When it comes to meeting goals, it's really the power of our minds that gets things done. But is your mindset working for you, or against you? Mental roadblocks are often what really stop us, not physical or financial ones. Sometimes all it takes is an act of willpower to break through to the next step. By using a few simple tricks, you can improve your focus, meet your goals, and skyrocket your productivity.
Make it Tangible
Before you can truly make progress towards achieving your goals, you need to be clear on what it is you want to accomplish. Make sure that you are setting SMART goals, which are:
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Attainable
R - Relevant
T - Timely
Once your goal meets each of the SMART criteria, take action to make it tangible. Write it down. Tell a friend. Post about it on social media. The more you write about it and discuss it, the more real it will feel. This will make you more likely to follow through, and not let it fall by the wayside.
Sometimes clutter can get in the way of reaching our goals. Whether it is physical or emotional clutter, taking the time to clear away distractions can be the first step in achieving our biggest goals.
By spending just 10 or 15 minutes removing distractions, you can increase your productivity, improve your focus, and impact your mindset. Stop to think of what it is that is holding you back. Is it a strain in a personal relationship? Maybe it’s that pile of paperwork just waiting to be dealt with. By identifying the obstacle and taking steps to rectify it, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals.
Savor Small Victories
If a goal is particularly large, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Breaking it down into smaller pieces can make it feel more manageable. Remember, every goal is made up of many steps that are easily reachable.
When you do reach a small step towards your larger goal, take the time to celebrate! This can give you the added boost of motivation you need to keep pressing on towards the big picture.
Yes, life can get crazy sometimes, and unforeseen situations can arise. But that doesn’t give you an excuse to stop pursuing your goals. While you may experience setbacks that are out of your control, it is important to press forward and maintain your focus.
Don’t blame situations or other people for your lack of progress. Take responsibility for your own actions, and learn from your setbacks.
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Reassess and Refocus
Sometimes even the best laid plans get turned upside down. When that happens, you may need to reevaluate your goal to see if there is a better way of achieving it. You may need to take a different path to get there, but keep your eye on the big picture.
Being flexible with your methods may improve your odds of achieving big dreams. While the long term goal will stay the same, you may think of a better way to achieve it once you have already started working towards it.
Small Steps Add Up
By taking a few simple steps, you can maximize your focus. This can be one of your most powerful tools in reaching your goals. What steps will you take today to become laser focused on what you want to achieve?