Monday, October 26, 2009

8 Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals

Any worthwhile challenging goal requires sustained effort. It is effort sustained over time. Not short-term, unfocused effort.

You know how easy it is to get distracted. There are so many things competing for your attention: mobile phones, text messages, instant messages, kids crying, the fine man or woman you met recently! The list goes on.

The question is: What can you do to stay focused on your goals when everything around you has the potential to make you unfocused?

Check out the 8 suggestions to keep you focused below.

1. Have a Powerful Purpose. Take on tasks that will serve your greater calling. Do things that can keep your attention long enough for you to not be distracted. Work on things which are so exciting that it doesn't seem like WORK.

2. Write your objectives down. As business consultant Michael Angiers says, "Don't think it, ink it." When you write your goals down they are permanently stamped into your consciousness.

3. Speak your Goal into Existence. You have to believe it in your mind and confess it with your mouth. Your words are powerful. AFFIRM your success. Make a powerfully positive statement about your intended outcome.

4. Take Action Every Day. Don't put it off and say, "I'm gonna get to this tomorrow." You and I both know that one day often turns in to two days. Two days turn into a week. The next thing you know you haven't touched your project in a month. Be CONSISTENT!

5. Pace Yourself. You want what you want and you want it now. But, don't try to do everything in one day. Slow down, take a deep breath, and proceed gradually.

6. Visualize your Success. See yourself as already having what you want. How does it look? How does it feel? The more detailed and real you can make your vision, the more powerful and clear it will be.

7. Focus on One Goal at A Time. "There are too many Jacks of all trades and master's of none." Don't be overextended by having to much on your plate. Concentrate your efforts on one or two things only. Don't pursue every idea you have at once.

8. Get a Good Coach. If you truly have a hard time focusing on your own, get somebody who will keep you accountable. Get somebody who'll tell you the truth when you're backsliding. Get rid of those people who tell you that you're doing great when you're really messing up!