Here’s How To Escape The Fake Goal Trap

Most people are stressed because they are overwhelmed with the number of things they need to do in the given 24 hour day. If the tasks in hand do stress you out, then you need to remember that working on prioritizing is a habit which will take you afar.

Change is hard. Changing many things at once can be overwhelming and that’s where most people fail. They are overwhelmed mentally even before they even start.

A year goes by and their goals remain nothing but figures and images continually spinning around in their mind.

Working on one or maximum two goals is what I have been advocating and also do practice in my coaching sessions. It does work like magic because in the mind you are not seeing it as a big insurmountable mountain but something doable.

It’s that much easier to move on to bigger goals when you have made progress on your number one or two goals first. We humans, are creatures of habit and this works for us in giving up on our goals or working towards them with a bull dog attitude.

Some of the goals you would want to set in your life could be:

1.    Improve your performance at work by 2x times

2.    Get into an exercise regime

3.    Become debt free

4.    Eat healthy

5.    Kick a bad habit

6.    Spend more time with your family

7.    And so on

Below are a few tips you can probably use to escape the fake goal trap in your own life.

Rank Your Goals In The Order Of Importance

The first rule of thumb is to prioritize your Goals in terms of which one is the most important and critical for your wellbeing. Once you have decided on that goal, say improving your performance at work, you need to put down an action plan and start working on it immediately. This additional article will help you work on prioritizing better.

I would suggest you write this goal in your book with a clear time frame as to when you would like it to be accomplished. There is magic in writing your goals and this will help you connect and engage with your Sub-conscious level better.

Also, when you put your thoughts onto a paper you are committing it to yourself and you can always review the goal by looking at it physically. You can get to know more on this in this brilliant article by Michael Hyatt.

Focus On One Goalpost

It is easy to focus on one goal at a time rather than many. Experience has taught me that even if one trips while working on one goal, it is not a big challenge to get back on track.

It could however prove to be insurmountable if one is working on many goals simultaneously.

Therefore, the secret is to work on one goal at a time diligently. Course correction is easier when we falter on one thing at a time, rather than many at the same time. You can refer my previous blog to help you develop your focus & clarity.

This might take a couple of days or weeks but remember that at the end of the day the satisfaction one gets in achieving the goal is incomparable.

Your energy goes where your focus is and it is the same when it comes to working on your life’s biggest goal.

Next time when you watch the Television, watch a pride of lions hunt and just go through the sequence of events before it actually pins down a prey.

One of the most common things they do is to focus on one prey and ignore everything else around it. They give it everything they have got. After all, their survival depends on this.

Fail-Proof Your Progress

Set a realistic time frame whilst working on your goals. Ensure that you are ready with the next goal when the present goal has become a habit and is about to reach a stage where it will become a part of your life.

This is where I have realized that writings down one’s goals in the old-fashioned way really play a significant role.

In the present era of tablets/smart phones, taking a white sheet of paper and writing your goals down is far more precise than keying it in the digital medium.

Personally, I feel more connected when I write things down physically and some of the most successful people follow this one habit without fail.

Remember that by doing this, you will fall in the 1% category of people who work on a goal, write it down and start working on it diligently irrespective of whether they have all the resources to achieve the end result.

Many people indulge in goal setting especially during the New Year, birthdays or anniversaries. They will be charged up for a few days and slowly run out of steam over a period of a week or so.

Personally, I have come across people who have multiple goals in mind and at the end of the day they will most likely falter in all the goals, thereby joining the remaining 99% of people who do not work and succeed with any of the goals.

If you are someone who has gone through the process of setting goals and not getting to it then it’s about time to change the approach right now.

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