When you have your mind set on something huge and you know it’s a while away, it can be really hard to stay focused. Immediate gratification is wonderful, but not always possible with all our wants and needs, so how do you stay goal focused when that ‘big thing’ seems so far away?
We are currently planning an overseas holiday. It’s 5 months away and while we have locked in our flights on either end and some key destinations, planned around a family wedding in Poland, there are a lot of details still to be locked in. But this keeps us motivated towards the end goal… a huge family trip, so we have finances, bookings and itinerary planning to work out in the lead up.
With things like this, it can be easy to get distracted and end up leaving everything until the last minute. Or worse… abandoning our goal completely (although that’s less likely when it comes to planning holidays).
3 WAYS TO STAY GOAL FOCUSED
The best starting point with staying goal focused is to keep it in the forefront of your mind, by creating one or more reminders to keep you on track, motivated and engaged in your efforts to achieving your goal.
- Start a Pinterest board
- Keep a related picture somewhere visible
- Share your goal with others
- Keep a journal record
- Participate in a forum or group with others who share your goal
Most goals require you to take action, small and large, towards making that goal a reality. Take the time to work out what smaller steps are needed for your big goal and make sure you are regularly actioning these steps.
This may be as simple as maintaining a budget to create savings for a big purchase, practicing a skill so that you can one day master it or keeping an exercise diary while you work towards running a marathon. Every small step is that tiny bit closer to achieving your goal.
The best chance anyone has of achieving their goals and remaining goal focused is to evaluate and reassess that goal regularly. Without taking the time to assess our progress, we may not realise that the actions we are taking are not contributing to the end result as we had hoped or that perhaps we need to shift our focus and change our direction slightly to make it happen sooner.
Consider bouncing your ideas off someone else you trust and value as they may be able to provide you with a perspective you had not considered before. They may also see areas where you may be neglecting or sabotaging your chances of having goal success.
And don’t forget to make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.:
S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Attainable, R – Relevant, T – Time-bound
Without taking steps towards our goals, they are merely dreams or ideas – it’s all about the action! Now excuse me while I go harass my husband to start locking in some more specific details for our European holiday next year…
What steps do you take to remain goal focused?