“I don’t do too much outside of football during football season, because this is my job and I take it seriously. I don’t do too much, don’t really go out at all that much, don’t eat out or anything, try to stay focused and stay to myself.”
Robert Griffin III
Out of sight…out of mind – goals need to be in your face!
There are many distractions and bright shiny ideas that can grab your attention. Squirrel! Told you!
You lose sight of your goals when they are not front and centre. Maybe you equate goals with resolutions. Resolutions tend to die off in January or February. You may become frustrated and give up all together. It is never too late to hope back on the goal setting wagon and get yourself on track to smashing your goals and giving your best!
Trouble comes from wanting instant gratification. When results do not come instantly, people lose motivation and worse even give up. Most of the goals people want to achieve require perseverance and discipline to be sustainable. Disappointment comes from setting unrealistic goals and setting them and leaving them. Experts say it takes 21 days to change a habit, I say let’s go for 30 days to make it sustainable. What’s a few more days!
Face it…if your goals are NOT S.M.A.R.T. (Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic, Timely), you are wishing and a hoping. If you are not inking them, you are not thinking about them. Write out your goals on 3 X 5 index cards, Post-It Notes, or print them out using 72-100 point font. Post them around your home and workplace. Share your goals with others. Don’t worry there will be people who shoot down your goals or say not very nice things. Avoid or limit the time you spend with people who do not support your goals. Build in accountability partners into your plan so you can achieve your goals. You want to surround yourself with people who hold you accountable, encourage, and support you.
You want those goals to be right where you can see them. Read them aloud several times a day. Review them daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. Form that emotional connection to your goal by imagining your goal achieved. If you have no emotional attachment to your goal, you will not put in the work to get what you want. Put pictures up of your goals. Maybe you are saving for a dream home – put up a picture of a floor plan. Dreaming of buying a boat or getting a promotion. Put up a picture that has you achieving those things – keep your goals front and centre! Monitor your progress regularly!
There will be sacrifices along the way and you will have to be disciplined. You may question yourself at times and ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” This is your challenge line! Connect with the emotion and push forward. Yes, you may have to skip the fancy dinners, the random drives around town, or the latest trend or electronic but your goal achieved is worth waiting and striving for.
When you are faced with a setback or a bad day, regroup but continue to take small actions to keep motivated. Some people say you need to be motivated to take necessary actions. When you act and start seeing results, you will be motivated to achieve more! Celebrate the milestones and everyday wins! Set tangible rewards for yourself along the way.
Keep those goals front and centre! Soon enough they will be yours!
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
How have you been keeping your goals front and centre?
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