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Transcript of Goal Setting
The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).
Different But the Same
It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals but in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things. Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.
This means your goal should be very well defined and not be unclear or vague. You should be able to picture exactly what your life would look like after you achieve your goal and when you want it to happen.
Unclear goals are a recipe for fumbling around, hitting road blocks, and never really achieving what you want. After all, how do you know if you’ve accomplished a goal if you never really knew what you were after?
It’s nearly as important to make sure that the goal you set for yourself is also challenging. It should be enough to test your character and make you feel like you’ve really accomplished something. Your goals have to be something worth fighting for. The research from Locke and Latham shows that challenging goals inspire increased performance. Meaning the level of effort you put in is directly related to the difficulty of the goal.
People perform better when they care about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, plain and simple. It’s the emotional commitment to your goals that gives you the motivation you need to accomplish them. To be successful, you need to make sure the goals you set are something you truly want and can fully be on board with.
Set Clear And Concise Goals
Make Your Goals Challenging
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
— Andrew Carnegie
Truly Commit To Your Goals
You are crazy if you think you can just set a worthwhile yearlong goal and in the end discover if you were able to reach your goal once your deadline comes and goes.
You need to have feedback along the way to ensure you’re making progress towards your goal, and to take stock of what’s working and what’s not.
Review And Acquire Feedback On Your Progress
If you’ve followed the second principle and set a challenging goal for yourself, by nature, it will probably have many complex tasks associated with its achievement. These tasks can be daunting and extremely overwhelming, especially when starting with a stack a mile high.
You have to break down these daunting tasks systematically into simpler, less-complicated tasks that are easier to approach and overcome.
Break Down Complex Tasks Into Simpler Tasks
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
Setting goals can be a double-edged sword. It can drive purposeful action in our lives and allow us to achieve more over a shorter period of time. However, we need to be careful with ourselves, because goals can also be a source of anxiety.
All of us have the tendency to create a hyper-focus on future circumstances. This can produce an “I’ll be happy when…” mentality, when what we want is to find inner happiness in this moment.
With this awareness in mind, try to intertwine the process of goal-setting with an ongoing habit of recognizing existing successes and accomplishments. The present should never be sacrificed for the future, and goals should simply be tools to get the most out of time we have.
Over 100 separate studies in a wide range of experimental situations have come to the same conclusion: people who explicitly state
their new behaviors are going to happen are much more likely to stick to their goals.