Build an Ironclad Will and Achieve Any Goal
Many people try to accomplish their goals and can never seem to complete them. This seems to happen no matter how big or small the goal is. If you are here reading this, you must be fed up with the wasted time and feeling defeated. While the following steps are not easy, they must all be completed for you to bring about any real, effective change.
Define Your Goals: Seems obvious, no? Many people set murky goals if they bother to set any at all. Be as specific as possible. For example, if you want to build a better physique your goal should be written (more on this later) as, “Lose 4 inches on my waist and put on 10 pounds of muscle”, instead of “Get huge.”
Ambiguous goals make it hard for you to determine success. If you can’t determine if you’ve succeeded, then you are probably going to get frustrated and quit. A sailor doesn’t get on his boat without a compass, and a map does he?
Be Your Biggest Fan: Always believe in yourself. If you want to lose weight, don’t doubt yourself, you cannot cave in and grab that donut in the cafeteria. Remind yourself that you’re cutting out the junk food to improve your health.
When you set a goal, tell yourself constantly that you can achieve it. If you don’t then eventually your internal self-doubt will manifest itself into self-sabotaging actions such as procrastination. Remind yourself that your goal is achievable and what the result is going to be to keep you motivated.
Be Secretive: Don’t tell your family, friends, and co-workers what you are working on. There are two reasons for this. First, some people may tell you that you can’t do it or that your goal is silly. Don’t listen to them: If YOU thought of the goal then it isn’t silly. Remember point #2.
If you discuss your goals with others, then mentally you may start to discuss it and visualize the success in your mind. In other words, talking about the goal may make you emotionally feel like you’ve done it, making you less focused. Also, when you discuss your plans with others, you may feel an internal pressure (shame) to succeed or else face the ridicule of your peers. Shame can be a good motivator, but you should be achieving your goal for you, not for anyone else. Remember this quote: “The best kind of pride is that which compels a man to do his very best work, even if no one is watching.”
Prioritize: If you have multiple goals, list them in order of importance. The reasons for this are twofold, and the first being that time is finite: There are only 24 hours in a day and you want to spend as much time working on the important things. Secondly, prioritization helps to keep you from getting overwhelmed. Pro-Tip: If, for some reason, all your goals are equally important, then start with the one that will take the most time.
Write Down Your Goals: Another obvious one but often overlooked. If you don’t take anything else away from this article, this should be the one you follow religiously.
First, you need to be able to remember what your prioritized, specific goals are. In the 20th century, we are bombarded with stimuli 24/7 via social media, TV, smartphones, etcetera and, as a result, our attention spans have atrophied. Keeping things written down and referring to them is a good way to measure your success.
Second, writing goals down is a form of commitment. Once you’ve written something down on paper, you have a reminder of your commitment staring at you, and this will motivate you to complete it. So write down your goals and read them during the day to remind yourself of them.
Pro-Tip #2: Just reading and agreeing with the 5 Steps isn’t going to give you an Ironclad Will. Take action! Start writing down your goals in order of personal importance. Remember that no goal you thought of for yourself is stupid or silly. Also look up some motivation quotes and keep one on the book or paper where you list your goals.
In conclusion, following the above steps will help you achieve whatever goals, whether big or small, you’ve set for yourself. The above steps are designed to make you accountable for your actions, give you laser-like focus, and make you a more responsible person if done properly. Cheers to your success!