Inside the mind of a Goal Digger!
Don’t marry a millionaire, become one! Here’s the trick, if you want success, you must set goals… and you must write them down. A common trait shared by top achievers is having goals AND committing them to paper.
A study conducted by Dr Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, reveals that you are 21 per cent more likely to achieve your goals by writing them down and sharing them with others.
I love the analogy that without goals, your life is like a boat without a rudder. You drift along with the current, inevitably bumping into rocks and possibly never reaching a final destination, let alone a destination of choice. Goals put you in a speedboat and give you a target to steer towards, so what are you waiting for?
Goal Setting Tips:
1) When you sit down to write your goals and what you want to achieve, make sure you also focus on how you want to feel. How we want to feel is often a big driver and provides leverage for achieving goals. A great activity is to write a short letter to yourself to be read at the end of the year. In the letter describe what you have achieved in the year and how you now feel. This is a great way to connect with our ‘why’ that sits behind the goal and will be our primary motivator when the going gets tough.
2) Have a strategy for achieving your goal. Goals are not a wish list you put out there and keep your fingers crossed they come to fruition. You need a strategy for achieving each of your goals; a map for getting there and know the resources you will need. For example I have a very specific goal of increasing my muscle mass by 5kg this year. It is specific, measurable, achievable, but it needs to be backed up with a game plan. Resources include a gym membership a support team and my strategy includes getting up early and go to gym in the morning.
3) Have a mix of quick wins and big hairy audacious goals. Not every one of your goals needs to be awe inspiring; quick wins allow you to experience some success which is motivating and drives you forward. Set yourself up for success by planning for some quick wins so you are regularly seeing results. Along with the quick wins you want a few big goals that right now you might not be sure how you can achieve, but know that you will grow into the person who can achieve them. Don’t limit your thinking to what you believe is currently possible. If you are committed to growth; your future self will have more willpower and skills than your present self. There was a time I frequently stated my body was not designed to run more than 10 kilometre distance and that any further resulted in injury, and that was true at the time, but I grew into the person that can now handle 40kms.
4) Regularly review your goals. Ideally every day, but at least once a week, you need to take three minutes to re-read and review your goals. This increases your focus and puts them into your subconscious mind. Having your goals posted up or on a white board, where you will see them every day, is even better. As you re-read your goals, think about what action you could take to progress one of them each day.
5) Seek support and share regularly how you are progressing with goals and any challenges you are facing. We set up the STAR Program so that people don’t have to do it alone, as the more positive people you have around for encouragement the better. There is nothing like feeding off the energy of a group of goal diggers.