Achieving your goal doesn’t have to be a scary, daunting process! Sometimes, we don’t do what we really want to do because we’re so afraid of failure. Or, we just don’t know where to start. Winston Churchill once said, “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.”
There’s so many people around us that feel the exact same way, but don’t show it. Even if it feels like everyone else has some mystical wisdom on how to achieve their goals, they were just as lost and confused as you at one point in their lives.
That’s why there are a few simple tricks that anyone can follow that can help you achieve your goals – no matter how big or small those goals are. Is your goal to buy a new house before the holiday season? Or maybe your goal is something bigger, like owning your own restaurant, or finishing your master’s degree. Whatever your goal is, these simple tricks will help you achieve it.
Here Are 5 Simple Tricks To Achieve Your Goal In Life
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin
1. Make a list
This is the first step to anything. You have to know what your goals are. Sometimes, those goals consist of smaller goals throughout the way. After all, you can’t own a business without first knowing what to do, and you can finish your master’s degree without first having a bachelor’s.
Clinical hypnotherapist and confidence and intuitive coach Annie Ashdown says, “Mind-map your goals: a) Centre circle: write your specific goal; b) outside circle: chunk down the goal into tasks you will need to accomplish to achieve it; c) spokes: draw spokes radiating out from each mini circle and write out each aspect you want to consider. Leave lots of space to play around and flesh it all out.”
Don’t be overwhelmed by the prospect of making a list. Go on instinct. Let your gut and heart decide what your goals are, and list them out so that you can see them all on paper. After you have the list down, you can go back and see what things about your life you’ll have to change to make your goals a reality.
2. Clean your workspace
Chances are, your goals are going to require a bit of work, no matter what they are. Clutter can be both physically and mentally distracting. If you don’t have a clean space to work at, you won’t be able to work at the things that you need done to achieve your goals. Not only will you be physically unable to do so, but your mind won’t be cleared enough with all of the things surrounding you to make good work.
“People who work with cluttered desks are found to spend an enormous amount of each working day looking for the materials they need among the clutter around them. Psychologically, the sight of a cluttered desk or office provides visual subconscious feedback that reinforces your perception that you are disorganized. It leads to continuous distraction as your eyes and your attention dart from item to item, and back again,” says top sales training and personal success authority Brian Tracy.
Take a few hours to clear out a dedicated space for you to work where you can be both relaxed and focused; not to mention that cleaning is a great way to make you feel motivated and attentive.
3. Keep distractions to a minimum
Having a clean and dedicated workspace is a great step. But that clean and pristine workspace isn’t going to do you much good if you’re distracted by all kinds of things. From your phone, to the radio, to family members, to the television – distractions are all around us, and they can make it just as hard to work on your goals as clutter and mess can. Put your phone on do not disturb, keep the television off, and find a way to keep your family members entertained or busy while you dedicate time to working on your goals.
4. Wake up early
No, earlier. Yes, even earlier than that. Waking up just with enough time to get ready for the day isn’t going to be enough to achieve your goals. You need to wake up with enough time to get ready, as well as some time all to yourself in the early hours of the morning before the rest of your family or household gets up. You need time to yourself to dedicate to your goals without kids, spouses or other family members needing your attention.
“Wake up early everyday so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true. There is too much life to be lived for you to hit the snooze button. In fact, I believe it is ‘seize the day’, not ‘snooze the day,’” says famous keynote speaker Hal Elrod.
Waking up early will take some getting used to. Start with 30 extra minutes in the morning and slowly work your way up to having a couple of hours all to yourself with no distractions.
5. Stop procrastinating
When there’s something that needs to get done, we often find all kinds of ways to procrastinate doing it. If a report has to be written, we may instead clean the entire house as a way to put off doing it. The best way to achieve your goals is to just go in, and do it.
“Start with the toughest action that you fear most. This will make the rest of them so much easier to accomplish. The only way to overcome fear is to walk through it,” adds Ashdown.
It may take some getting used to, because procrastination is a bad habit that requires breaking. But once you’re able to get yourself to stop dawdling and start doing, you’ll find that getting steps ahead on your goals can be one of the most rewarding things out there.