99.9% GOALS FAIL. Here’s where your goal-setting process might be failing you and what successful goal-achievers do instead.
Did you do your goal-setting? SMART and all?
That’s amazing! You are already ahead of many of people who just drift through life with a very vague idea of what they actually want their life to be in a few years.
But goals by themselves will change nothing in your life unless…
You follow them up with these 3 simple practices all achievers of long-term goals do according to neuroscience research and behavioral sciences.
After you set your goals:
- a) Maintain a high level of dopamine aka motivation
- b) Know when something is working - keep going
- c) Know when it’s time to pivot - it’s not working
1. 📅SCHEDULE REGULAR CHECK-INS
Daily or weekly.
I used to not be that great with this one and that’s why I’m still behind on some very important for me projects like financial freedom.
So now I do this for my financial life and career, among other things.
I look at my goals every day and I ask myself, “Where am I spending time to make progress on this specific goal? How is it going? What can be done better?”
I do a longer weekly check-in.
2. ✔️SCHEDULE ACTIONS THAT LEAD TO YOUR GOALS
During this longer weekly check-in I schedule everything.
I usually schedule everything on Sunday and that’s when I look closely at all my goals and areas of improvement and I schedule projects and activities to move forward toward them.
If it’s not on your schedule - it’s not gonna happen.
I learned this SO well this past year!
In our distracted and overwhelming world, your mind is always occupied with something, and unless you occupy your mind intentionally with something you want - the world will put its agenda there.
Whether it serves you or not.
I schedule my gym, I schedule my work, I schedule my language learning and capoeira classes, I schedule my financial education, I schedule my time to explore the city and yes I even schedule calls to my mom and friends' hangouts.
3. 🔔CREATE A SYSTEM OF REMINDERS AND PROGRESS TRACKERS
To keep taking action, to keep working on your goals, to never lose them out of your sight you need to have reminders that will tell you what you are committed to this year.
High-performing individuals have something physical - pictures on the walls, notes in their wallets, reminders going off with certain phrases on their phones.
People who successfully achieve long-term goals also know that tracking progress is VERY important to:
This year I’ve decided to do it all by the book.
Goals - DONE
Check-ins - SCHEDULED
Reminders and Trackers - IN PLACE
How about you? If your process is working, what’s it like? SHARE‼️