If you don’t truly understand your ‘Why’, then you won’t be able to maintain the motivation to achieve your long-term goals.
There are three steps to achieving long-term goals:
1. Know Thyself
Give yourself time away from family, friends, obligations, social media, noise and any other shiny objects that might distract you. We all have To Do lists, but they should be prioritized and what is more important than taking care of yourself… a little Me Time. When you get away, even just for a few minutes a day or week, think, contemplate, or meditate on the big things…
- Who am I?
- What do I want out of life?
- What truly matters to me?
- How can I help others?
- In what ways do I want the world to be a better place for future generations?
- What is my purpose?
Knowing yourself is a journey, not a destination. As humans, we are constantly evolving, and that’s a good thing. If you find good answers to these questions, great, but keep asking them. Your answers may change over time. If you do not find good answers, take a guess, use your instinct, found something to try. You can always adjust later.
2. Set Meaningful Goals
Once you know yourself a bit better, it is time to set goals.
- What meaningful, actionable steps could you take to move the needle?
- What does your end goal look like?
- What milestones would help get you there?
Continue to break your goal down until you have steps that are easily achievable. If you look at a step and still feel overwhelmed, break it down even further. Find your own comfort level. There is no definitive answer.
3. Stick With It
The third and final step is the most difficult… Stick with it. Some people find this most difficult than others. It depends on many things. If you are accustomed to maintaining a long-term mindset, can easily delay gratification, are driven by achieving goals and/or have a somewhat compulsive personality, you may not find this step difficult at all. For most, though, it is very difficult. If you have done your homework in steps 1 and 2, however, this should be significantly more achievable. Indeed, the whole raison d’etre for steps 1 and 2 are to make sticking with it more palatable. If you have laid a plan with reasonable “chunked out” steps and you truly feel a connection to the purpose of your mission, then maintaining the momentum should come easier.
Without a plan, most people set themselves up for failure. With just a bit of forethought and planning, you can significantly improve your chances of meeting that big goal.
Think how good it will feel when you finally achieve it!
In what ways do you increase your chances of achieving your long-term goals? Share below. I would love to hear your thoughts.
— Lane Beck, 26 Mar, 2018, San Diego, CA