the time that works for you - one that enables you enough time to focus on you and you only.
6. Minimise Distractions
Once your workday has started, make sure to eliminate any unnecessary distractions. This might be social media notifications, personal phone calls or unannounced visits from members of your family. This extends to your workspace — clutter is a distraction and a physical mess can often lead to a mental one. Keep your desk tidy, set a schedule that you stick to, one that others are aware of, and shut the door.
7. Celebrate the Small Wins
If you reward yourself for the mini milestones, it’s an additional incentive to keep going and achieve the bigger goal itself. Make sure whatever you reward yourself with is enough to motivate you to keep working hard, but sustainable enough to keep pushing forward. Remember it’s not just about achieving the big goal, but the journey to get there.
Embrace the ups and downs and it will be all the more sweeter when you accomplish what you set out to do.