There’s a big difference between achieving goals and setting goals.
When I ask them what their goals, dreams, and aspirations are, most people have a pretty good idea of what they want. But when I ask if they have a plan for achieving their goals, most people haven’t formulated anything concrete.
There’s a big difference between setting goals and achieving goals. And when it comes to setting goals, most of us continue to rely on hope and prayer alone. But to actually achieve your goals, you need to create a plan for success.
There are several techniques you can implement as you design your personal GPS for success. And if you invest a little bit of time to plan what you’re going to do, versus trying to figure it out as you go along. You’re far more likely to persevere and achieve what you set out to do.
Here’s a quick overview of the easy steps to achieve your goal.
The individual goals you set are stepping stones toward your true calling or highest purpose.
When you have your goal written down and clear in your mind, it’s time to visualize and strategize with tactics and a timeline.
Develop a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your lifetime. How do you see yourself once you’ve accomplished your goal? Mentally rehearse what your life will be like upon goal completion. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel? Use your senses to get clear on the external and internal outcome of personal achievement.
This is your “goal achievement” vision. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to move on to design a strategy.
Design a strategy.
A strategy allows you to figure out exactly what you must do in order to achieve your goal.
Your strategy is basically the overall game plan.
Ask yourself, “How can I achieve my goals?”
Action. Develop tactics.
A tactic is a specific action item you’ll follow through with in order to put your strategy into play. Developing tactics is a way to break down the strategy into smaller tasks and to-do.
Write this down. Once you have your action steps clearly outlined, have a look at your calendar.
Create a timeline.
So you’ve set your goal completion date for sometime in 2022 – 2023 great! To implement your strategy, take your outline of tactics and organize your schedule.
Pencil in time for each individual action step. A timeline will keep you on track to achieving your goal.
Got it? With strong motivation, a plan, and a timeline, you’re ready to achieve any goal you set.
You can totally do this!
Why don’t people achieve their goals?
Feeling safe keeps you in your comfort zone to do what’s comfortable to achieve even if you’re miserable. Even if you don’t like the results, at least it’s comfortable and safe from your brain’s perspective. There’s no risk or fear, worry or discipline involved when things are played safe.
Your brain doesn’t like to change or new skills. It doesn’t want to change at all. Change consumes too much energy. Changing thought patterns, changing emotional awareness and feelings, patterns, habits, and behaviors requires great effort. And to a brain that’s focused on conserving energy for safety and primal purposes, change is risky business.
So yes, we all have competing priorities in the brain. And what’s more, we, as human beings, will do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.
So how does this relate to goal setting vs. goal achieving?
When you set a goal, you’re setting a goal because you think there’s going to be emotional, financial, physical, spiritual pleasure, right? However, a brain that’s focused on avoidance of pain soon puts the brakes on your excitement.
This is why the majority of people put the brakes on accomplishing their goals and return to what they’re used to doing. You resort to feeling safe and stuck in the comfort zone. It makes sense because “being comfortable” reduces the
brain-chemistry that produces all the tension, stress, anxiety, fear, and negative self-talk.
To be aware of this fact is crucial. When you’re aware of the way your brain functions, you can observe the chatter and you can learn to start making decisions based on this awareness.
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