Goals give us meaning and direction in life. Those don’t have goals usually lack the motivation to achieve things that matter, and often settle for the life they have drifted into.
While setting goals is important, achieving them often requires more focus and commitment.
Common advice related to setting goals include:
- Set goals that motivate or inspire you.
- Ensure goals are measurable and have a due date.
- Write down your goals.
- Create a plan to achieve your goals.
- Take consistent action.
While those are valuable advice, there is more we can do to give ourselves a better chance of achieving our goals.
Over the years, I have learned different techniques and methodologies for setting and achieving goals faster. One methodology is to divide our life into seven to ten different categories and set between two to five goals for each category.
While it is helpful to set goals in different areas of our lives, the challenge with setting too many goals is that it can quickly become overwhelming and difficult to give attention to each goal. We quickly become ineffective, which ultimately results in delays in the achievement of our goals.
A more effective method is to focus on less goals and apply these rules in order to achieve our goals a lot faster.
5 Rules That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals Faster
- Focus on the habits required to achieve your goals. We often set either means goals or outcome goals. No matter what our goal is, it will require us to “be” someone capable of achieving it. This may mean developing new habits that will make it inevitable for us to achieve our goal. Rather than constantly focusing on the outcome, we should focus more on the daily habits we have to put in place to achieve what we want.
- Have a system to track your progress. If we don’t track or measure how we’re doing, it will be easy to lose sight of what we need to be doing or disconnect from our goals. By tracking our progress, we can quickly make adjustments if we need to.
- Create a support system. This may include having a mentor or an accountability partner that we can check in with and report on our progress. A support system may also include ensuring we have the necessary resources to help us get to our end outcome.
- Quit what’s not working. There is no point doing the same things, if we are not making progress, in the hope of eventually achieving our goal. The benefit of tracking our progress and having a support system is that we can eliminate things that are not working quickly. This may sometimes involve quitting a goal that is no longer important so that we can give more attention to the goals that are still meaningful.
- Make the process enjoyable. To achieve any goal is a process, which means it has a start and end point. When something isn’t fun, it’s more challenging to stay motivated, which will often delay when we achieve our goal. If it’s enjoyable, our emotional state will be more positive and optimistic and we’re more likely to continue giving attention to what’s bringing us joy. Celebrating milestones along the process is one way to make the process enjoyable.
Most times, we know whether what we’re doing is going to achieve our goals faster or not. The more we pay attention to things we can do to accelerate our progress towards our goals, the better our chances of achieving them, which will also inspire us to set bigger, better and more exciting goals.
Question: What is another rule that will help us achieve our goals faster?
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