By Christopher Bergland
What is the secret to achieving a big goal? Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and Harvard University have found that even offering meaningless small rewards increases human motivation. Even if the rewards are arbitrary, the simple act of ‘winning’ a token reward inspires people to keep working towards a larger goal. Read more
By Keith Norris
Why you aren’t achieving your goals… and what you can do about it.
Few people will argue the idea that goal setting is good. But if goals are so good, why don’t we do them more often? The truth is, while most of us have been trained to set goals — most of us have not been trained to achieve goals.
As CEO of PlanPlus Online, I’ve spent a fair amount of time examining the most effective goal setting methods and, as a result, has developed some insights on goal planning, goal setting, and goal getting.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
Have you ever noticed that people are always chasing the next thing or focusing on the next phase of life? I must admit that I struggle with this at times myself. I can get ahead of myself and forget to stay patient and present. Hey, when you want to achieve your dreams it can make the prospect of today a little less enchanting.
We are so busy creating our desired future that we completely forget to celebrate and admire today. Read more
You’ve been there.
Maybe you have unfinished novels scattered across your hard drive, or haven’t picked up your guitar in weeks, or have stopped practicing that new language you so desperately wanted to learn.
Goals are easy to conceptualize. It’s easy to convince yourself that this time it’s different.
But it still doesn’t work.
Why is it so hard to actually achieve the goals we set for ourselves? Why do so many of us fail? Read more
We’ve often heard that it is always better to work smart than to work hard. But what is the difference? Do hard workers not work smartly? Or do smart people not work hard? All through school and college we’ve been told that it is important to burn the midnight oil in order to achieve something. You need to toil and sweat if you want to reach your goals. Then why suddenly are we being told to work smart instead of working hard? Being smart is about making the right decisions. If you make the correct choices and associate with the right people, you’ll move up the ladder faster. However, working hard and working smart are two sides of the same coin. Here’s why. Read more
Below is some of the most concise advice on habit formation that researchers in the field have been able to show works effectively. The big takeaway here is avoid making grandiose “resolutions,” as they are the most likely to be abandoned (which then hurt your self-esteem & motivation). Read more
By Yishan Wong
If you want to accomplish difficult goals, achieve things beyond what you’re supposed to do, the way to do so is to be inhumanly persistent. Persistent like a bear. Read more
Discipline is the greatest obstacle in preventing most people from achieving the levels of success they desire. Take a moment to process that if you had the discipline to do everything you knew you should do, even when you did not feel like doing it, how much more successful you will be in achieving your personal and professional goals. Discipline is the most challenging habit to do consistently, which is why employers reward it more than any other. Read more
By Nic Ferguson
Being honest, my biggest challenge is self-discipline — or lack of! And it’s an area I grow more aware of and want to challenge daily.
The trouble is, I find it hard to do what I say I want to do! For example, my intention was to write from 5.30am this morning, and guess what, it’s just gone 6am.
This isn’t uncommon for me and it gets on my nerves. Or rather, I should say, I get on my nerves. Self-discipline has been the biggest obstacle in the pursuit of my goals. Read more
Whether it’s a career change, a new skill you’re trying to master, or a big presentation lingering on your to-do list, we often delay complex projects only to later realize they weren’t quite as impossible as we’d imagined. So what’s standing in the way? According to Sam Bennett, author ofStart Right Where You Are, if we can’t visualize every stage from start to finish, we’re often too scared to jump in: “In school we’re taught to know the answers before we’re tested.” But we don’t always need to think that far ahead. Taking just one stride toward an achievement can give you the momentum you need to keep going—and might even clarify what comes next. These ideas will help you make major headway, step-by-step. Read more