Last time, I talked about how much it hurts to make yourself change, but I gave a few tips to help get through it. Today, I’m going to continue with that, by giving you some advice on how to make sure you always reach your goals.
1: Keep Your Goals Concrete
Always keep your goals as something that you can do and can easily bulletpoint how to get there. Instead of “I want to be a millionaire”, think about what that really means. There’s a big difference between having $1million, vs having a net worth over $1million, for instance, on top of WHY you want to be a millionaire. Instead, think about the reason for the goal (for instance, maybe you actually want to retire and live without want), then think about what that entails. In this example, it would be to be self-supporting to the point of guild-free retirement, for instance. But even that isn’t truly concrete, we need to drill down more, which brings us to point two:
2: Split Big Goals Into Smaller Goals
Layer your goals instead of having a single overarching goal with impossible conditions. Using our previous example, potential goals might be “save $300 over the next week” or “research and invest 30% of your savings into ____.” These are things you can do right now, and giving yourself smaller goals to work off of give your brain a small rush which can keep you going for the next goal. When done properly, this can work in much the same way that people get addicted to Facebook games and similar. Failing to do this, however, is one of the leading reasons anyone gives up their goals. As an example, I am currently working on learning Japanese by giving myself a small set of phrases and words a day to study, mostly through the website Memrise as well as local help from some Meetup groups that I was able to find, and that is going well. On the other hand, I started to pick up the bass guitar by trying to learn My Soul, Your Beats! basically from day 1, which is a pretty difficult song. I haven’t touched the guitar in weeks after disheartening myself with it, and will need to create new goals before moving forward again.
3: Give Yourself A Timeframe
To an extent, the shorter the better even. Make sure your timeframe is achievable, but moderately difficult, as this will help to push you to advance. For instance, you could easily learn 5 kanji in two weeks, but if you push yourself, you can also learn the same amount in a single day most likely. Using shorter timeframes makes it much less likely that you will try and just push it off until the last moment (or ignore the goal entirely!) but keeping it reasonable, taking into account the rest of your life, means that you are more likely to achieve your goal, which in turn means more likely to boost yourself rather than become defeated.
4: Track Yourself
Keep a log of your goals, how many you reach, and even when you do fail. Try and write what went well and what didn’t, particularly in the case of a failure. For instance, you might have had a goal involving playing the stocks, but then found out that either trading fees or just the general unpredictability of the market caused your investment to be lost, rather than gained. That’s fine, it’s a setback, but it is also a learning experience. Take that knowledge and move forward with another goal to reach the end you are hoping to achieve. Keeping tack also keels you accountable, as you can always look back and remind yourself of any goals you might have otherwise forgotten, or become to disillusioned to keep up with.
And there are your secrets to success. Don’t let yourself get bogged down and use these simple mental hacks to keep motivated, and I’m sure you can do whatever you put your mind to, what do you think? Feel free to comment if you have your own tricks for goal making, and I’ll be happy to discuss, but for now…
The Ranting Loon