We’re in the midst of The Small Step Series – Examining small steps that we can all make that will propel us towards our goals. If you missed any posts… here’s a quick recap and links for you to read.
Week 1 – We talked about the Value of Consistency – continuing on task to reach your goal. There’s a great tool that you can print to create a chain of successes.
Week 2 – Its vital to realize how important you are! The Ripple Effect is my attempt to show you!
Week 3 – When we verbalize our dreams they become more real. Don’t be afraid to Speak Your Dream
Week 4 – How Important is Grit? – Grit is the secret sauce! Period. It takes grit to make it to any finish line that’s a challenge.
How often do you see this scenario? A project is in the works; it could be a school essay due, a work assignment, a room that needs to be painted….and as time passes you know that you SHOULD get to “it” whatever “it” is, and yet, you don’t.
Until just before the deadline.
That’s human nature.
We are prone to put things off. We are prone to perform a little bit better when someone else is watching – or when someone is expecting us to complete a task.
Momentum is crucial.
Once you have momentum you will continue on to achieve your goal.
You will push past:
A simple tool to create momentum is a DEADLINE.
Ever had one of those deadlines that were set in stone? You had no choice but to accomplish your undertaking. Even bills have deadlines and oh, don’t those late fees get us to respect those deadlines!
Deadlines help to create and maintain momentum as you move towards your goal.
When I finished high school, I wasn’t exactly excited about going to college. I was a good student, but quite honestly, I was over the whole school thing! Nonetheless, it’s what I knew I needed to do. And thankfully I had already dual enrolled quite a bit to get my college education going. There was no question in my mind that I would go to college and graduate. That was decided. And because I didn’t have a passion to pursue anything in particular, I decided in order to graduate – and do well – I needed a deadline. One day I sat down and picked my classes that would earn me that diploma.
Specifically, the goal was: How fast can I get out?! Setting a schedule, gave me a realistic timeframe. Yet, it pushed me tremendously.
A goal worth pursuing has to have some oomph in it! You have to strive to achieve it, or it’s not very motivating, and you’ll run out of steam.
Charting out my classes and semesters, I saw that if I took a full load (on top of working a full-time job and my fun weekend job) and took classes during the summer, I could graduate while I was 20. That goal excited me and it was settled!
A goal has to excite you to be worth pushing through the mundane.
There was no wiggle room in my goal. I had to pass every class, and not drop any, since my projected graduation date was 2 months before my 21st birthday.
Having a deadline that means something to us is powerful. What was it that was so meaningful about graduating at 20? I would be a bit younger than most people (kinda cool) but, most of all, I wanted to be free of school- DONE! A great birthday present to myself!! Woo Hoo!
Can you think of a deadline that might help to motivate you? A birthday, a holiday, an event where you might see someone in particular. All of those events could be motivating.
If you’re not sure where to begin I urge you to check out the The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months book. It’s a book/program that will help you set your goal, break it down and achieve it in 12 weeks. Often, an annual goal is too far out and setting a goal for a shorter period of time will bring more success. There are free planning guides you can easily find by searching online that are great accompaniments to the
The 12 Week Year book.
Deadlines are like finish lines in a race – once you cross them there is a great sense of accomplishment.
Otherwise you’re just hoping…..
So, take one more small step towards your goal and set a deadline!
I’d love to hear about it.
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