It has been said that the key to achieving goals is to have a strong will power and discipline. I would never argue that improving these personal attributes are important, however relying on these two characteristics can be fools gold. Let me explain why!
If you have ever set goals in the past, you have probably experienced times of weakness and failure. Who hasn’t? Whether you are trying to lose weight, start a new fitness program, advance your career or perhaps save money, you have likely succumbed to times of weakness and temptations. Why is this? It’s simple, humans are easily distracted and we lose focus of our goals. The human mind is bombarded with distractions nearly every minute and there are far too many to list in this blog. Unfortunately, when we are distracted we easily revert back to past habits and behaviors. We are conditioned to repeat the past mental programming. The solution is to change our old mental thought patterns.
The key to changing your mind is to make the behaviors you want to create super easy. Then, you need to make past behaviors super difficult. Finally, you have to remove all the previous distractions so they become very hard to do.
Sounds simple enough, however there are 3 steps to make this become your new reality.
Step 1: Refocus your mind on the one big thing you want to achieve.
Step 2: Remove all temptations that exist around you that would cause you to become distracted.
Step 3: Create a system to measure, monitor and track your progress.
I want to focus on step 3 in this blog. When you are able to track progress it causes a shift in mind-set. When you intermittently measure progress it creates momentum and reaffirms that success is inevitable. This creates a new belief system and change in behavior. This will help eliminate the distractions.
Tracking and monitoring your results leads to personal accountability. If you can find an accountability partner, that’s even better.
In my experience, people who are struggling to achieve their goals are missing the important information in step three. If your goals for 2018 are veering off track, I would suggest implementing a monitoring and tracking system. It doesn’t matter the goal, when you know what success looks like and how to measure it, you have the tools to overcome distractions and times of weakness.