Goal setting can be easy but achieving them isn’t. Reaching your goals will require strong focus.
Getting focused is not an easy task in our world. There is a constant barrage of interruptions throughout the day that can derail our focus and draw our attention away from our goals. Prolonged use of computers and mobile devices has shortened our attention span to a fraction of what it should be.
How to reclaim your focus:
1. Attach an emotional or moving reason for each goal
This is your “why.” You need total clarity about what this reason is to stay disciplined and focused on building your business when times are good and when times are tough. Knowing and focusing on your “why” will keep you moving forward, even when you meet a challenge.
2. Review your goals every week
Most people review their goals once a year. This is not nearly enough. You should be reviewing your goals every week to keep them top of mind as you plan your schedule. If you don’t review your goals, you won’t make them happen. When reviewing your goals, also review your progress from the previous week. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will boost your motivation.
3. Visualize your goals
Be clear about what you want and how it will feel. Visualizing your success will put you in a positive frame of mind as you move toward your goal. Elite athletes visualize their performance over and over as they train for the next big event. Close your eyes and visualize even the smallest details. How will it look? Where will you be? And, more importantly, how will it make you feel to reach this goal?
4. Each day do something that moves you towards your goals
Many people think consistency is a matter of willpower, but reaching your goals may be more about forming new habits than simply willpower. Make a decision that you will do one thing every day to move toward your goals. This will begin to put you in the habit of working consistently toward your goals. Whether it’s a small activity or a large one, get in the habit of asking yourself, “What will I do today to move me closer to my goal?” Once you’ve formed the habit, you will find it difficult to let a day go by without doing something to move forward.
The Bottom Line:
Achieving your goals isn’t easy because it often requires a change in your habits, behaviors, and your mindset. But using these simple techniques to help you stay focused and create those new habits and behaviors will help you to keep moving forward until your goals are achieved.
Is there something you do to stay focused that isn’t on my list? I’d love to hear what’s working for people so please let me know in the comments below.