Can’t bear the thought of setting goals?
My previous post looked at how to go about setting short term goals. For some of you, just the thought of setting goals is exhausting. Many people find that they simply don’t have the drive or motivation to set goals. It just seems like it requires too much time and too much energy. Perhaps what you really need help with is not how to set goals, but how to get the mindset for achieving goals.
Is your mind your enemy?
So just how could your mindset prevent you from achieving your goals? In two ways: it could hamper you in getting around to setting your goals in the first place, or it could undermine and prevent any progress towards achieving your goals. It might be that your mind feels cluttered with everything that’s going on in your day-to-day life. Maybe there are commitments that are preoccupying your thoughts. You might even suffer from a low self-esteem and tell yourself that you can’t do it. In order to make any progress towards making a change in your life, your thoughts and emotions needs to be aligned and focused on what it is you want. Easier said than done, you say? Well, here is some advice about adopting the right mindset for achieving goals…
The mindset for achieving goals – you can do this!
You often hear people talking about a positive attitude. What’s it all about? A positive attitude enables you to be optimistic, and if you anticipate success then you will go out there and do what you need to do to achieve your goals. It gives you the confidence and energy to keep you motivated and proactive. It’s the foundation of the mindset for achieving goals.
It’s really important to bear in mind that you are already good at setting and achieving goals. Whether it’s getting errands done or completing tasks at work, every day is filled with goals that you set yourself and then achieve. So you’re already managing this on a basic level. You have the beginnings of the mindset for achieving goals – it’s just time to take it up a notch.
Firstly, you need to take responsibility for your goals. Better yet, make yourself accountable to someone else. Wanting to get fit and healthy? Join a group training program with a friend, or sign up for personal training sessions. Being accountable to someone else means it’s more likely that you’ll honour your commitment. If other people are aware of your goals, then you’re more likely to be focused and determined to achieve them.
Secondly, you need to identify all the factors that might hamper your success. Identifying your current and potential obstacles means that you can take steps to overcome them.
Thirdly, focus on intrinsic motivation and self-development. In other words, don’t compare yourself to others or look to worry as a motivator. Focus on the inherently enjoyable aspects of growing as a person and developing your skills and knowledge. Your ultimate reward should be basking in the satisfaction of achieving your goals and making a positive change in your life.
And lastly, at all times be disciplined, consistent and patient. With this mindset for achieving goals, the rewards will come!