It is already February in the year of 2010. I wonder how many people are still following through their goals or New Year Resolutions? It is sad to say this but most people have already started to put their gym memberships to waste or have stopped following up on their new business plans.
Why is it so hard for people to follow through their goals? How do some people stick to their goals no matter what they face while others falter easily in the face of obstacles? There are certainly some things that those who succeed know that others don’t know. Read on and I will share with you the art of following through your goals.
The Art Of Following Through
1. The Power Of Certainty
Most people set goals that they want to achieve but it is not impossible to achieve your goals when you have doubts and mix emotions. To achieve your goals, you need to have the feeling of certainty that you will be able to achieve your goals.
If you lack the feeling of certainty, most likely you will take half hearted actions and continue to doubt your ability. As long as this cycle exists in your mind, you will start to dread doing your tasks that can bring you nearer to your goals.
Eventually you will have so many doubts that whether the effort you are putting in will give you the results that you want. This will make you feel so frustrated that you will eventually decide to stop following through.
Set any goals that you want but always make it a point to generate the feeling of certainty that you will be able to achieve it. Set goals that can stretch you and not those that you think that it is impossible to achieve.
2. Lesser Is Better
Most people set too many goals at one time and they ended up forgetting what their goals are. I wonder how can you reach your destination when you do not know where you are intending to go? Do not fall into this trap thinking that the more goals you have the more you will achieve.
This is the wrong mindset. Make it a point to set up a maximum of 3 goals and replace them only when you achieve the first ones that were set up. This will ensure that you can remember clearly what your goals are. Not setting too many goals can also help to prevent the overwhelming effect that can freeze you into inaction.
3. Reminders – Why Everyone Needs One
There will be times that you will stray off the path that you have intended to take. This is the time when reminders come into play and bring you back to your path. To drastically increase your chances of achieving your goals, you will need to remind yourself daily.
Some ways to do it is to create a vision board or write down your goals on a piece of paper. Paste them at your work station or at some where that you can see it daily. Spend some time daily to see your vision board or the goals that you had written down.
It does help to if you visualize daily that you had already achieved your goals. The positive images in your mind will help you to generate positive feelings that you will need to keep on moving forward.
4. Consistent Action
To achieve your goals, you will have to take consistent action every other day. You can’t expect to achieve your goals when you take action for a single day, rest for a week and start to take action again for 2 to 3 days.
Create the habit of planning your day. Ensure that you always complete some tasks that will help you move closer to you goals every day. Once you have created this habit of taking consistent action, be prepared to see the snowball effect and momentum that will help you achieve your goals much faster.
You can break a chopstick easily but it is hard to break a bunch of chopsticks. If you are trying to achieve your goals without any support from others, it may seem like you are fighting against the world alone. This is not the feeling that you want to have. What are the chances of winning against the world with just a single person?
Form your own mastermind group. A mastermind group must consist of at least 2 people and preferably with someone who is positive and trying to achieve a similar goal as you are. The encouragement you can receive from each other will serve as a tremendous support that will help to keep you going even when you feel like giving up.
Most people set goals but they totally neglected on the art of following through their goals. Once you decided to pick up the art of following through, you can expect to see increased motivation and your fire and passion for achieving your goals will be burning much longer.
I welcome your comments and I love to hear whether you think these are effective tips that can help you to follow through to achieve your goals. If you have any other tips, feel free to share with us.
Vincent Tan is a Guest Blogger for PickTheBrain. He writes about personal development over at HealthMoneySuccess. His aim is to help people to awaken the sleeping genius within them so that they can achieve their desired success in life. He had created a free ebook, “Unleash Your Maximum Potential” and you can grab your free copy over here at Unleash Your Maximum Potential.
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