Setting and Achieving Your Goals:
We all have big goals that we want to achieve in life. You may not necessarily call it a goal, but you definitely have a dream in one form or another.
The difference between these two is that a goal is simply a dream with a plan or strategy. So having a goal is generally what we should be aiming to do.
Achieving what you want in life takes a lot. First you need to know what you want, figure out how you will achieve it and set a timeline for yourself… yes, it’s a bit much.
This is why, even though many people may recognize what they want, set their goals and plan how they will achieve…MANY PEOPLE STILL FAIL TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS.
Even with an elaborate plan and strategy and the passion for the work, sometimes it can get overwhelming and result in many people giving up and losing hope.
So you have the following:
You recognize your desire or goal
You make a plan that lays out how you will achieve said goal
You even set the timeline within which the goal will be achieved…
But somehow, you end up being part of the people that give up and don’t achieve their goals.
What is missing?
THE MAIN INGREDIENT
There is one main characteristic that is common across all successful people…and that is consistency!
If you want to achieve any goal, or to develop a new habit, the best way to achieve this is through being consistent.
Some people are lucky enough to be well disciplined and setting the goal is enough for them to focus on it and to consistently work on achieving their goals until they succeed.
The other group of people on the other end of the spectrum (which includes myself), require a certain system or motivation to work consistently.
We are going to talk about this system and how you can use it to work consistently.
1. FIND YOUR TRIGGER
In order to stay consistent and achieve your goals, you first need to identify what is causing the lack of motivation.
Have you been on social media and comparing yourself to other people has let you down (learn how to avoid this here)?
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work that you have to do, so you’ve decided to just drop it?
Or have you simply lost sight of your reasons for even wanting to achieve that specific goal?
Whatever the reason may be, recognizing what is causing the lack of motivation is the first step to fixing the problem and getting your groove back.
2. HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY
Once you have found out what triggers the loss of motivation, it is good to have an alternative plan to help you get back to working on your goals.
So once you recognize yourself falling back into the trap of losing passion for your goals, you can put the back-up plan into motion.
You need to understand that losing consistency is a normal part of life; you just need to deal with it correctly.
I usually start by reminding myself of my “why”, my purpose for working on the goal. This helps me refocus on the goal and reminds me of its importance in my life.
At this point, I am re-energized and ready to continue working.
Alternatively, you might want to take a break by performing a different task before going back to working on your goal. You could watch an episode of Gilmore girls on Netflix or…go to the gym. The latter would be better for. But either one of these options could help re-energize you. And you can get back to working on your goals.
3. JUST DO IT…NOW
As a person, once you lose motivation it is not easy to go back to being consistent. It is just so much easier to put it off till another day. We crave to start anew on a new day, new week, month, season or even year.
For example, if I am having a busy week and I miss going to my gym classes on Monday and Tuesday, I am probably not going to go for the rest of the week.
I feel like my schedule has been ruined in some way, and it only makes sense to start fresh the next week.
And I do this a lot for other aspects of my life as well.
It may not be easy to recognize it, but this is procrastination. It starts slowly and the next thing you know, you’ve missed 4 months of gym.
The only way to avoid this is to get into the habit of picking yourself up and just doing it now!
There is no reason to wait to start the next day, month or year. The best way to be consistent and achieve your goals is to pick yourself up today…now.
4. IT’S NOT IN YOUR FEELINGS
Another thing that can throw you off your goals is the habit of not doing things simply because you don’t feel like it.
This happens often, it’s just human nature. But it does not have to be that way for you.
The first time that I learnt this was through The Slight Edge book by Jeff Olson.
“If I stay on this road long enough, I’ll get the result I seek. It’s not a question of your mood or feelings. And it’s not a question of will power. It’s a question of simply knowing.”
This was when I began to learn what it truly takes to achieve your goals and become successful. It is not always going to be a smooth ride. A lot of the time you will have to do things that you do not feel like.
“In order to be comfortable someday, you need to be uncomfortable now.”
Keeping these concepts in mind will remind you of what it takes to achieve your goals. This will motivate you to get up and do more.
I will admit though…simply knowing this is not enough.
When it is too hard to get up and do the work, sometimes you need to apply The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. When you are faced with an uncomfortable situation and are overcome with doubt, count backwards from 5.
When you get to 1 you have to do something.
It will be easier to do the uncomfortable task then. For an in-depth explanation of how this works, read it here in Mel Robbin’s book.
When you are so passionate about achieving your goals, you might take on too much responsibility all at once. This could be more than what you are capable of handling and could quickly lead to burn out.
To avoid losing your consistency because you are not feeling up to working, it is best to schedule it in.
Some people believe that scheduling fun activities or self-care routines takes the fun out of it. But I would prefer to take them time off before the burn out happens. This way I can continue to achieve my goals and look after my health as well.
6. THE OBVIOUS STEP…
This may not be obvious to some of you, but if you want to achieve any of your goals, you have to PLAN well. (Remember that the plan distinguishes a goal from a dream)
If you want to be consistent and to achieve your goals, you need to know WHAT YOU NEED TO BE CONSISTENT IN. And the only way to do that is to plan it out.
There are multiple techniques to planning to be the most productive. To-do lists, calendar blocking and many others.
This is the one step that you cannot skip.
I have things easier for you with these free printable daily and weekly planners so you can take the first step to making your dreams a reality by planning everything out.
Remember that you truly CAN achieve your goals through planning and consistency. But when life gets in the way and you need to refocus, these tips will surely help you get back on track.
So start working on your goals today. If you start getting side tracked, try out these tips and let us know how they worked for you.
How else do you ensure consistency in carrying out the plans for your goals? Please let us know in the comments below.