Working to achieve goals involves choices.
Every day you will be making choices and decisions about things to do, things not to do and much more besides.
In this episode I want to share;
• Why working to achieve goals involves choices
• A tip for making the the work to achieve goals more enjoyable
Working to Achieve Goals Involves Choices
Goals are great at helping us move in a certain direction of travel.
Often when working to achieve goals we need to make choices about what we do and what we don’t do.
Even making time to work on goals can often mean that we need to stop spending time doing something else, possibly something we enjoy.
Here's where people often go wrong when working with goals;
They clear out their diary of everything they enjoy to make time to really focus on their goals.
Whilst this sounds great it can only realistically be done for a short time. Doing this type of intense goal work and excluding things you enjoy leads to resentment. This will eventually slow or even stop your progress on goals. The best approach is to ensure a balance.
Great ideas and breakthroughs often come when not focussing on something.
Have you noticed how you often get a valuable insight into something while doing something else - gardening, walking, in the shower etc? It's during these times that are brains get the "space" they need to think about key issues, questions or challenges. People who are most productive take regular breaks and time away from work - if you are working to achieve goals you need to do the same.
Sometimes when we work on a goal we realise it's no longer important.
The problem many people have is stopping working on the goal when they realise this. They feel they have "wasted" their time. Try and pick up on the signs and stop working when you feel any resistance, resentment or procrastination. Reflect on what the issue is. If the goal isn't important then work on something that is. That's a great result.
Rewards Whilst Working to Achieve Goals
The danger of working with goals is that you put your focus and attention on the outcome.
This is dangerous for a number of reasons;
You are postponing your happiness until a later date. Why not enjoy the journey and be happy now?
You miss the learning along the way - achieving goals is as much about the journey as the destination.
The focus of your goal can be so narrow that anything other than that exact thing can feel like failure.
Try to avoid these pitfalls and enjoy the journey along the way.
A simple way to enjoy the journey and stay motivated is to enjoy a reward or two while you work towards your goal.
Look at some of the key steps in your goal and decide on an appropriate treat or reward for yourself when you achieve the step. This will keep you motivated to keep going.