The Science of Setting Attainable Goals

By Zweifel, Michael | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), March 14, 2016 | Go to article overview

The Science of Setting Attainable Goals


Zweifel, Michael, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Goal setting is one of the best methods to help achieve important landmarks, but the caveat is you have to set and pursue your goals the right way. Taking the time to set a plan of attack greatly increases the likelihood of being successful.

The good news is there is a lot of research into the psychology and mindset that lead to the successful reaching of goals.

Let`s tackle some of the best strategies you can use to reach your goal, no matter the nature of the goal - whether it is fitness, nutrition or life in general.

1. Set BIG goals and accept the challenge

Your goal should be a little scary. In fact, if your goal isn`t scary and exciting, your goal is too small. Goals that are challenging result in superior performance when compared to those that are vague or set too low.

Think about it. Big goals make you work harder, become more focused and persist longer. There is no such thing as a quick fix or shortcut to reach big goals. In fact, this mindset is worse for us because expecting something to be quick and easy leads us to give up quicker and easier.

If we accept and acknowledge the process will be hard, and expect struggle and obstacles, we will be willing to work harder and longer.

Here`s some help to setting big goals:

* Don`t get distracted or change goals. Commit and stick to it until you get there.

* Expect obstacles and don`t get discouraged by them.

* Be willing to make sacrifices and work hard every day for a long time. Embrace and appreciate the work.

* Adopt a growth mindset for life - believe that you can always get better.

* Remember, great achievements do not come easily.

2. Set Up Your Environment For Success

Your daily environment dictates a lot of the actions you will take.

Some psychologists estimate that 80 percent of your day`s activities are your unconscious reactions to your everyday environment. What`s in your house, car, office, bedroom and kitchen will play a huge role in your behaviors and success reaching goal.

For example, if you have candy in a bowl sitting on your kitchen counter, you will unconsciously snack on that food. On the other hand, if you keep your running shoes by the door you are more likely to use them.

Here are a few other ideas:

* Leave healthy foods in sight - you`ll be more likely to snack on them.

* Put workout cloths on the couch each night so you have to see them the next day.

* Put up motivational posters or signs at your desk.

* Carry a goal card in your pocket. …

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