How to Set Goals That Will Motivate You to Push Forward


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We are all busy.

I’m busy, you’re busy and everyone is busy. But, despite all the busy work, despite each and every one of us having a busy schedule, sometimes, we don’t feel productive and we don’t feel like we’ve achieved something although we spend all this time doing work.

And sometimes, weeks just flash by, with meetings, and calls, and emails, and other important work, but, we don’t feel like we’ve set the time to really attend to our big picture goals. And the difference between a productive week and one that we feel just pass by in a flash, is whether we put some time to really work on our long term goals.

As the famous quote goes, ”It’s not enough to be busy, the question is, what are you busy with?” Goals is exactly what makes the difference between being busy and being productive. And our ability to set goals and really set smart goals is what makes us human. Without goals we’re just creatures that just go around from activity to activity and we just react to the surroundings.  It’s really important to set goals and it is really important to know how to set the goals that are right for you.

Let’s look into some insights on how to set the proper goals and how to really make sure that they are right for you and that they are something that’s going to motivate you and really push you forward to achieve them.

Goals vs Problems

First off, it’s very important to acknowledge that not everyone is motivated by goals. And, if you’re one of those people that’s not really motivated by having goals, that’s okay, that’s perfectly fine, it’s perfectly natural. Think of goals, not as goals, although it sounds a little awkward, and I realize that, think of goals as problems. Just switch your mindset and think of goals as problems that you need to solve or challenges that you need to rise up to. Because, you might not be motivated by goals but you should be motivated by solving the problem and just improving your life.

Let’s take buying a car for example. Maybe you’re not motivated by having a new car or buying a car for yourself, but you might be motivated by solving the problem of how you can get from point A to point B. Maybe go from home to work or from home to school, faster and more efficiently, in a way that’s going to save your time.

You might not be motivated by having a car and buying a car, but you might get motivated from solving the problem of how to get from point A to point B.

Dee if you’re motivated by goals or you’re motivated by problems and just use the one that works for you.

How to set up the right goals

When setting up goals, it is absolutely crucial for us to set up goals that are right for us and we know that they are actual things that we want to achieve because not all goals are created equally.

Think of your goals when you set them down, when you put them on a paper, or you just set them up in your mind. Think of all the implications that come with you in achieving that goal.

Imagine yourself a year from now, five years from now. Imagine yourself achieving that goal and imagine everything that comes with it. Let me give you an example. Maybe your goal is to, let’s say, buy a house. Buy a bigger house for yourself. Think of all the implications that come with you buying a house. Here you got a new house but now your mortgage is higher so you need to pay more money. Maybe you have too many rooms. Maybe you have a 6-bedroom home and you don’t have the furniture for it.  Either you need to spend a lot of money on your furniture or you need to leave some of the rooms empty which creates this empty feeling and this feeling of loneliness. Or maybe your house is so big that you need a cleaning lady which is another added expense. So, when you add all the realistic implications of you actually buying that new and bigger house, you might realize that your place right now is not that bad and although you really wanted a new house, that’s not really a goal.

Think of all the implications of all the goals you want to achieve , take that into account and really push away that goals that just seem like goals, but when you think about the implications, they don’t really inspire you.

Think of all the implications of all your goals and just put away the ones that are really not goals that motivate you and just stick with ones that even after you’ve seen all the implications, they still seem like the right goals for you.

Once you’ve set aside all the unimportant goals, you’re going to be left with the list of just your core important goals and really going to motivate you and make your life better.

How to achieve your goals

What is the way that you can almost guarantee your success, that you can guarantee that you are going to achieve that goal. A very simple, but very effective way is to imagine yourself already having achieved that goal. Imagine yourself a year from now, or two years from now, or even ten years from now. Imagine you’ve achieved your long-term goal whatever that is. Now, imagine all the obstacles you needed to overcome. All the problems that you needed to solve and all the little actions and all the little steps that you had to take in order to achieve that goal. And, make all these your immediate, your short-term goals.

First of all, this is going to give you a little bit of sense of achievement because you imagined yourself as successful, you imagined yourself already achieved that goal. You’re going to feel relieved, you’re going to feel successful and also this is going to give you a blueprint, a map of sort, with what actions you need to take in order to achieve your long-term goals. Essentially every goal, whether it’s long-term or medium-term, or short-term, you can broken down into set of smaller goals, which are more chunkable action items that you can start doing right now.

Take the time now. Imagine yourself already achieved that goal and work your way back to see the list of short-term goals and short-term actions that you need to take. And once they pile up, you’ll see that you’re going to achieve your long-term goals in much less time than what you ever imagined.

Over to you now

Take some time now and work on setting up the right goals for yourself. If you’re not really motivated by goals, think of them as problems that you need to solve and challenges you need to rise up to. And make sure the goals that you set up are actually the things that you need. Use a technique of imagining all the implications that come with the goal to really phase out all the unimportant goals and just be left with the important ones. And, once you have the important ones, break them down into small short-term, and immediate goals and actions, that you can start implementing right now. And, work on your goals. Work on setting them the right way for yourself and you’re going to see you can achieve them in much less time than what you ever imagined.

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