Goal setting can be hard. You might’ve been told to put away money for an emergency, join the gym or go on a new fad diet. If for whatever reason you’d rather listen to fingernails scratching on an old school chalkboard, try to find something that speaks to you and fits your circumstances. Test drive some of the ideas below to goal set for the coming year or whenever you want to set a new goal. Read more
Despite our best intentions, it’s not always easy to stay motivated. Even when you set sensible and empowering goals, it’s easy to forget about them. So the next time you want to achieve something, remember the 3 P’s for committing to a goal.
1. Make It Practical
It’s great to dream big; we need monumental, life-long goals for our lives to feel meaningful. But sometimes, when we’re stuck in the daily grind, it’s easy to lose sight of those goals. This is often when we give up, simply settling for mediocrity instead. So instead of focusing on what you’d like to achieve in the next 10 years, set an ambitious, but achievable, goal for the next 10 days.
We tend to work harder when the end of a project is in sight. Therefore, it’s extremely useful to break your goal up into dozens of smaller projects — challenging tasks you can achieve in the near-term with a little hard work. These “small wins” will help you stay motivated over the long run.
2. Plan It Out
When committing to a goal, we often feel empowered and excited; “Yeah! I’m going to be a millionaire! I set a goal!”
If only it were that easy.
We’re very prone to getting discouraged and giving up when things don’t go our way. Maybe you get a parking ticket that interferes with your goal of saving $500 one month. And then you give up on saving because it all seems so futile; there’s always an unplanned expense.
But setbacks are inevitable. No matter what your goal is, something is going to interfere with you achieving it. The people who are most successful in life anticipate these setbacks and plan around them. They imagine working towards a goal and then predict all the obstacles that will get in their way; then they develop a plan for overcoming them.
When you do this, you’re much less likely to get discouraged. You just see obstacles as a part of the process.
3. Make It Public
I’ve talked before about the importance of stating your goals publicly. When you publicly commit to a goal, you’re in effect asking others to hold you accountable. We’re often held accountable in our careers and in school, but when we set more personal goals, there’s no one we have to answer to but ourselves. This makes it easy to save face and give up; no one has to know about our failure.
But when you tell those you care about what you’re going to do, they’re going to make sure you’ll actually do it. Tell a friend or family member, “I’m going to save $500 this month, and I’d like to put a note in your calendar to follow up with me in 30 days.”
Better yet, do this with several people. We hate disappointing other people, so suddenly the goal will become that much more important.
Committing To a Goal: Summary
The 3 P’s for committing to a goal are practicality, planning, and publicity. When you carefully plan short-term goals and make a public commitment to them, you greatly increase your chances of actually following through. Otherwise, it’s easy to lose motivation or rationalize giving up. So brush up on the process of setting SMART goals, then follow these three principles, and you’ll greatly increase your chances of success.
By Tim Norton
1. Visualize life on the other side
If you want to achieve a goal, you’ve got to really see and feel the way life will be when its achieved. Goals define a point where things clearly change, a point in time where you know you’ll be able to do things differently because of the platform the goal has created. There are so many things that we should do, but there’s a reason we should but never do them, they don’t mean anything to us emotionally or we haven’t found how they get us going. Quite often there’s a scenario you can see in your minds eye that makes you excited and makes you smile, the way life could be if we could just get to this point, thats the gold! Get clear on what that point is, thats your goal, Put the scenario down in words, get a picture that reminds you it, write it down, and throw it into PlanHQ
2. Get Commitment
A goal is only as good as the people who are going to make it happen, so everyone needs to feel the love of the outcome and agree to when its going to happen. Ideally get as many people as possible involved in visualizing the outcome, different people will have different outcomes that make achieving the goal worth while. If you’re a team, the best goals are ones you all want. If you’re the main leader of the goal, then you would have been assimilating all the ideas and thinking of others in the team and set a goal that you know everyone will love.
3. Break it into bits, its action time
When you see the goal, the point in the future where life is that much cooler, think of all the things that lie between now and then. Throw down any that come to mind, add them as actions against the goal, and try and put in a realistic time that you can do them by. A goal is something big, and something that really gets you and you team emotionally charged up, but some of the things you’ll have to do to get there are less exciting, but have to be done, use the buzz of knowing that if you do them you’ll reach your goal be your driving force to get things don
4. Start Now and make constant Progress
We’ve all heard there’s no time like the present, and there’s a reason for this. There’s only one thing worse than not setting goals, its setting a goal and leaving it to sit in words and and idealand. When you’re charged up on your goal, use this energy to to do the first thing you can do. If you want to have that feeling that you will achieve your goal, then make some progress. Everytime you do one thing towards your goal, you send a clear signal to yourself, this goal is important and I’m already on the path to getting there.
5. Celebrate Success
Its too easy to keep adding more things into a goal, and to keep expanding it. This is natural, because as you make more progress, your mind will reward you by letting you see further into the future, as it trusts that what it shows you, you will do. But seeing the next step ahead is just one reward for making progress on achieving your goals, you also have to remember just how far away achieving the goal once was, when you first set it, and feel the gap you’ve closed. Acknowledge your success, you’ve all worked hard to achieve the goal, so enjoy hitting it and take some space to enjoy it!