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What I Learned About Achieving Goals and How to Achieve Yours

Stay On TargetBehind every achieved goal, there’s a story about our own personal development.  It is a manifestation of experiences, challenges, and our inner abilities all accumulating to one glorious moment, marking off a goal from your “to-achieve list”.

Every goal is a test; a test of willpower, courage, and intellect. But what really sets apart people who are able to reach their goals from those who cave in?

Since achieving most noteworthy goals takes some time, it’s quite difficult to isolate the exact cause that allows some people to achieve their goals and prevents others from achieving theirs.

So let’s ask ourselves a few questions first.  Hopefully by the end of this post, we’ll have a broader understanding of what it takes to achieve our own goals. [Read more…]

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Forget Setting Goals And Focus On The Process?

Forget Goal Setting And Focus on The SystemNow this goes against most things I’ve read about and implemented about but thought I’d feature it anyway. It’s controversial as I’m a big believer in setting goals but the author, James Clear, makes some very valid points on some potential negative effects of goal setting. I think the main reason people fail with New Years’ Resolutions (for example) is that they focus on the process and not on the end goal and the emotional reasons for achieving that end goal. Using the weight loss example of the last post, of we only focus on going to the gym (yawn), or running or cycling or whatever it is we do, it’s easy to lose motivation – unless we make that process fun I guess. Some great points are made here, so do check them out.. [Read more…]

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How To Retrain Your Brain To Overcome “Microwave Mentality”

Results from longer term thinkingNowadays, we tend to live in an instant gratification culture. When we try something new, we want results and we want them fast – hence the microwave metaphor. We want results now. I read recently that successful people tend to be longterm thinkers and I’m starting to understand why. I tend to always underestimate how long things take which means I set myself up for disappointment. Then I remind myself of something my father used to say to me: “Anything that’s worth achieving isn’t going to be easy” – or something along those lines. It might have sounded slightly cooler than that! [Read more…]

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Focus Is Key For Success

Focus Is Key For SuccessGiven that you’re reading this blog, the chances are that you’re aware that focus is key for success. You can set as many goals as you like, have dreams, get motivated and learn, but without focused attention and action, you’ll struggle to succeed. I for one, can vouch for this which is why I started this blog in the first place and on the realisation that I was far from alone with this struggle.  In today’s world of ‘hyper distraction’ with endless opportunities it’s becoming more and more challenging to focus and be productive – which is why it is so important to develop your ability to focus – and this is very possible. [Read more…]

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Results, Purpose and Massive Action – Tony Robbins

Results, Purpose, Massive Action

Source: headachecare.com/goals.html

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ll have possibly noticed that I often refer to the world famous, peak performance coach, Tony Robbins. In relation to my post on Monday about The Power Of Goal Setting, this is a clip of him talking about the importance of being absolutely clear about what you want (Results), giving yourself a strong enough why (Purpose) and then taking Massive Action. [Read more…]

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The Power Of Goal Setting

Goal SettingDo you ever get to the end of a week, a month, or year (or heaven forbid, longer than a year) and wonder what on earth you’ve achieved or worse still, what you’re doing with your life? Have you ever been on a long drive and got so lost in your thoughts when it suddenly occurs to you that you haven’t remembered a certain section of your journey? It’s a scary feeling isn’t it? This is what happens to our lives when we don’t set goals and have something to aim for. What tends to happen is that we unknowingly put ourselves into a reactive state, rather than a proactive state. The power of goal setting  (and hitting them), enables us to take control of our lives so we end up doing what fulfills us most, so we live the life that we want to lead, rather than one as a passenger (so to speak).

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Manage Your Focus, Not Your Time

Focus on goals, not timeManage your focus, not your time, says Ariel Diaz, CEO of  Boundless. This really caught my attention as most of us focus on time management and how to manage our time with the help of fads such as to-do lists and day plans. Now whilst they’re useful to a certain degree, they lack a ‘why’ for the entrepreneur – or anyone for that matter. If your day is filled with ‘to-dos’, it’s easy to lose motivation and sight of what you’re aiming for – and before you know it, a whole heap of time has flashed past your life. [Read more…]

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Seven Strategies For Success in 2013

As we begin the New Year we often reflect on the previous and make choices about how we’d like to make changes. These seven strategies for success in 2013 will help you do just that. It may be that you’ve had a wildly hard working and financially successful year and want to calm down a little to spend more time with friends and family. Or, it may be that you’ve not achieved everything you wanted to achieve last year and are wanting to gear yourself up for greater challenges. Whatever your reflections tell you, take a few minutes out to read this advice from Paula Davis-Laack for Psychology Today.

