Do you have a dream, a goal…something to achieve and work towards?If not, what drives you to wake up in the morning?
Having the desire to be someone, accomplish something, and leave behind a personal legacy all starts with setting personal and professional goals and setting out to achieve them.Once that concept is understood, the question becomes: “How do I stay focused on accomplishing goals without losing sight of the purpose and not getting distracted by life’s struggles and constant changes?”This is a very common concern and often negatively effects staying on track to achieve a goal.Here are some suggestions:
1.What is the goal?Focus on what motivated you to create this goal.Is it a health concern, financial concern, or personal goal?Be aware of the importance and positive changes that will occur when this goal is achieved.
2. Place a reminder around you.Either cut out a picture of the ideal body you want, home you want to live in, or career you desire.Whatever the goal, it’s important to see it on a consistent basis so it’s not forgotten.Place it somewhere in your home or office where it’s visible; when you pass by the picture, visualize yourself already accomplishing that goal. Experience the feeling every time you see the picture.In order to manifest your dreams and desires, you must believe that they can occur and see your life changed because of them.
3. Break down the goal so it’s measurable and achievable, so you can work towards it on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Set a reminder for yourself every month to track your success. You can easily create a spreadsheet to measure how far along you are.
4. Find an accountability partner whom you’ll share your progress with. Therefore, make sure this person is aware of your short term goals in order to achieve the ultimate long term goal. This way, your accountability partner can make sure you’re on track.
5. Have a backup plan in case you fall behind.Are you willing to accelerate things one month to make up for a previous month’s shortcomings?If so, make sure your accountability party is aware of how to motivate you.
6. Celebrate the small successes.If you’ve worked hard for several weeks/months or accomplished half the goal, reward yourself!
7. Make sure to have fun; create a game out of it.Track and share your progress, struggles, etc. with your accountability partner.Allow your partner to support you and make suggestions.
8. Make sure to remember the reason you created the goal and visualize achieving it every time you loose focus or purpose.