When it comes to achieving goals, most people lack one key-character to reach their goals, which is that they are not goal oriented enough. They set and write down their goals once, and then they allow everything to happen by chance. They do not review their goals, they do not plan, and they do not track their progress.
As a result, they lose track of their goals, which eventually makes them lose the interest they have with their goals. And at the end, they quit and give up on the goals.
If this is happening to you right now, you need to do something about it. You need to learn to be more goal oriented in life.
Highly successful people like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, etc, are absolutely goal oriented. They can’t stop thinking about the results that they want to accomplish, they keep their goals in their head all the time, and they constantly work tirelessly toward what they want. And this is why they are able to produce remarkable success in life.
And this is what you must learn too.
Here are 7 methods on how you can become more goal oriented. Learn these methods, and try to apply them to your life.
If you need more inspirational on your road to success, be sure to check out these quotes on goals.
How to Become More Goal Oriented in Your Life
1. Plan Your Day
The first thing you need to do to become more goal oriented is to plan your day. Without planning, there is no way you can guarantee that you are going to make progress on your goals.
We all are busy and distractions are everywhere. Hence, without planning for our day, we will be lost in our day-to-day operation and wonder where the time goes.
While it is true that your day may not turn out exactly as what you have planned, having a plan is still much better than having no plan at all. When you have a plan, you understand what you need to get done. In other words, you are proactive.
On the other hand, when you have no plan, you will become reactive because you will respond to whatever things that throw at you. For instance, if you have no idea what to do over the weekend, and when your friends ask you for a drink, there is a high chance that you will accept since you think that you are free and have nothing to do anyway.
However, if you already have a plan, things will be totally different. This is why planning is important. Thus, write down what you need to get done for the day each morning before you start your day.
2. Schedule Your Actions
The second thing you can do to become more goal oriented is to schedule your actions. Studies have shown that when we schedule the work, we greatly improve the probability that it will happen.
Scheduling is like making an appointment with yourself. For example, if you want to go for the gym and exercise for an hour, just make it as a schedule and tell yourself, “I’m going to the gym at 7AM this Sunday and I will workout from 7:30AM to 9AM, for one and a half hour.”
When you schedule your task this way, you are making your task to become absolutely specific, which increases the clarity of how your mind can execute the action.
Therefore, you can schedule most of your work and actions that you are going to execute to make progress toward your goals.
You can always start with your calendar and also your to-do list. Schedule your to-do list items so that you will know exactly when and where to carry out the action. Furthermore, you can also use a calendar and write down ad-hoc tasks that you want to act on.
3. Review Your Progress
One of the main reasons people are not goal oriented and they fail to reach their goals because they did not review their progress.
A lot of people thought that goal setting is a one-time process whereby they just need to write down their goals once, and then the results will come to them automatically, this is wrong.
Goal setting is a continuous process where you need to constantly review your progress and actively track your results.
Whatever that is out of your sight will be out of your mind. Thus, you must constantly review your goals to remind yourself of what you want to achieve and what you need to do in order to get there.
Another important reason you want to regularly review your goals is that you want to condition your goals into your subconscious mind. Most people fail to produce the results they want because they did not review their goals, which make them forget about their targets, and then they lose their passion for the goals, which eventually, make them give up.
So do not allow this to happen to you. Make it a habit to review your goals daily.
4. Follow the 90/90/1 Rule
This powerful rule is shared by the famous and best-selling author, Robin Sharma. He said that if you want to be goal oriented and make progress in life, just commit to the 90/90/1 Rule.
This rule states that for the next 90 days, spend 90 minutes each day to do 1 thing that moves you toward your goals.
If your goal is to build a successful blog, find out what is the one thing you can do to progress and reach your goal. And most likely, that one thing for bloggers will be publishing quality content. Thus, commit to the 90/90/1 Rule by writing quality content for 90 minutes each day for the next 90 days.
You can apply this rule to every other area of your life. If you want to lose weight, find out the one thing that you can do to lose the weight, and then commit to doing the work for 90 minutes a day for the next 90 days.
Do you get it? Just follow the 90/90/1 Rule as what Robin Sharma suggested.
5. Network and Mix with the Right People
Jim Rohn was right when he said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you want to be goal oriented, just mix and network with people who are also goals oriented.
Goal oriented people will talk a lot about their goals, their dreams, and how are they going to get there. They are absolutely excited to discuss their goals and plans, and they are willing to share their views with you.
When you talk to other people, the topic of conversation is important because this it will influence your thinking. Unsuccessful people often talk about other people, they blame others, and they often find excuses for why doing something are impossible.
The first step you need to take is to stop or greatly reduce your time spend with negative people. And the second step is to network and mix with other goal oriented people.
6. Write It Down
This is the most common mistake that most people never do. They underestimated the power of writing down their goals.
When you put down your goals onto papers, it simply shows that you are committed enough and are serious about achieving them. This is why you bother writing them down. People who are not serious and are not committed to their goals will never bother to write them down in the first place.
This is a great distinction between someone who are committed and someone who are not. Plus, when you write down your goals, you are telling your subconscious mind that these are important ideas that you love to achieve.
And guess what, your subconscious mind will then goes to work 24/7 to come up with ideas and give you the initiative to work on the goals.
What you need to do is simple, just write down your goals each day. And make it your habit to do so. Remember, you want to install the idea of achieving your goals to your subconscious.
7. Be 100% Committed
Finally, if you want to be more goal oriented, you must treat your goals with 100% commitment. This is where a lot of people fail, especially when the situation becomes tough, they choose to abandon their goals.
For instance, if you want to workout in the gym each morning, choose to be 100% committed and follow your plan. Regardless of whether it rains or not. Many people choose to stop taking action when they face a roadblock such as rain. They choose to continue to sleep in their comfortable and warm bed rather than wake up and act on their goals.
Goal oriented people are people who are committed to achieving their goals. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Are you?