Guide on How To Set and Achieve Long-Term Goals

Guide on How To Set and Achieve Long-Term Goals

How to Build a Sustainable Commitment Towards the Goal

Life could be painfully boring if we didn’t have a goal to pursue at all stages of our lives. This is perhaps the reason why we set goals to achieve in the first place. It is in our nature to be easily bored with the things that we have to do on repeat. Think of a time when you heard a new song and absolutely loved it. But then you play it on repeat for a few hundred times and eventually, you get tired of it and look for something else. This is just a glimpse of how we act about our lives goals as well. As soon as we achieve the first goal, we have to start looking for a new one because we derive our life purpose from our goals.

Depending on your life goals, achieving them can turn out to be rough terrain. When there are multiple hurdles in your way, nothing short of a fierce commitment can keep you on track and enable you to push harder to achieve your goals. The dilemma, however, is that sustaining your commitment through the initial stages of your goal is easier. But sustaining the same energy and effort for the same goal, in the long run, is harder than it sounds. Why do you think a lot of people with a target to lose 20 pounds in a month end up losing 5 before they give up? It’s because their commitment to achieving the goal continues to fade away until they are left with nothing.

More often than not, the reason why you fail to achieve your goal and why your commitment vanishes with time is that it’s difficult to wage a war against your old habits. With so much to do in a single day, one or more of our goals are bound to be left out of the priority list. Instead of taking the blame for a lack of commitment under such circumstances, it just sounds convenient for us to say that life got in the way of our goals.

But not anymore. Enough with the goals that were never achieved and the associated dreams which were never realized. Let us help you with a few tips which can help a great deal in sustaining your commitment to achieving your goal over a long period of time. Let’s help you spark a fire in yourself that won’t blow out unless you achieve your target.

 

Plan and Prepare for Your Goal

One of the top reasons why it’s hard to sustain commitment for achieving any defined goal is because you have only sensitized your brain to the goal itself and not to the journey. More often than not, when we define a goal, we confine ourselves to what is it that we want to achieve and what is going to be the timeframe in which we wish to achieve it. Unfortunately, however, there’s an important component of goal-setting that we fail to consider; the process that we’ll have to go through and the expected hurdles that we are likely to face along the journey.

Remember that there is always an alternative event that triggers the lack of commitment in you. For instance, consider the example of fitness. Suppose that you have a target of losing 20 pounds in a month. You have defined a goal for yourself, you know the timeframe, and you are familiar with your approach to achieve your target i-e you are going to be joining a gym. But what if you get back from work one day and are planning on going to the gym and suddenly you find out that it’s raining outside. With the blink of an eye, you have been triggered to lose all motivation and enjoy a cheat day instead. Before you know it, a single cheat day will eventually turn into a cheat weak and you will most likely end up giving on the goal, in the first place.

Therefore, it is important that you prepare well for such hurdles that you are likely to be confronted with once you embark on the journey. Put your head into it and make a list of all such triggers which can create a barricade between you and your success. For instance, in the previous example, you can define it beforehand that on occasions when it’s raining or you are finding it hard to find the motivation to go to the gym, you would still continue with your workout regime at home. You will rely on the cardio exercises or opt for aerobics on such days but an all-out cheat day will be avoided at all costs.

 

Replace The “Should” with “Must” For Your Goals

As mentioned earlier, one of the reasons why you lose motivations and commitment to achieving a goal is

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