Motivational speaker Gavin Ingham interviews goal setting expert Andy Smith Wholesale Iman Shumpert Jersey , part 2 Self Help Articles | March 23, 2008
Copyright (c) 2008 Gavin Ingham5. What sorts of goals should people set?I would urge people to think big and set long-term goals that excite them, without worrying at first about how they are going...
Copyright (c) 2008 Gavin Ingham
5. What sorts of goals should people set?
I would urge people to think big and set long-term goals that excite them, without worrying at first about how they are going to get there. It really is a shame when people limit their lives by telling themselves that what they really want isn't realistic. The only way to find out what's realistic is to go for it.
You also need short-term goals to aim at, to give you something that's achievable and to give your unconscious mind some behavioural reinforcement when you achieve them. Psychologists have found (Ken Sheldon and Tim Kasser if you want to look them up) that people are happier when they achieve "vertical coherence" in their goal-setting - that is, when your higher-level and short-term goals are aligned so that achieving the immediate goal takes you closer to the big one. 6. How should people go about setting goals?
First Wholesale Derrick Rose Jersey , get yourself into a positive emotional state by reviewing what's already working in your life, what you like doing, what you've achieved already and what you're proud of. This will help you find your direction, get you thinking more strategically, and also help you to feel like you deserve success.
Then clarify your values - what's important to you - in the area of your life in which you want to set goals. Typical areas might include work and career, relationships Wholesale Kevin Love Jersey , finances, health and fitness, and personal development.
Only then, when you're feeling good and you know what's important to you, should you start thinking about specific goals that will satisfy your values. Get clear about what you want, get a clear sensory image of what it will look Wholesale Brad Daugherty Jersey , sound and feel like, and set a specific date for it in your future.
7. What are your top 3 tips for successful goal setting?
Okay, the first one would have to be focus on what you want, not what you want to get away from. If you don't know what you want, how will you know if you're on the right track, or recognise when you've got there? It may sound a bit "cosmic ordering" to say that your unconscious mind attracts what you focus on Wholesale Shaquille O'Neal Jersey , but it's only another expression of that principle widely recognised in business that you are going to move in the direction of whatever targets you set. "Towards" motivation gives you a direction, it gets even stronger when you get close to achieving your goal, and you feel good when you have it. "Away from" motivation, by contrast, is undirected, it runs out when you get far enough from the thing you want to avoid Wholesale Terrell Brandon Jersey , and it's stressful.
Next, form a sensory image of your goal - what will you see, hear and feel when you have it? This is vital for motivation. Most people are familiar with the idea that goals should be SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed - but you'll notice there's nothing in there about whether you care if you achieve them or not. Using your senses gives you that missing piece by providing something to engage your emotions.
Finally - put a date on your goal! Until you have put a date on your goal Wholesale Isaiah Thomas Jersey , it will keep getting pushed to the back of your queue of priorities. Even if you say "in a year's time", the goal will always remain a year ahead unless you turn that into a proper date.
Why? Your unconscious mind acts like a good and faithful servant, and it will do its best to give you whatever you ask it for. But it will always take the line of least resistance. If you don't put a date on your goal, there will always be something more urgent to deal with. This is why important but non-urgent tasks tend to be neglected,
8. What pitfalls do people new to goal setting have to be careful of?
Three that I can think of straight away: firstly, not taking into account potentially unwanted knock-on effects of achieving the goal. If you don't consider all the consequences of your goal - on your health Wholesale Mo Williams Jersey , your family, your friendships, and the wider community - you may end up with something you don't want. The smarter way to set goals is to take the consequences into account, allowing you to make changes to your goal andor your route to achieving it. That way you stand a chance of getting the benefits of your goal while avoiding unwanted side effects.
Second, taking too much on and getting discouraged. It can be very easy to set a big, compelling goal - and then feel overwhelmed by the effort you think it will take to get there. The goal is so big Wholesale Deron Williams Jersey , and so different from how things are now, that getting there by the deadline you have set will surely demand too much of you. And the more you think about the legwork it will take, the more discouraged you feel. The remedy is to break it down into smaller steps that feel more achievable, and recognise each step as an achievement. The key really is to get started - not necessarily to "take massive action", but to take some action to get you going.
Finally - and this is the biggest pitfall of all - not knowing what you want. In the absence of some powerful external motivation, like getting yourself out of debt or meeting a deadline set by someone else Wholesale Andrew Bogut Jersey , how do people motivate themselves to even think about what they want - as opposed to what they want to get away from? I've certainly had large periods of my life when I was more or less drifting. The way out of it is to think about what's going well, what you are good at and what's important to you - then it becomes easy to build a picture of where you want to go.
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