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Alternative Ways To Focus On Your Goals

Alternative Ways To Focus On Your Goals

If you’re bored of hearing about goal setting, or are frustrated that you’re not meeting your goals, then these alternative ways to focus on your goals will be of interest to you. In fact, Nir Eyal, for Psychology Today says that you should not set goals, which initially I thought was highly controversial. Reading on though, I realised that what he is saying does actually make a lot of sense. We often set ourselves unrealistic goals, or goals that we won’t enjoy working towards, so he recommends rather than setting goals we should create productive habits which make our lives more enjoyable.

Alternative Ways To Focus On Your Goals

Step 1: Have no goals
Now I’m not saying setting goals never works. I’m saying it only works in certain contexts. In situations where someone else is asking you for output, like at work, goals are critical. Goals are also helpful when training to become an expert. However, most of us aren’t shooting to become world-class experts. You’re likely not struggling in competition with others, but with yourself.You are really confused right now, aren’t you? Everything you’ve learned about getting what you want in life has centered on the importance of setting goals. You’ve probably heard that you should always start with the ends goals first. I beg to differ.

See if any of these goals ring a bell:

“I’m going to lose 20 pounds by summer.”

“I’m going to run a marathon.”

“I’m not eating carbs for a month.”

How did those work out for you? Did any of these goals make your life better in the long run? Yeah, I didn’t think so. That’s because these kinds of goals aren’t optimizing for what’s really important, namely living an enjoyable life.

I call these kinds of goals “BUT Goals” because they are Big, Un-fun, and Time-boxed. These kinds of goals add misery to your life and people are biologically programmed to avoid things that cause them pain. If your goals are not enjoyable, you’ll quit. Therefore, when creating a productive habit, remember: hard work doesn’t work, so dump the goals.

Instead, forget the end destination and begin a journey. Your journey must be enjoyable, endless and easy. It is along a journey that your productive habits will form. A journey sounds something like this:

“I want to cultivate a love of exercise.”

“I want to learn to enjoy building wealth.”

“I want to enhance my enjoyment of time with my family.”

You’ll never complete these journeys and that’s exactly the point. It is only through consistent practice that you will actually form habits and fulfill your potential. What you do along the journey is less important; you’ll figure that out as you go. The important thing is to keep walking the journey free from the pressure of completing a specific goal. But how can your ensure you keep walking your journey?

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These alternative ways to focus on your goals are probably great for some goals, but not for others. If for example, your goal is to make £5,000 per month in 6 months time, then this financial target will help you to break down what you need to do in order to reach that goal. I’m not sure creating habits like “I want to learn to enjoy building wealth” as he suggests will be so effective. How will you break down your journey? How will you plan your days/weeks? What do you think?


10 Deeper Ways To Focus On Your Goals

We’ve all heard about goal setting but are we doing it? Without goals set (and written down) we’re essentially coasting in life with no destination in place, akin to a lost puppy in a jungle. If we don’t know what we’re aiming for, how on earth will we get there? These 10 deeper ways to focus on your goals are excerpted from Psych Central. Author, relationship consultant, licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Athena Staik  explains the necessity to align your subconscious mind with your conscious mind, in order to reach your goals. I highly recommend reading the whole article.

Ways To Focus Your MindSpeaking of goals, studies shows people who have written goals, or better yet S.M.A.R.T. goals, are more likely to realize them. It makes sense, considering that, when you take time to write something down, you automatically engage your brain in deeper processes of focused attention.

Unless you’ve achieved mastery in focusing your attention, it’s preferable to select one or maximum two goals, from your personal list of goals, to work on to complete the ten step exercise below. If you have not yet put together your own personal list, here are two lists of goals (personal and relational) to give you some ideas, from which to choose one or two goals most important to you.

Possibilities for personal goals:

  • Improve my self-esteem and confidence.
  • Develop healthy body-image and relationship with my body.
  • Adopt a lifestyle of eating nutritious foods (and break addiction to junk foods).
  • Let go of extra weight to look and feel better.
  • Realize and maintain a trim, fit, healthy body.
  • Embrace a lifestyle of regular exercise.
  • Improve my performance, success and productivity at work (career, school, etc.).
  • Break an addiction to drinking, smoking or taking substances.
  • Stop or dramatically reduce time on computer or watching TV.
  • Break free of fear of failure to go after my dream, career, relationship, etc.
  • Serve and meaningfully contribute to a community or group.

