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The simple secrets of setting goals and actually sticking to them
Why is it that we start the year filled with renewed drive and motivation only to find ourselves drifting aimlessly through life a few months later? It's easy to make plans for the future and how we're going to change our life for the better - it's much more difficult to build new habits and ove...

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Destination Goals

While we set our personal goals, we make the common mistake of setting a 'destination goal', focusing on the end result,  without considering the hardships and daily challenges.

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Life Direction

Instead of sticking to dream goals it is better to set a life Direction.

How to figure out a Life Direction? Ask yourself these fundamental questions:

  • What energizes me?

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Action Plan

Determine and plan in advance all the critical parts of your goal, and break it down in small, actionable tasks.

The small, divided tasks keep you motivated by providing a feeling of progress...

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Constant Review

Keep assessing and reviewing your progress towards the goal, constantly checking upon yourself and providing self-feedback.

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Good Strategies

Embrace strategies that make your goal more achievable.

  • Specific planning helps you implement with intention and drive.
  • Habit stacking: Undertaking a task repeatedly results in a...

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Align your Environment

Our surroundings play a key role in shaping our motivation and willpower.

We should keep in mind that we normally choose what is easy for us, instead of what is good for us. For example: I...

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Not too hard, Not too Easy

If a goal is too hard or too easy there is a chance it won't be accomplished. The trick is to work on tasks that are on the edge of our current abilities. 

Keep tasks challenging but ...

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Goal setting

Goal setting

Is the act of selecting a target or objective you wish to achieve.

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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.”

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