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3 Absolute Musts To Be Successful At Goal-Setting

https://www.forbes.com/sites/piasilva/2018/12/19/3-absolute-musts-to-be-successful-at-goal-setting/

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3 Absolute Musts To Be Successful At Goal-Setting
What I've learned in 10 years of developing a more effective goals process is that there are just a few key factors to successful goal-setting. Unfortunately, they also happen to be the ones we skip over most often and missing just one of them significantly lowers your chance of achieving any goal.

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3 Keys to effective goal-setting

  1. Be Your Own Therapist And Shrink Yourself. Ask yourself why do you really want this goal and what feeling do you hope to get from achieving it.
  2. The Big Picture, Middle Picture, And Small Picture. Know the ultimate goal, the middle steps, and the micro steps needed each day.
  3. Plan Like A Quitter. Plan the method through which you will stay accountable and in touch with your goals throughout the year, knowing there will be inevitable challenges.

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The “endowment effect”

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  • Merely fantasizing about your goal is de-motivating – it actually tricks the brain into thinking you already have achieved it.
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The Rudders and Oars Metaphor

It helps clarify the difference between SYSTEMS and GOALS:
  • Your goals are like the rudder on a small rowboat. They set the direction and determine where you go. 
  • If you commit to one goal, then the rudder stays put and you continue moving forward. 
  • If you flip-flop between goals, then the rudder moves all around and it is easy to find yourself rowing in circles.
  • If the rudder is your goal, then the oars are your process for achieving it. While the rudder determines your direction, it is the oars that determine your progress.

Example: If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

How to Set Goals You'll Actually Follow

  1. Ruthlessly Eliminate Your Goals. Consistently prune and trim down your goals. If you can muster the courage to prune away a few of your goals, then you create the space you need for the remaining goals to fully blossom.
  2. Stack Your Goals. Make a specific plan for when, where and how you will perform this."Networking: After I return from my lunch break, I will send one email to someone I want to meet."
  3. Set an Upper Bound. Don't focus on the minimum threshold. Instead of saying,  “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today.” rather say, “I want to make at least 10 sales calls today, but not more than 20.”