Possibilities for relationship goals:

  • Energize emotional closeness, fun, passion in my couple relationship.
  • Cultivate deeper, more engaging friendships.
  • Heal a relationship with a parent, sibling or child.
  • Attract a special partner, who is loving, healthy and caring.
  • Heal my couple relationship from harmful conflict, infidelity or other trauma.

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If you took the time out to read all 10 deeper ways to focus on your goals, you may be thinking they were a bit ‘out there’ but to me make total sense. They makes sense as I’ve recently read a book called Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill where he examined the minds of 500 of America’s most powerful, wealthy and generally happy people to reveal the type of mindset, and what they all, without question, had in common. It was first written in 1937 and it’s still selling like hot cakes. There have been a number of revisions but ultimately it’s about changing your mindset using a number of different techniques, such as aligning your subconscious mind with your conscious mind. The film, The Secret, which explains the Law Of Attraction, and how changing your mindset so you attract what you want is very similar. If you haven’t seen that, then I’d strongly recommend that you do, but be prepared, it’s a little ‘out there’.


Define and Achieve Your Goals as an Entrepreneur

Setting up your own business is an exciting venture and something I think everyone should have a stab at, but that’s besides the point. Without clear goals, it’s hard to know what to strive for, so goal setting is imperative. This is a brief, yet concise article which should help you define and achieve your goals as an entrepreneur.

Yes, we are a world of instant gratification, but if the focus isn’t on the future, things will go astray, and before you know it, your focus is on the day to day, and not the big picture. Here are some tips to keep your nose to the grindstone,

I think it’s particularly important to write down your goals and to be as specific as you can. I wholeheartedly agree with that point. Writing things down and in a diary helps to visualise, and through visualisation, this helps you achieve. It’s really important that you define and achieve your goals as an entrepreneur – without a boss breathing down your neck, you need tools to motivate yourself, and this is one of them.

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Set Goals to Focus

If you’re struggling to reach your goals, it’s more than likely that you’re lacking the focus to do so. They go hand in hand; focus to reach goals and set goals to focus. One of the top female athletes in Canada, Kate Allgood, became a Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) specialist so she could help other athletes to focus.

In order to maintain the mental fitness required for injury-free athletic performance, Allgood learned Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) to balance and restore muscles. She became a MAT specialist, then a certified sports hypnotist so she could help

Among some of her recommendations as to how to set goals, she mentions that if you can visualise an end goal, then you should go for it. This can be applied to anyone, not just athletes. If you set yourself a financial target, set one that’s realistic in say 3 months, one that you know is attainable. Set goals to focus. Don’t set unrealistic goals – you probably won’t reach them.

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Focus On Goal To Avoid Stress

Goal setting is an excellent way to focus and avoid stress according to Nandita Rajan who recently wrote an article for students in The Times Of India. Shut yourself out from the rest of the world, focus on your end goal, eat decent food, get enough sleep, drink enough fluids and take regular breaks. Write your goals down too, then break them down, work backwards and work in manageable periods of time.

Once you start focusing on the book you will realize that all other external factors are falling by the wayside, and that includes stress. Take a break at the point when you realize that whatever you are reading is not being comprehended by your brain.

It’s far too easy to find yourself immersed in work, forgetting just why you’re doing it, whether you’re studying, or setting up a business, or working 10 hours a day in an office. Everything you do should be goal-orientated or everything you do will become meaningless. If you forget why you’re putting in all these hours, take a step back and remind yourself of your end goal. Focus on that goal, and avoid stress.

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Ways to Focus and Get your Work Done Without a Boss

When you work for yourself, there are added stresses and finding focus can be a challenge. You have to become your own boss, tell yourself what to do, when you need to get things done, give yourself strict deadlines and it can be trying. Here are some effective ways to focus which may just help.

For example you can set a timer for an hour and then see how much writing you can get done with a focused hour of work. When the hour is done you can then indulge a time waster or two before setting the clock for another hour and getting back to work.

Create a routine, set small goals, achieve those goals, turn off distractions and you’ll have accomplished some effective ways to focus.

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