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How to Make Sure You Work on Your Goals
Use these tips to achieve your goals, even though working on your goals sounds difficult and, frankly, forgettable. In this article, I want to give you four techniques to make it easier to (1) remember your goals need you to work on your goals and (2) to get started each day on your next best step to success.
Use a Visible Reminder with Written Intentions
Here is Tip #1 to help you achieve your goals. Do you have a planner or a calendar you consult daily to remind you of planned activities? If you don’t have one, now would be the ideal time to start one. You can find free printable planners on the internet with a quick search.
If that doesn’t work for you, perhaps a bulletin board would work. Another possibility is creating a planner calendar for the month on a piece of poster board with sticky notes. Whatever you use, you need a way to keep your words before you every day. The reason I want you to have a visible reminder available, is that I want you to write your intentions out so you can read them often.
Add Written Intentions to Read Daily
Wherever your planner or calendar is, write on it the following words: “I will [perform this act to forward my goals] at [this time] at [this place].” For example, if your goal is to learn a new language using a piece of software, you will write, “I will study the French language using my laptop at 2:30 every afternoon for one hour, at the desk in my home office.”
According to studies, making this very plain commitment and seeing it often will make you much more likely to perform the needed actions.
Be Prepared for When Things Go Wrong
Tip #2 to help achieve your goals is something I have used and found very helpful. I call it “When Things Go Wrong”. If you made the commitment written about above, you know that at 2:20 pm, every person you’ve ever met will start dropping by for a chat. Or, you’ll get a call to pick up your sick child from school. Or, the power goes out.
You know these things happen. They always seem to happen when you’re trying to establish a regular habit. So, when things go wrong (because you know they will), I try to have an alternative action or actions that allow me to at least do something towards developing my desired behavior. In the case of French studies, I would probably set an alternative time period, in case of interruption, or try an app on my phone or a good French book to study at least something helpful, in case of power outages.
Track Accomplishments with Physical Action
Another trick that seems to help a lot of people is using some physical action to track each time you remember to perform the necessary action. I’m sure most people have heard of the stockbroker who became a major success this way. He filled a paper clip holder with a certain number of paper clips.
Every morning when he arrived at work, he began to make sales calls. For every call he made, he moved a paper clip from the full holder to an empty one. When he had moved them all, he allowed himself to go home from work. He had done the necessary things to be successful. Physical tracking might help you to establish your habits and be successful at accomplishing your goals.
Set Up Your Environment for Success
The last tip that I have to help you achieve your goals is something I call Environment Setup. That’s a nice formal way of saying, get everything you can ready, set out and ready to go. If you’re committed to learning yoga, have your exercise mat and yoga outfit set out to use.
It’s a lot easier to get going if everything is easy to find, to grab, and to get moving. If you have to search for things, it takes a lot of the wind out of your sail. Set up things so you don’t quit work on your goals before you even begin.
I hope these four techniques help you to accomplish your goals. I use one or more of these techniques every time I try to establish a new habit or work through a major project step-by-step.