5 Simple Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals
Setting goals is essential to long term success. In this video, Dr. Mike discusses 5 simple ways to stay focused on your goals so that you can create more success in your life.
Hello and welcome to another episode of Living Well With Dr. Mike. I’m your host, Dr. Mike Cockrell and I want to thank you for joining me here for today’s topic.
Listen, today I want to share with you five simple ways to stay focused on your goals. You know, if you’re going to be successful in life, if you’re going to achieve all the things that you dream to achieve, you need to have some structured goals and you need to figure out how to stay focused on those goals.
Well, in looking at some of this thing, you know, most of us struggle with reaching our goals from time to time. In fact, one of the things that makes goals so difficult to achieve is that it’s hard to stay focused enough to keep working toward them day in and day out. And many of us blame distractions such as work, family, technology. You know, we say that that’s the reason why we have a hard time concentrating on our goals. Despite our best efforts and intentions, you know, it can be challenging to stay on track.
There was a study done at the University of Hertfordshire that revealed that nearly 50% of people make a New Year’s resolution, and those include meaningful goals typically, but over 78% of those people fail to maintain their focus and never achieve those goals. You know, while those are some daunting statistics, the good news is there are a few simple measures that we can do to begin to take into account, how do we maintain our focus? How do we basically take this progress that we need to make and chunk it up into small bite sized portions so that we can be more successful at achieving our goals? So, here’s a list of some of the things I think you might want to consider when it comes to trying to stay focused on your goals.
5 Simple Ways
1. Narrow down your list. So instead of trying to focus on too many goals, break it down to one to three significant or major goals that you hope to achieve. The second thing, instead of looking at it from a long-term perspective of I’m going to do this goal this year, break that timeframe down and say, “Here’s a goal and I’m going to achieve this goal in the next 90 to 100 days.”
There’s been a ton of research out there and a ton of information produced that shows that when you narrow that timeline, you can stay focused. Most of us can stay focused and motivated for 30, 60, 90 days, but when you get out past 90, 120, six months, eight months into the thing, it’s hard to maintain your focus. But if you can narrow your list and narrow your focus, you’re going to have a better success of achieving your goals.
2. Break down each of your major goals. You’re going to feel less overwhelmed when you break that big goal up into small steps, each with very specific achievable tasks so that you can begin to tick things off your list. It makes reaching that ultimate goal way easier and it gives you a sense of accomplishment as you move through each step.
3. Nurture relationships with friends who will hold you accountable for your progress. Find one or more friends that you can share your experiences with as you work toward your goal. Ideally, this person is going to be someone who can encourage you when obstacles arise and celebrate your successes with you along the way. When you have a goal buddy, you’re really not out there on your own in the journey.
You’re less likely to allow yourself to lose focus and become distracted and you are able to actually be more productive. You know, if you can’t find a goal buddy, then it’s also a good idea to find a mentor that you can work with or a coach, someone who can actually just hold you accountable. Even if you just meet with them once a week or every other week or even once a month, it will help you stay on target.
4. Record and document your progress. Those things that you track, you can manage. So start a journal, write about your experiences as you pursue your goals. Write down your thoughts. You know, there’s great ways to put this in writing. Strategize, create some plans. When you take and put pen to paper, you actually create an additional neurotransmission link going on in your brain. You basically connect your brain to your thoughts and your emotions and your feelings in another way. So it really helps if you can record and document your progress.
5. Create either a physical or a virtual goal board. You know, your goal board or your vision board can be a reminder on a visual perspective of why you are doing the things you’re doing in the first place. You know, it’s real easy to take a poster board, a bulletin board or even some type of electronic platform, fill it in with pictures and other images that are going to help you maintain your enthusiasm and focus. If you can see it, you’re going to be pulled closer to it.
And you know, I remember a training years and years and years ago that I went to … It was actually in the area of network marketing … And the gentleman made the comment that if you’re going to see it, meaning when you create your vision for something, you set it out there, before you see it, you’ve got to see it. Or it’s like in order to see it, you’ve got to see it before you see it. So you’ve got to create that vision within your mind. You’ve got to create that vision physically on a poster board, something to motivate you to move you forward.
So, it takes a lot of hard work and it takes a lot of consistent effort to achieve your goals, but when you start breaking them down into bite sized pieces, it will help. You can maintain your passion. You can maintain your motivation so that you can make all of your dreams come true, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Listen, that’s all I’ve got for you today. If you want more information about Dr. Mike Cockrell or Living Well With Dr. Mike, be sure to check out my website at LivingWellWithDrMike.com. You can also find my websites at DoctorMikeCockrell.com and TheFrustratedPhysician.com. I invite you also to connect with me on Facebook@Facebook.com/LivingWellWithDrMike. I will talk with you in the next episode.