YOU CAN SET GOALS
Goals should be visualized
Well, yes, but not just that. They should be THINKUALIZED – in your mind image the goal as achieved and imagine it using every sense – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, temperature and even proprioception (knowing where your body is in the space around you – this enables you walk, or to catch a ball). Imagine the time of achievement is now, in the present.
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When you set your goal share it with everybody to keep you accountable
Don’t do that. Goals in the early stages can be fragile and if not properly incubated, they can perish before they are even born. Allow time to define the goal and make some progress towards it. Discuss it with a mentor or trusted advisor, who is not threatened by your success. Once the goal is firm and defendable, then tell others; some of them may want to join you on the journey.
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I don’t have time to set goals
Chances are if you are very busy you are busy achieving something. Otherwise, you might consider that the average person watches 18 hours of TV and plays on the Internet for 13 hours, every week. Yes, you have to give something up if you want more in life. Can you take 8 of those hours and spend the equivalent of one working day per week on a goal? 4 hours? Once you get started you will love it.
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I don’t know how to set goals
Do you plan for weekends, put holiday destination images on the fridge, seek advice when you’re stuck, set reminders to do things, arrange other transport if your car breaks down? If so you have set goals, created triggers for action, created visualisations, planned around obstacles, and sought mentorship. You have some of the key tools to be a goal setter!
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I can’t get over procrastinating
Sure, you can. Do this – put up post-it notes that say “When I get home from work I will spend 10 minutes working on my goal before I do anything else, because I am a goal achiever”. This is a neuro-trick called an Implementation Affirmation. Put the post-it notes in your car, on your mirror, in your wallet, wherever you will see them. Chances are once you start you will keep going (because progress feels good). Another great way to start is to simply review your progress to date. This will motivate you to keep going.
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Deadlines are immovable.
No, they’re not. It is better to achieve later than not achieve. Change the deadline. Have a look at this video.
I can’t achieve goals as they are overwhelming.
Break the goal into chunks, focus on the next chunk. There are neuro-tricks to get you started and keep you going. Example – procrastination, just promise yourself you will do 10 minutes work. Chances are you will keep going (because progress feels good!).
Simple example - when you have a 70m (230ft) long driveway and 400sqm (4300sqft) of concrete to clean, even breaking the work into sections gives you a neuro-boost, and each completed section is a win.
I can’t set goals. I am terrified of failure.
When doing new things, guess what, you perform poorly. Get used to it. If I asked you to throw tennis balls into a bucket 20m away would you get it in the first time? 10th? 35th? How good would you be after 100? How many misses? How may failures? But really good by the time you have thrown 100, right? Failure is just a step in the process. Do it and do it sooner than later.
Picture this. We have a 70 m (230 ft) driveway, with over 400 sq m (4300 sq ft) of concrete, including paths. We also have a 40 m (130 ft) sandstone retaining wall. The Gold Coast has had 35 days of rain in the last 3 months, 78 days for the year (more where we are). Living on the western side of a valley, with little sun on the south side and lots of trees everything was black and badly in need of a clean.
To clean these surfaces, I use high pressure washer. The wand tip needs to be close to the surface to remove the grime. This makes the width of the water jet about 15mm (1/2 inch). To clean the driveway, paths and rock wall requires approximately 120,000 strokes with the water jet wand. 120,000! It takes about 9 hours so is very taxing on the hands, shoulders and lower back.
So, how do you do that without giving up? How do you stay motivated? How do you push through the pain? How do you fight the tedium?
You use the same techniques as for setting and achieving any goal.
This image shows the chunking. I simply divided the area roughly into squares, each one the length of a stroke of the wand (pictured) that was comfortable for me (within my capacity)
There were several psychological benefits to this:
The rock wall was self-chunking – each rock was a chunk!
This image shows how grimy the rock wall was. The word “clean” is cut through the grime on the rock. I call the font, HPH (high pressure hose) 😊.
No matter what your goal, try using those four steps to keep you in the game:
In my 35 years in financial services, I have seen many businesses and persons come and go. I have seen many meet the challenges of business and life, while others stumble at the first hurdle and never get back up again. So, what was the secret of those who were resilient and able to move on? I think it has to do with their ability to accept their situation, set clear goals, focus on the day to day problems and take the actions required to get where they want to go. Easier said than done for most of us when it comes to goal setting. This is where I would like to recommend Chris Christoff’s book, Goal Setting for People Who Can't Set Goals. An understandable, practical and highly readable book on goal setting and the actions that help us get there. Just one more thing. Chris provides an ‘action plan’ summary at that end of each chapter. Use these summaries to focus on your day to day actions and you will be well on your way to achieving those goals that make a positive difference to your life.
Dr Pasquale Franzese , Fund manager and finance professional
I read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review about whether goals and their steps to attainment should be flexible or rigid. What is your opinion? Take this 10s survey.
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PLY: To deserve you have to allow others to deserve.
John – “People see an expensive car pull up outside a fancy restaurant.
The unenlightened might say, ‘Well, look at that show off. He is probably
a drug dealer.’ The enlightened might say, ‘Well look at that, I wonder
what he does for a living to be so successful. I wonder if I could do that.’”
“Goal setting is not a mechanical process. It is training your
subconscious to enjoy defining and achieving goals.”
“You are never too old to set another goal or to
dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis – British Novelist, Poet, Academic, 1898-1963
Many people have been exposed to goal setting through the SMART methodology. Equally, many fail to set goals, or fail to achieve them. SMART may not be so smart. Let me give you three useful goal setting snippets.
Goal setting must be tailored for your strengths and weaknesses, and for the particular circumstances. Consider this: you have something you want, you have defined it to a point, but you do not have a firm plan to get there. Is this a goal? Under the SMART system it is not. In fact, it is what I call a Discovery Goal; one where you take actions to both prepare for an opportunity to achieve the goal, and to better define it. A discovery goal took me from career IT to my passion for property development, and making $500k in one year.
Another common myth is that you should announce your goals to the world, to keep you accountable. There is a time when you do this as it will engender support from others to join you on your journey, however, goals in their infancy are fragile and need a chance to grow and develop before being exposed to the big, bad world.
What is the most useful tool you have for goal achievement? This is the third snippet - it is your subconscious. How often have you driven home and realised that you have no idea about the trip, even whether all of the lights were green. They were. Your subconscious drove you home as you trained it to. Programming your subconscious through goal and path visualisation enables it to steer you towards opportunities and away from distractions (you know, when you get the niggling feeling you should get up and do that task you've been putting off).
Chris Christoff, Project Manager, Property Developer and Author of Goal Setting For People Who Can't set Goals
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