If you have difficulty to stay focused and motivated towards your goals, you’re not alone. The reality is that most people are not able to plan what they want and they do not take into account the elements that are essential when making decisions.
A goal is a commitment for which means will be defined, planned and implemented. The goals explicitly formulated are an excellent motivational tool.
Setting goals is an essential point to your own growth as a person.
But like anything else, there is a time for learning and adaptation. You need to find strategies for setting your goals and the means that will allow you to create the type of success you want and deserve.
How to stay focused and motivated towards your goals?
In other words, how do you formulate your goals so that they are something motivating and that are an advantage for you?
First of all, you have to start by defining exactly what you want to do. Make a detailed To-Do list by describing what you want.
Clearly defining your goal will give you the information you need to turn vague ideas into descriptions centered on what you want for your project.
The visualization of your objective will allow you to make your descriptions more animated, personal and convincing.
Make a list of what you want to get in the short term and long term. Use keywords that are easy to remember. Make brief and succinct sentences.
The mind needs to be directed, otherwise your ideas are scattered in all directions, and you spend a lot of energy, which can be a source of frustration and demotivation.
Here are five practical techniques in goal setting that I’ve concocted for you to help you achieve your dreams.
1. Write down your goals
Writing your goals on a sheet of paper makes them real and this also allows them to impregnate into your subconscious mind.
This is a step not to be taken lightly because it is paramount.
Studies have shown that those who write their goals realize them more easily and faster than those who have only a vague mental representation.
According to a study by Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor of psychology at the Dominican University of California, conducted a study on the subject.
According to his findings, people who have written their goals have more than a 40% chance of reaching them.
So how can we explain this?
The mental is a very powerful instrument but if not directed, energy is scattered in all directions and power is lost in the multitude of thoughts in the mind.
But when you write down your goals, you take some kind of commitment, you take some sort of responsibility, you create some kind of model that you impregnate into the mental.
But at the same time, you have taken your goals out of your mind, you put them on paper, it becomes like a kind of compass to show you the way to go.
The energies that are moving in all directions are now aligned in one direction.
By analogy, we can describe this by taking the example of the magnifying glass.
When the sun rays come on a piece of paper, it does not burn, but when you point a magnifying glass on a sheet of paper, it burns after a few seconds. Why?
Because all the rays of the sun come parallel on the magnifying glass, which is a convergent lens.
When the rays of the sun pass through this lens, they all gather at one point.
The point is then overheated with the concentration of the light rays which leads to the burning of the sheet of paper.
For this reason, never leave glass bottles in the forest during camping, this can create forest fires.
2. Set realistic goals
When defining your goals, it is important to know the standards that are appropriate for your current situation, your abilities, and other factors that may affect your goals.
One of the essential aspects that you must bear in mind when setting your goals is to consider their feasibility. In other words, you need to adopt a more realistic approach.
Obviously, this does not mean that you have to set goals beyond your ability because it also leads to discouragement and failure.
If you set over-ambitious goals, this can lead to frustrations when you want to develop them because the challenges can be many and insurmountable.
If the targets set are too difficult to achieve, this will unnecessarily complicate the implementation of your plans.
The easiest way is to start with simple and short term goals and try to accomplish at least one task per day that will bring you closer to your goals.
What to keep in mind is that you must constantly try to surpass yourself, and give the best of yourself.
How do you carry out your goals so that they are as clear and understandable as possible? Follow the SMART formula.
3. Share your goals with others
The same studies cited above by Dr. Gail Matthews also showed that by sharing your written goals with a friend, the chance of success rises to 76%.
Why does your chance of success go from 40% to 76% just because you send your goals to a friend?
Again, it is a process of commitment and responsibility, but on a different scale. Now you have to be accountable to someone else, which in some cases can increase the pressure that can be beneficial and also it can be very stimulating, so conducive to better results.
Your entourage can motivate you and encourage you when there are difficult times, which is very favorable. During small hits, your friends will compliment you, which can be very rewarding.
4. Visualize your goals
Creative visualization is a technique that involves mentally projecting images by appealing to all the senses and all the emotions associated with them.
How creative visualization can help you achieve your goals?
Creative visualization is not a simple technique, there is a time of adaptation and a learning process because it is necessary to implement the resources of the mind.
In order to stay focused and motivated towards your goals, you need to use your intuitions, your ability to train, in your mind, clear and convincing images, your mindset of wellness, knowing how to use mindfulness.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
You must first have a list and a plan of what you want in order to be able to put images on it.
For example, if you want to acquire a house in a beautiful neighborhood, make a list containing all the details of your home. The architecture, number of floors, colors, number of rooms etc.
I advise you at this stage to really go and visit an already built house in the neighborhood of your choice that is for sale. Impregnate yourself with all the details in your mind. I had already written an article on this subject, you can find the details here.
5. Don’t give up
Achieving a goal you set is a personal satisfaction and pride. We all want to have the opportunity to set goals and have success as appropriate.
But too often this does not happen and the main reason is that the majority of people give up too soon at the slightest obstacle.
Of course, there may be different causes why the person has given up but if you stay focused and motivated towards your goals then giving up is not an option.
We have often heard from our entourage that there is a lesson to be learned from our mistakes. There is always something positive in a failure, which is why you have to learn the art of perseverance.
Pursue your efforts despite the obstacles demanding courage and stubbornness and a strong character.
A failure is never permanent, like success, by the way.
Do not be afraid to try new things, fail and try something else.
When you face a difficulty you may feel bad at the moment, but if you remain calm, you do some mindfulness exercises, you can use this failure as a stepping stone to advance further in your goals.
Do not delude yourself, everyone may be wrong at one time or another, but success belongs to the one who perseveres whatever happens.