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The Real Reason You Haven’t Achieved Your Goals

For those who have spent a great deal of time surrounded by “motivational mindsets,” you might have come across a thought piece pertaining to the richest place in the world. Surprisingly, it isn’t an individual city or country, rather it’s a location that can be found in most cities and spread throughout communities. That place is the graveyard.

The reason they say the graveyard is the richest place is because it is filled with the ideas and dreams of the dead which were never achieved. The grave is literally filled with inventions and ideas that never came to pass. Now, there may be a variety of reasons and factors leading to why these commodities never came to fruition, however, today we are going to focus on one specific point, goal setting.

The concept of goal setting is nothing new to the ambitious individual, nor is it for the dreamer. Proper goal setting, however, is much more rare.

We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve all seen our friends make them also. Sadly, very few of us ever follow through with these resolutions. Why is that? To be frank, often times, it can be quite grueling trying to reach or follow through with your well-set intentions. It often involves uncomfortable change and a new routine we aren’t accustomed to. Even those who possess strong will-power seem to have trouble following through with their resolutions.

The Secret: If you would like to have a higher success rate in accomplishing your goals or your New Year’s resolutions, what you need to look into is your perspective of the task at hand. Losing 20lbs, or saving $10k can seem like a long and daunting path. But just as the famous Lao Tzu quote suggests, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

I know you’ve probably heard that before, but really let that sink in for a moment. Do not set out each day to lose 20lbs, or to earn $10k. Rather, focus on each moment and decision in front of you as they come, and make the appropriate choice which will lead to your goal. Meaning, if you want to lose weight, don’t just overhaul your entire life thinking a new fad diet will be the solution. That change is drastic and hard to maintain. Instead, each time you go grocery shopping or out to eat, maybe don’t have a pop refill, have a water instead, or perhaps just try a healthier dish than your usual. These small choices when done with consistency and discipline will eventually lead to the goal you desire. You will also find that focusing on one small choice at a time is much easier to deal with than an entire overhaul of your current kitchen or living situation.

Playlist: Click here for a link to a tremendous resource for goal setting. Included are 30+ TED Talk videos on this exact phenomenon/perspective.

This week’s takeaway: Focus less on the destination, and more on the journey.

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