The Ultimate 5 “S” reasons to keep goals
Many people and companies start out with an ambitious goal and then “day to day” activity creeps in. An occasional crisis or special demand on resources and time makes the goal slide away and then old habits impact the desire to hit a goal.
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There is no doubt that some goals become redundant and are worthy to drop if significant new opportunities render the old goal irrelevant. The majority of good goals will however remain and so here are 5 “S” reasons to keep them and work hard with a clear focus to make them happen.
Seconds: We often work out the “days” spent on a task but I often prefer to work out the minutes or seconds. The change of scale tricks my brain into considering how much time I have already put into a task and helps me reflect how far I have progressed in the goal already. The goal was set with a purpose and it requires dedicated time to make it happen. (Bonus Tip: Create your time line and plot your progress. Link it to time AND milestones)
Sensationalize: Top performers are more often seen smiling and simply enjoying what they do. Find a way to sensationalize your activities when working your goal to create the positive buzz, freshness and enjoyment of the work and actions you are involved with. (Bonus Tip: Seek small gratification areas of your action and embrace the emotions – If you love what you are doing then the rest falls easier)
Significance: When you went through the goal setting process, what did you decide are going to be the rewards of doing the workout every day? If the goal was set to create an increase in customer retention of 8% or spend an extra hour a week learning, then remind yourself and the business of the significance of not reaching the goal. Is it still worth it? (Bonus Tip: Remind yourself of not just the goal, but what the goal means to others)
Serious or Symbolic? When you set the goal, were the intent more symbolic or was it a serious commitment? If you only “kind of” want to accomplish a goal, that I suggest this goal is not the goal for you. The goals that you pursue need to be the ones that you have a passion for and want to accomplish them as soon as possible. (Bonus Tip: Find links in your personal values to the goal , this will help create the “serious” motivational mindset)
Synergy: The path of improvement can often bring about a none linear change and results. Imagine becoming 10% faster at typing, 20% faster at reading and 10% more knowledgeable about a subject. The output result will be significantly greater than each step improvement; the combined effects can deliver exponential results. (Bonus Tip: When goal setting seek these potential cross over benefits and use each goal as an accountability partner to another goal.)
There are some cases that highlight a goal is not worth retaining, Some goals may create a drop in motivation in the short and medium term as you challenge habits, behaviors, time management and stretch your comfort zones. I argue that these are the very best reasons to keep your goal and are probably amongst the reasons why you created it in the first place.
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