In our modern day society, achieving goals is our ideal of success. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing something off your to-do list, but sometimes the road to even starting a task can feel overwhelming. The reason for this is because, as humans, we are afraid of failure or imperfection. But the reality is that most outcomes of tasks are out of our hands—such as getting a promotion or receiving a good mark in school, for example. Although, if we were to focus on what we can control in our lives, such as our behaviours and habits, we can work towards the fulfilling of our aims. Read on for Goals: 3 Definite & Effective Ways to Achieve Yours!
1. Goals 101: Create a Positive Mindset
The most important thing to know when doing anything in life is that attitude is everything. A problem most of us face when trying to achieve a goal is that we become so fixated on the goal itself, that we lose sight of what we can control. For example, if losing weight is the goal you want to accomplish, instead of focusing only on the number on the scale, focus on what you can control, such as eating healthy and exercising. Likewise, if you’ve noticed that you haven’t lost any weight on the scale while dieting or exercising, instead of being upset or giving up, be proud of the habits you have changed to better your life and celebrate that!
2. Understand Your Pattern of Work
In this Ted Talk above, Reggie Rivers explains that the key to achieving your goals, is to not focus on them. One of the things that can help you the most in life is understanding your pattern of work; if you have found yourself starting and stopping a task for a while now, determine a possible reason for why that might be the case. Oftentimes, a reason we all might stop working on a task is that we are afraid that the rest of the process won’t be as excellent as the beginning of it.
This is called perfectionism—something we all strive for in our lives. A helpful way to understand procrastination is to look at every past project you have left unfinished, and to find the similarity amongst them. What was the reason that you stopped the process of completing a task?
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Sometimes there is a reason you find yourself unable to focus or complete a specific task. If you find yourself struggling, there is nothing wrong with asking for help! Finding someone who is willing to help and proficient in the area where you are struggling—you might find yourself relieved to not be alone.