The art of goal setting & achieving
How bad do you want it?
When was the last time you wrote down your goals? If it was this morning, great job and you probably don’t need to read further. If not, establishing the habit of writing down your goals every single day is one of the most powerful ways to improve your life. I know what you’re probably thinking, every day, Paul? That seems a bit excessive. Yes, I know that it seems excessive. It also only requires a very small amount of time and it has massive implications. The real question is, how bad do you really want your goals to come true? If the answer is, ‘hell yes, I want them to come true’, then this exercise is an absolute must-do.
1) Get clear on what you actually want to achieve
The practice of writing your goals every day allows you to refine what you actually want.
It’s important to remember that your list of goals is flexible and is ever-evolving. Items will come and go and be crystallized in this process. The items that are most important to you will remain and you will drill down on them and break them into stages. Items less important may fall off the list altogether and that’s a good thing. By revisiting and thinking about your goals every day, you become hyper-focused on what you want to achieve the most. Try not to look back on the previous days’ goals and write them fresh every day. Allow any new inspirations to make it onto the list. If it is something you are truly passionate about, then you will remember it the next day and it will remain on the list.
2) Program your subconscious mind to work for you
By writing your goals down every day, you essentially program your subconscious mind to work on solving the obstacles that keep you from obtaining them. Your subconscious mind responds to the inputs you give it most often. This exercise will activate the immense power of the subconscious to work in the background for you. Ideas, actions and solutions will begin to pop into your head to bring you closer to your goals.
3) Define the steps you need to take to reach your desired goal
As you become more focused on the goals that are most important to you, the daily re-writing and review will allow you to define the steps needed to achieve your goal. The goal can be broken down into stages and you can set timelines for the various milestones. Each day, you can define one or two little steps that will bring you a little closer to your goal.
The old saying, where your focus goes, your energy flows, is something we too often forget. Think hard about where you place your focus throughout the day. How much of it is being spent on negative thoughts, mindless TV watching or countless other counterproductive activities? By spending time on planning and writing your goals daily, you increase the energy flowing towards them. Your motivation is boosted every time you think about your goals and imagine what it will be like to achieve them. Many people advocate for writing their goals twice a day to maximize this and other benefits. Once in the morning and once before bed is a great habit and will get you dreaming of ways to reach your goals.
The act of writing and focusing on our goals gives us purpose and hope. Purpose and hope translate into happiness. When we focus and take action on what we want to achieve we feel good and accomplished. Whenever we take action on a step that brings us closer to a goal, the brain rewards us with happiness. Everyone wants to be happy. By working continuously on a list of ever-evolving goals every single day, you are guaranteed to be happy. If the previous four reasons weren’t motivation enough, then this one should do the trick.
6) Start today.
Take action and make writing your goals a daily habit. Then take action and do something to move them forward each day. It can be something very small. The most important thing is to take action. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about goal setting. Please share them in the comments.
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Author: Paul Lloyd
Tradler is a cross functional Employee Engagement Platform helping customers improve engagement between Executives, Managers and Employees while increasing motivation and productivity through smart incentivising using gamification. If you’d like to learn more e-mail our Key Account Manager, Paul Lloyd.
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"At Tradler, we believe in the power of positive affirmation through recognition and incentives. In our view, productivity and positivity go hand in hand, which directly translates to tangible business success."