Do you have any unmet goals? If so, you aren’t alone. Most people are living with unfulfilled aspirations.
Unfortunately, many widely used self-help techniques fail to deliver results...until this approach.
Case in point: You’ve probably heard of the “Yale Goal Study” where researchers interviewed Yale’s 1953 graduating class, asking whether or not the students had written down specific goals that they wanted to achieve. Then twenty years down the road the researchers looked up each student and discovered that the 3% of the class who had written down their goals had accumulated more personal wealth than the other 97% combined.
Very compelling story, but complete fiction.
The “Yale Goal Study” never happened, though motivational speakers and self-help books have quoted it for years.
Best-selling author and psychologist Richard Wiseman went on a mission to craft a no-nonsense response to the bogus self-help techniques. Using a diverse range of scientific data, he uncovered a proven approach to achieve any goal.
The following 5 successful techniques (Do This) and 5 unsuccessful techniques (Not That) are from Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds Change Your Life in Under a Minute.
1) Do This: Make a Step-by-Step Plan.
If you are serious about achieving your goal, then you need to create a step-by-step plan on how to do it.
Successful goal-achievers break down their overall goal into sub-goals. Each sub-goal needs to be concrete, measurable and time-based.
2) Do This: Tell Other People About Your Goal.
How badly do you want to achieve your goal? If you want it bad enough, you’ll tell your friends and family.
This technique works on two levels. First, you’ve put yourself on the spot by letting the world in on your goal, so it’s all-eyes-on-you. Failure would be public. Second, your friends and family are there to offer support and encouragement. Don’t underestimate the psychological power of having someone in your corner.
3) Do This: Focus on the Good Things When Achieving Your Goal.
Remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goal.
Make a checklist of how life will be better once you have achieved your aim. This gets your focus on a positive future, one that’s worth the effort.
4) Do This: Reward Your Progress.
Studies show that attaching rewards to each of your sub-goals encourages success. We all love games, and especially winning. Rewarding yourself is a great way to keep you motivated.
Your rewards should never conflict with your major goal. When aiming to lose weight, food should not be used as your reward system.
5) Do This: Record Your Progress.
Make your plans, progress, benefits and rewards concrete by expressing them in writing.
Use a hand-written journal, before and after photos, body fat measurements, your computer or a bulletin board to chart your progress. This process of seeing your improvement is priceless for maintaining motivation.
Are you ready to achieve your fitness and weight loss goal once and for all? I know you can do it. Start with a concrete goal, and then the small steps and healthy habits that it takes to get there.
As always, if you are stuck, or need help creating the goals, the plan, or implementing healthy habits, I am only a call or email away and would love to do whatever I can to help you succeed!
Now is your time to get into the best shape of your life!
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