Successful new year1) Embrace the three C’s. Not long after I started my business, I saw a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen for awhile. After we hugged hello, she remarked, “Whatever you are doing is working – you are positively glowing.” The happiness that she saw bubbling up in me had nothing to do with anything extrinsic (money, cars, new clothes), but the type of motivation that makes you happy in your core.

According to psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, in order for you to get more of that glow-in-the-dark happiness, you should pursue goals that foster relatedness (connection), experience mastery (competence), and autonomy or freedom (choice).

Click here to view the whole article on Psychology Today

Which of these seven strategies for success in 2013 will you adopt right away? This first point allows you to align your goals with your deepest values – if indeed you set goals. If you don’t set goals, think about it – and that’s not just financially, but can be applied to health & fitness, relationships, friendships, hobbies, sports, desires and aspirations etc. Goals create a destination which allow you to form a road map in order to get there. Without a destination, there is no road map, so how will you get there? Check out the posts on goal setting and visualisation to find out more. Now is a very good time to do it!

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Motivation For Goal Achievement

It can be demoralising when you set goals and miss them. We’ve all been there and it’s not uncommon. Interestingly it can be down to your motivation for goal achievement and recent neurological research has suggested that there are 2 motivating factors that act independently from one another in your brain; the “why” and the “how”.  Elliot Berkman and David Rock explain all in this rather scientific article for Fast Company.

Motivation For Goal Achievement

Motivation for goal achievementCarver and Michael Scheier would answer that you’re actually doing both at the same time. This is because both actions–typing words and authoring a novel–are embedded within the same goal hierarchy that contains multiple and different aspects of the goal. Motivation is represented at higher levels of the hierarchy and mechanics are represented at lower levels; asking why moves you up in the hierarchy, and asking how moves you down. With the pitcher, finding his release point is the way, but striking out the batter is the will. To succeed at most goals, both pieces are required–without a will, there’d be no need for a way, and without a way, there is no means to achieve the end–and, critically, the two must remain connected to one another to sustain goal pursuit through to success.

Click here to view the whole article on Fast Company

So if you you can get your head around this, you’ll have deduced that there needs to be a “why” and a “how” motivating factor attached to each goal that is set, or at least, the brain needs to understand both perspectives. They need to remain connected. This makes total sense and is why visualisation is so important when it comes down to goal setting; this provides the “why” – if you can imagine yourself, clearly having achieved said goal in say 3 months’ time, particularly if you attach emotion to the visualisation, then the “how” elements of achieving your goal become less significant and less arduous. They’re just little things that need to get done, rather than massive obstacles that stand in your way.

 

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Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself

If you struggle with motivation, then these ways to focus and motivate yourself, written by Donna M. White (LMHC, CACP) for Psych Central, are well worth a quick read. Motivation and focusing go hand in hand, as without one, the other will suffer. There are various reasons why people struggle with motivation, ranging from a lack of interest in the task in hand, lack of exercise, poor diet, depression, anxiety, fear of failure etc. A number of these reasons are easily remedied, but some are harder to fix. These tips may just change the way you think about your endeavors and help you get motivated.

Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself

Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself Whatever your reason for your lack of motivation, there are ways to get it back. These simple solutions may get you motivated in no time.

  • Weigh the cost of not getting the task done.

When you can’t think of a reasons to get up and get moving, think of what will happen if you don’t.  When we evaluate the costs of not getting something done the answer is usually something negative. If you’re not motivated to exercise, the costs could include gaining weight or health issues.  If you’re not motivated to go to work, the cost could include getting further behind.

  • Hang around inspiring, motivated people.

If I’m feeling lazy it sure doesn’t help if I’m hanging around other lazy people.  Surround yourself with other people who are motivated to do things.

Continue reading on Psych Central

I liked the first point of these ways to focus and motivate yourself. When it comes to motivation, the majority of us are driven more by the fear of what will happen if we don’t do something, rather than through our desire to do or achieve something. So when you weigh up the costs of not getting the task done, this may just kick start you into getting the task done. Give it a go, write down a few ideas as to how you’d feel and what would happen if you don’t complete the task in hand. Once you’ve got them down on paper, keep them to hand and refer to them whenever you need to. Also write down your goals, and then visualise them and how you’d feel accomplishing them.

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