They are two types of people running the race. They are people who focus on the obstacles. They are people who focus on the finish line. Which one are you? The statement also similar when we live life.
They are two types of people in life. They are people who focus on the adversity. They are people who focus on the goal. Which one are you?
Let’s be practical. Setting goals seem easy. You write the plan of your goal nicely on a piece of paper or in your goal book. After that, you leave it aside. Over a period of time, you tend to forget about it. Here is the hard truth, the plan will not be materialized without execution. Execution can be the main struggle. It is about getting things done and it takes the enormous amount of patience. The goal is to reach the finish line! Here are the 5 simple ways to focus on your finish line.
Make your goal VISIBLE
Our mind works well visually. What you can do is to make GOAL VISUAL BOARD and put your board in your room. It can be in a form of a whiteboard, chalkboard and pinboard. You can write your goal on your board. You can stick pictures on it. You can do whatever you want on the board and put a deadline on your board. It must be very clear. Remember, clarity is power. You put Every day you wake up you will look at your GOAL VISUAL BOARD. You can look at it again at night and audit yourself.
Break down your goal into a LIST
You cannot swallow your whole meal in one go. You have to take one bite at a time and you can enjoy your meal. It is the same strategy when you are trying to achieve your goal. A massive goal is very overwhelming. It will cause you to lose confidence and motivation. The smart thing to do is to break down your massive goal into the actionable list. It has to be a specific and achievable task which you can do daily. It must practical and doable. For each task completed, you will feel a confidence boost as you realise that you are one step closer to your goal. This makes reaching your ultimate goal that much easier.
For each task being checked, you will feel confidence boost as you realise that you are one step closer to your goal. Similar when you enjoy your meal one bite at a time, you can enjoy the process and the hustle to achieve your goal. That is how you can maintain your momentum and fire!
SHARE your goal with your friends or family
If your goal it not personal in nature, it is good to share with your friend and family. He or she will make you accountable. I am sure they are the ones you value to most. When they know your goal, they will have the expectation for you to achieve it. They will encourage you when you hit a wall. They will celebrate your success which will motivate you even more. Hence, this will help you to focus on your goal.
Use positive WORD
There is a saying; “Words are Sharper than the two-edged sword” This is unbelievably true. What do you say about yourself will program your well-being in our mind and our soul. When you say “I CAN”, it opens the door of possibility. When you say ” I CAN’T”, it close the door of possibility. Use positive word to describe your goal. By doing so, it programs your mind that it is achievable. It does not have to be some sophisticated sentence. Make it simple, yet impactful such as;
I CAN, I WILL, I MUST
“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” by Les Brown
In other words, audit yourself. It is a very important step in your goal hunting journey. It requires an enormous amount of self-awareness and brutally honest with yourself. It will help you adjust your journey if you sidetrack from your destination. It will help you to keep track whether you are closer to your goal or not. What can you do is get a book and write down your progress. You can use apps to help you as well. However, I believe an old traditional book works best for me rather than apps. It helps me to focus with zero distraction. Start with question like the following;
- Am I on track?
- What did I do well today that allows me to achieve my goal?
- What did not I do well today that cause me to sidetrack from my goal?
- What can I learn from my shortcomings?
- How can I change that?
Here comes the power question,
- What are the rewards if I achieve my goal?
- What are the punishments if I did not achieve my goal?
Be very self-aware and be very honest with yourself. The best place to audit yourself is in front of your GOAL VISUAL BOARD. Ask yourself the questions above and make it a habit. You have to learn to face the painful truth rather than the beautiful lie.
Let us break it down.
VISIBLE > LIST > SHARE > WORD > AUDIT
Let’s do the work! See you at your finish line!
Further reading; The 5 Phenomenal Lessons from Spartan Race!