How many goals have you set for yourself? How many have you achieved so far?

Setting goals is one thing but keeping to them and seeing them through can be a whole other kettle of fish.

If you’ve ever wondered why there is a disconnect between setting goals and following through on your goals, you’re in the right place.

Paradigm Shift

You’ve likely heard this term before. Do you know what it means? Do you know what a paradigm is?

Legendary motivational speaker, world-renowned coach and author, Bob Proctor defines a paradigm as:

A multitude of habits that guide every move you make.

What Does That Have To Do With Following Through On Your Goals?

Consider for a moment the types of goals you have. Is it owning a house of your own, or buying a fancier car than you currently have? Or are you planning to take an expensive trip?

Look at the overriding theme.

Would you agree that your goals all aim to upgrade the life you currently have? Meaning you would move forward in some way.

This is where your paradigm comes in. The habits you currently have brought you to where you are today. Evaluate your habits. Evaluate the habits of someone who has what you want. Now compare the two. That’s where the disconnect lies.

Are You Willing To Pay The Price For Your Goals

Have you heard it said “If you want what the 3% have you have to be willing to do what the 97% aren’t willing to do”? Often times, achieving greatness requires us to leave behind the person we are, in order to become the person who is worthy of the goal we have.

Setting a goal is so much more than just wanting an upgrade.

As Napoleon Hill puts it in his book Think and Grow Rich you need to have a burning desire for your goal. Without a burning desire, you cannot achieve your goals. A burning desire is the fuel that will see you through to the end because you cannot live without the object of your desire.

Try remember a time as a child where you truly wanted something. A toy, a piece of candy, or a sleep over at a friend’s house.

If your parents resisted at all, you just about changed your entire personality to get the thing you wanted.

Can you remember yourself resorting to extremes? Crying, nagging, throwing a tantrum?

Doing what it takes to get what you want?

That is how you need to approach your goals (although perhaps with a bit more maturity if you can muster). If a goal is only ‘nice to have’, you will not have the internal driving force to keep to it.

I Have The Burning Desire, Now What?

Working toward a worthy goal can often be a lonely journey. I’m not aware of anyone who’s done something worthwhile that did not experience resistance in some form. As Tom Bilyeu says “The struggle is guaranteed, the success isn’t.”

Here are 3 steps you can take to begin following through on your goal:

·      Set Daily Reminders

Keeping yourself laser focused on your goal can be challenging amidst all the white noise we face today. It is possible and can become effortless, if we tweak our environments to help us.

Start by using the built-in reminder function of your PC or smart phone. Set a reminder to go off first thing every day clearly stating the goal you are working toward. Another way is to create a vision board. You can do this digitally or get out your arts and crafts and design something beautiful to go up on your wall. The important thing is, you have to see it every day and it has to represent the goal you are striving for.

·      Take On Those Habits, One At A Time

We are unfortunately creatures of comfort and habit, but we do have the ability to change when we give ourselves the grace to do it.

Changing habits can be a process, and we will cover the steps in a future post.

For now, begin by changing one thing in your day that will lead to successful habits. Habits such as self-discipline: giving yourself an instruction and then DOING IT.

Or, becoming a finisher. Stop putting small tasks off. Even if it is as basic and small as putting dirty clothes in the hamper. Or washing the dishes after each meal. Get in the habit of finishing the small tasks and the big tasks will follow suit.

The devil is in the details, especially when it comes to growing into the person your goals demand of you to be.

·      Do The Thing

There is something all goals have in common: They require action. The fear and uncertainty that creeps in when we decide to go for a worthwhile goal, can lead to paralysis in an instant. The best cure for that paralysis is ACTION! Even the smallest step can lead to massive momentum. Break down your goal into the most minute details you can, and begin with the smallest step. Then take another and another. Progress is not commonly made in leaps and bounds, but in the small almost indiscernible steps taken daily.  

Keep Calm And Carry On

As cheesy as it is, it’s the truth. Life has a way of making us feel pressurised and in a hurry to accomplish instant success and riches. Giving in to this temptation for instant gratification can have the opposite effect though. Instead of experiencing the satisfaction of progress, working at warp speed (often sporadically) can leave you feeling overwhelmed and demotivated.

It is important to find your state of flow. That space where you are energetically involved and focused on the task at hand. Taking action on something that interests and inspires you is one of the fastest ways to get into that zone.

Join us next time as we look at breaking down goals and getting really specific in order to achieve those burning desires.

Until next time,

The SkillzTrader Team

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