Do you want to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Do you want to fulfill every single goal in life that you set? If your answer is yes, then this article is all for you.
For the past few months, I’ve experimented with a simple strategy that helps me more to improve my work efficiency and health. And it’s working wonders for me.
Following this one simple principle, I have been made consistent progress on my goals every single day of the week without the support of any motivation.
In this article on terminalnets, I want to share with you How I use this simple but effective strategy to achieve goals and how anyone can apply it to their own lives to improve their health and their work.
The problem with how we usually set our goals
If you are anything like a typical human being, then you have dreams and goals too in your life. In fact, there are probably many things — large and small — that you would wish to accomplish in life.
That’s wonderful, but there is one common mistake all of us often make when it comes to setting goals. (Well, I know about it very well because I committed this mistake many times myself.)
The problem with us is that:- we set a deadline, but not an actual schedule.
We focus on the end result that we want to achieve that goal within the deadline. We say things to ourselves like, “I want to add 50 pounds by the summer” or “I want to build abs in the next 12 weeks.”
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.Bruce Lee
The problem with this kind of attitude is that if we don’t magically achieve those goals within the time limit that we set in the beginning, then we feel like a looser — even if we are doing better at the start. The end result, sadly, is that we often give up on that goal if we don’t reach it within the deadline.
I have already mentioned this idea many times before. For example, making the mistake of putting performance goals ahead of your identity or choosing life-changing changes over daily lifestyle choices.
Here’s the good news for you: there is a better way, and it’s simple to follow.
Understand the power of setting schedule, not a deadline
In my life experience, a simple and effective way to achieve your goals is to set a schedule/ make a to-do list to operate by rather than a deadline to perform by.
Rather than giving yourself a time limit to accomplish a particular goal (and then feeling like a looser if you don’t achieve it within the time limit). You should have always gone for a goal that is important to you and then set a schedule to motivate towards it consistently.
It may not sound like a big shift, but it is.
How to achieve goals?
Most of the time, I try to be a practitioner of my ideas and not just some guy who shares their opinion with others. So let me allow you to explain this simple strategy by using two real quick examples from my own life.
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Example 1:- Exercise
Back in April 2019, I decided that I wanted to do 100 pushups in a straight row with strict form.
So In the past, I might have set a deadline for myself: “Do 100 straight pushups by the end of 2019. Rather than, I decided to set a schedule for my workouts routine. I started doing pushup workouts every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. So far, the only workouts season I’ve missed were on long travel days of my life.
I do not have any total pushup goal for any single workout. The goal is simple for me is to do the workout. Like I don’t have a goal for a single article I write. The only goal is to publish the article every day. The result is, of course, a lot of progress I’ve made after doing 77 pushup workouts.
Example 2:- Writing
As regular readers and writers know, I published a new article every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the first few months. Sometimes the article was way longer than expected, sometimes it wasn’t as compelling as I had hoped, and sometimes it wasn’t as useful to the audience as it could be — but it got out the door no matter what.
The results of following this simple but effective way were amazing. I see every day the growth in the traffic to the website. And it is all I want to see.
Imagine if I had set a deadline/time limit for myself instead, like “publish 4 articles a day.” There’s no way I would give my audience quality articles, and then I would have felt like a failure.
Begin slower, in the beginning, is completely fine. And there is no need for you to worry and increase the speed.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.Brian Tracy
Focus on the Practice first, Not the Performance
Do you see how the two above examples are different than most goals we usually set for ourselves? In both the above cases, I see progress towards my goals/dreams, not by setting a deadline/time limit for my work but by sticking to a schedule that I create for myself.
Successful people believe in practicing the things that are important to them on a consistent basis to achieve their goals. The best blogger always publishes their blogs at the same time every day. The best runners are always going for running at the same time every day. And of course, this same principle applies to the best leaders, parents, managers, musicians, doctors, and etc.
The strange thing is that for top performers, it is not about the performance – it is all about continual practice.
The focus is always on doing the things, not on achieving A goal by a certain date.
The schedule is like a precious thing in your life. You can’t tell that when you’ll have a stroke of genius and playing great music on guitar, write a beautiful script, or make an incredible vlog, but the schedule can make sure that you’re working towards your goals.
You can’t tell that when your body feels like setting a new personal record, but the schedule can make sure that you’re on the running track, whether you feel like it or not. There is no need for you to give up on your goals, if you struggle to achieve it.
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