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The first Monday morning of a new month, how I love setting up goals for success. I am learning how to set goals in all areas of my life in an effort to stay focused. It isn’t always easy on those “bad days” but there are things I want to accomplish, what about you?
Sometimes we focus on professional/ business goals, sometimes the focus is on personal goals and often it’s both. Regardless of the focus, many times we don’t meet our goals, even when they’re really important to us. Admit it, I am not alone, right?
When I am talking about goals, I don’t mean the proverbial to-do lists, I mean actual goals. When we are trying to lose weight, the goal is a number on the scale. In our careers, maybe it is a certain pay or job title. In our business maybe it is the chance to have our own business which actually pays the bills. Maybe your goal is freedom from debt. Whatever it is, why is it so hard to meet those goals? You have the desire and motivation, right? So why don’t we reach them sometimes?
Multi-tasking! Yup, the main reason most people don’t reach their goals is because they are trying to do too many things at once. As we get ready to set ‘new year resolutions” or as I like to call them “new year goals”, how often do we list out more than two? Think about how you started this past year, how long was your list of goals?
Maybe you wanted to lose weight, eat better, get a new job, find your passion, be a good mother, create a vibrant social life, start a business and so on. Sound familiar? All are terrific desires, but too much for one person to handle at any given time.
When we try to make lots of changes in our life, it is overwhelming and we become unproductive. Despite years of thinking “multi-tasking” was a good thing, recent studies are showing it is actually less efficient than focusing on one project at a time. WOW! I was the QUEEN of multi-tasking. With the onset of MS, I am finding this doesn’t work for me. The truth is our brains just aren’t wired to do lots of things simultaneously.
Although it’s wonderful to have multiple goals in life (I know I do), the key to success is to step back, examine what you really want right now, and pick ONE goal to focus on. YIKES! I know it’s hard to do, but if you spend the majority of your time focusing on just one goal, you’ll accomplish it in record time. Determine the steps you need to finish the project, follow those steps daily before you tackle anything else on your daily to-do list. Remember no more than 3 things on your to-do list a day!
I will admit, my vision board for 2017 was filled with many things. The reality is, when I focused on just two aspects – things began to happen.
First, I earned the Leadership Incentive Trip. Then I moved on to being consistent in my business. The results have been AWESOME! While reaching for my goals in business, I built strong relationships and strengthened my walk with God.
I am already thinking about my vision board for 2018. I really do like the simple drawings and words. Handmade helps me to feel connected with it instead of just cutting out pictures from a magazine.
What’s amazing is with laser focus, you’ll reach the goal sooner and be able to move on to the next goal on your list. Handling your goals one at a time like this will actually enable you to achieve more each year than if you try to complete everything at once.
Set up a time frame (90 days is recommended) to devote yourself to the goal you’ve chosen to focus on first. After 90 days, if you’ve been taking consistent and concentrated actions you’ll have hit the goal – or at least come a lot closer to it than if it was just another item on your list of things to do. Will some of the other goals overlap? YES! Will you make progress in other areas while focusing on one? YES!
Won’t it feel AMAZING this time next year to know you have accomplished the most important goals you’ve set for yourself? Try it for six months and see what happens!
Want to be accountable? Share your goal with us and then come back in 90-days to share the results.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!