7 Ideas That Will Make You Stay More Focused On Your Goals

  1. Reconnect to why your goals are important to you. This is perhaps the most important thing that will determine whether we achieve our goals or not. If we don’t have a strong “why,” we will abandon our goals when things get difficult. Our reason for wanting to achieve our goals is critically important especially after the initial excitement has worn off. We must be emotionally connected to our goals and have the belief that we will achieve our goals.
  2. Have someone who will hold you accountable. Sharing our goals with someone who we trust and know will support us no matter how difficult things get is a powerful motivator. Sometimes, we can have different people, like mentors or coaches, who we can rely upon for the different goals we have set. The key is to have people who won’t buy into our excuses hold us accountable and challenge us to come up with solutions to any challenges we face.
  3. Review your goals regularly. First, we have to ensure our goals are written down. Then we must have a regular and formal process for assessing how we are tracking. Why this is important is because just setting a goal is not enough. In order to determine whether we’re making progress or falling behind, we must review what’s working and what’s not working. The quicker we know what’s not working, the sooner we can make adjustments to get back on track.
  4. Eliminate unnecessary distractions. Our ability to stay focused today comes down to our ability to eliminate external noise and distractions. We have so many things that scream for our attention, whether that is online, on our mobile devices or in daily conversations with people. We have to be vigilant and stay disciplined despite how interesting these distractions may be.
  5. Clarify your priorities. We should always ask ourselves whether we are consistently doing our highest value work or not. If we are not clear on what our highest priorities are, then we will easily get distracted, as mentioned above. We must form the habit of focusing only on what’s most important to us.
  6. Take consistent action. The difference between serious goals achievers and those who dabble with goals comes down to taking the right actions, consistently. Doing something once, only to discover it didn’t work then not doing something else, is not the recipe for goal achievement. When something doesn’t work out, that is valuable feedback that new actions must be taken.
  7. Set progressive targets or milestones. In project planning, an important strategy that will ensure a project stays on track is to have milestones on the way to the overall objective. When those milestones are met, it means the project or goal is on track. If milestones are not met, it means we have to make changes. Achieving smaller targets on the way to the actual goal can be extremely motivating especially if we have set up rewards for ourselves.

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