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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’.

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Set Goals To Help You To Focus

Why do career advisors, successful entrepreneurs and athletes harp on about setting goals? Firstly, set goals to help you to focus.  Secondly, if you don’t know where you want to head, how are you going to get there? This is a great post written by a management and career consultant, V Pradeep Kumar, for the Decan Herald.  I have excerpted a few favourite points.

Set Goals To Help You To Focus

Set smart goals

Use the power of your imagination as well as skillful planning to set your professional goals.

Integrate goals

It’s a good strategy to have multiple goals in different areas such as your professional career, personal life, financial and asset creation, health and fitness. These goals in different aspects of life should complement each other and not contradict them.

Why is goal setting so important?

Life is all about making the right choices and goal setting is the process of making those choices. Goals enable you to focus, act as strong motivators and improve results. Follow your dream; but be sure you love the profession. You may start with a job; turn that job into a passionate career.

Career success is a destination you want to reach. Let the goals be specific like setting a needle in your compass. From then on, the compass knows only one point, faithfully guiding you through the journey ahead. Look forward to the destination, but appreciate and enjoy the journey.

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No matter where you are in life, whether you’re still at school, finishing university, half way through your career, or even in retirement, if you haven’t already done so, set goals to help you to focus.  Without your destination in mind, you’ll be like a lost puppy in a jungle not knowing which way to turn, or how you’re going to get there, because it’ll all be mystery!

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Focus on Willpower To Achieve Your Goals

If you’re one who finds that you give up too soon on a goal, it may be that you’re attempting to do too many things at once, or you’re setting unrealistic goals, in unrealistic time frames. On the other hand, if your goal is related to weight loss, it may be down to a slight lack of willpower and a struggle to resist temptation. As my grandfather once told me, he could “resist everything except temptation”. Psychologist Steven Breckler talks about a few simple strategies here on how to focus on willpower to achieve your goals.

Focus on one goal at a time. The more goals you have, the less likely you are to achieve them, because every goal has its own set of self-control needs and depletes your mental energy reserves, Breckler says. “Research suggests focusing on one goal at a time and making progress on achieving that. If you are trying to exercise self-control in many areas of your life, you may deplete your mental reserves quickly. That’s the kind of exhaustion that’s the enemy of self-control.

“Reduce temptations. It’s easier to be successful if you’re not bombarded by temptations, Breckler says. If you’re trying to reduce your credit-card debt, then take only cash with you when shopping. “It relieves you of the burden of exercising self-control.”

Set short-term, realistic goals. Trying to lose 25 pounds can be daunting, but shooting to lose five pounds may be less so, Ducharme says. After you lose a few pounds and your pants are a little less tight, you may be encouraged to keep going.

Whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds or clear credit card debt, focus on will power to achieve your goals by adopting these techniques set forth by Steven Breckler. I believe you should reward yourself too once you’ve achieved that small goal, before you go onto the next.

 

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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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