All of us have goals that we would like to achieve in various areas of our life. Sometimes we reach them fairly easily, yet other times we cannot seem to get there. And in most instances, this is due to our mindset and not the goal itself.
Here are six simple questions to help you to develop the right mindset and achieve your goals so much quicker.
1. Are you passionate about your goal? If you are not passionate about your goal, it's going to be so much easier for you to not work on it and do something that you enjoy more. You might not be over-the-moon ecstatic with each and every goal that you set, but you have to, at the very least, find something that excites you about the goal (either directly or indirectly). As an example, if the goal itself does not excite you, think about how great the sense of accomplishment is going to feel once you've pushed yourself to complete it.
2. Do you believe that the goal is achievable? If you do not believe that the goal is achievable, then you will be working against yourself all the time. You'll be trying to convince yourself more often than not that you can do this, as opposed to focusing this energy on the achieving of the goal itself. A great way to counter this is to find a story of someone who has done what you want to do and read it regularly to remind you that it is possible.
3. Do you have a future date for achieving your goal? Without a date, you can simply continue on forever, spending months and months on research and never taking any action. You need to set a timeline for the achievement of your goal. This will tell your mind that the time at your disposal is limited and you have to take action today.
4. Have you broken down your goal into actionable steps? Many times, we cannot get past the sheer size of the goal or, alternatively, we know what we want but we do not know what our next step it. Breaking the goal down into smaller steps allows us to feel more comfortable with the practicality of the goal, as well as provide us with direction. As an example, writing a 1000 page novel might sound impossible but writing 3 pages every day means that we would have the novel done in less than a year.
5. Can you see your goal every day? Is it visible? Are your reminded visually every day what you are wanting to achieve? Have you ever heard the saying, "out of sight, out of mind"? This applies to your goals as well, so have it in a place where you can read it every day. Place it on a card and carry it around, print it out on an A4 sheet and paste it on your wall where you work or make it your desktop wall paper. Do what works for you but make it visible.
6. Are You Celebrating Every Victory? Set yourself little milestones and celebrate when you achieve them. This makes the journey, as exciting as the destination. Also, instead of seeing the goal in the distant future, you are now seeing the next milestone and its associated celebration.
And now you have six simple questions that, when implemented, will do wonders for developing your mindset to guide you towards achieving every goal in your life.
But they only work if you use them.