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You’ll fail to your doom if you misjudge your goals. Welcome to this blog!
All experience the feeling of overwhelm at times. You might call it an unpleasant acquaintance, or maybe you know it more intimately than you’re really comfortable with. Whichever way it is part of your life, because of it, your daily happiness and productivity are compromised. If you feel overwhelmed, there won’t be much room for feeling good; not joy, not fulfilment, not gratitude. Overwhelm may lead to not trying for certain goals because they seem impossible to achieve; they loom over you like a mountain, casting a shadow across what could have been an extraordinary journey. Realizing goals, however, is an important part of creating an extraordinary life - just think about our logo and the quote below. What you could use, then, is a better system for achieving your goals. One that won’t stress you out, but that helps you out; that doesn’t show you the shadow of ‘not being there yet’ but that lights up a pathway to the summit.
"You don’t reach the top of Mt. Everest by accident"
Richard Wiseman (psychologist and author of 59 Seconds) shares in his book research findings about achieving goals: plans consisting of achievable sub-goals that lead to the main goal work better. If those sub-goals are measurable and time-bound, the plan works best. Think about which sub-goal is most important to achieve the big goal, and prioritize that. Then for every sub-goal achieved you can give yourself a small reward, as long as it doesn’t negatively impact the bigger goal.
If you want to make something happen and you know how to get there, the next step is making sure you remember both of those things. So, to keep yourself moving towards a (sub-)goal, increase your awareness of it. This can be done in a few ways. One: regularly remind yourself of the advantages of achieving the goal. How will your life be different? How will you feel on a daily basis having realized it? Two: Ask yourself about your work effectiveness; when are you most productive during the day? How long can you work without losing focus? How long does your break need to be to become productive again? Three: share your goal with others. Though keeping a goal to yourself means less fear of failure, it also means that staying the same and not-achieving the goal is a lot easier.
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Write down your goals and sub-goals. Putting your aims in words forces you to sharpen them, which in-turn makes them clearer. You can put your goals up in visible places, so you’re reminded whenever you see them.
There you have it; a few tips to carve a pathway up to a mountainous goal. Knowing which goals to aim for is an art on its own, however. That’s why Extraordinary Life created goal-setting sessions that have evolved over time, where the truly worthy goals are separated from the meh-goals. Interested in discovering the right goals to shape your life and a more in-depth method to reach them? Register here, and we'll meet you at the crucible where the future is forged.
—to the Extraordinary, you