It is unbelievable but true, almost 92% of the people are unable to achieve their goals that they had set out for themselves.
Goals are pictures that we paint of the future we wish to achieve. Most people put in a lot of effort on small details without taking the important step of pausing and looking at the bigger picture.
This is because what is happening in the “NOW”, be it at this time, today or even tomorrow, is clear. This works out to be easier to struggle on.
This is cognitive tunnelling according too the psychologists. You get overwhelmed with all the options that are available and tend to focus on the easiest of these options.
It is easy to plan out long-term goals but getting these dreams into reality is tough and most often, you have many giving up on this.
Here are some of the strategies that can help you in achieving your long-term goals.
1.Connecting your Long-term Goals to your Values
Most of us have a long list of these long-term goals. Remember you have a life-time in front of you for achieving these, there is no hurry. As mentioned, 92% of the people do not achieve these as there is a lack of any motivation. These goals are the wrong types.
The most important step is to set a long-term goal that helps you in being motivated, so that you can work towards this. It is important to take your core values into consideration before setting any long-term goal.
Few examples of the core values include leadership, learning, creativity, compassion, stability, knowledge, boldness and more.
2.Turning your Dreams into Realities
Psychologists state that only thinking of your long-term goals can, in fact, de-rail the total process as this leads you to think that you have already achieved your goals.
Instead of dreaming about success in the future, you should be thinking of the obstacles you will face on your journey. This can help you get a few steps closer to achieve success.
It is important that you break-up your long-term goals into short-term tasks. Each major project, immaterial whether this is work-related or personal, needs to be broken into small tasks as these are easier to achieve and work well in boosting you to carry on and work towards the long-term goal. Small tasks can be easily managed and instil a sense of confidence and security.
Scheduling your Goals
It is easy to overcome decision fatigue if you are able to schedule each of the small tasks when working towards the long-term goal. You need to ensure you set strict time-lines for your goals so that you do not tire of these easily.
Avoid distractions by setting the ‘If/Then’ statements. Long-term goals will work out to be important in the initial stages, but with the passing of time, you find that there are thousands of other tasks that seem to be ‘urgent’ as compared to the goals you are working for.