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4 Ways to Know Your Goals Are Too Small | Brian Tracy

Creating a substantial life change

Robust goals take your current situation and enhance it to a noticeable level. 

Goals that don’t impact you in a meaningful fashion are often too small.

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Challenging your abilities

A healthy goal forces us a little out of our comfort zone.

When your goals do not ask you to work harder, maintain a laser focus or get the blood pumping, it’s important to aim a tad higher.

Creating a substantial life change

Robust goals take your current situation and enhance it to a noticeable level. 

Goals that don’t impact you in a meaningful fashion are often too small.

Inspiring goals

One of the indicators that a goal is too small trails back to your lack of enthusiasm.

Inspirational goals garner your focus and call on your inner self to focus and stay on task. They have a pull that draws your attention and makes you want to achieve.

Specific goals

Serious goals should include some level of detail, to emphasize your determination to reach them.

A general idea is fine, but you also need specifics: essential details about how to get from today to the day you earn the win.

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Motivation vs. Intention

We all have the motivation, willpower, or desire to achieve our goals to some degree.

What makes the difference, what turns your goals into reality is not really your level of motivation, ...

Implementation Intentions

They refer to the plan you make about when and where to act before the action occurs.

The format for creating an implementation intention is: “When situation X arises, I will perform response Y.”

Implementation intentions are an effective way of sticking to your goals.

Follow Through With Your Goals

If you make a specific plan for when and where you will perform a new habit, you have bigger chances to follow through.

You don't need motivation, you need clarity. Simply follow your predetermined plan: I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION].

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Make planning a habit
Make planning a habit

Some mornings we feel motivated to create a to-do list, but that is often the exception. We need to get things done, even when we feel disengaged.

Start by setting the alarm for you...

Align your to-do list with goals
  1. Break down your big goals into daily tasks. You can't add "Get in shape" to your daily to-do list, but you can add "spend 30 minutes on my bike."
  2. Consider your week as a whole. You likely have multiple goals. Some goals benefit from daily activity, while working towards others a few times a week can create momentum.
  3. Add your have-to-do tasks last. We often fill our to-do lists with have-to-do tasks that crowd the whole day. Adding it last forces you to fit your have-to-do tasks around your goal tasks.
Have one daily priority

Many of us start our mornings with dozens of things we need to get done, but later realize that we haven't crossed any of them off our lists. We did get stuff done, but none of the things we planned.

A balm against hectic days that pass without progress is to choose a single activity to prioritize and protect in your calendar. If you struggle to select your top priority, ask yourself, when you look back on your day, what do you want the highlight to be? That's your priority.

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Start With Your Core Values

All improvement in your life, including financial improvement, begins with you clarifying your true values, committing yourself to living consistently with them, and then aligning everything...

Align Goals With Your Values

Hold the idea of wealth and success in your mind long enough and hard enough, until you draw into your life the resources you need to accomplish it.

Your main focus is to keep your mind fixed on improving your personal finances and achieving financial independence.

Think BIG But Start Small

Keep your vision in mind, but start wherever you are.

Work back from the future to the present. Make a list of the logical steps, in order, that you need to take to get from where you are to where you want to be. Then figure out what big or small action you can take today.

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