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Achieving Goals
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I have this image posted on the wall above my desk.  I like to think of myself as that pit bull, tenaciously going after what I want, achieving goals left and right.

But sometimes, I get so busy working on the tasks on my to-do list that I forget what I was really trying to achieve in the first place.  I look up from my work and suddenly wonder, “Wait.  What was it I actually wanted to accomplish again?  And why?”

If you ever find yourself super busy, but not getting any closer to your real goals, it may be time to pause and refocus.  Are you getting in your own way?

You can be productively accomplishing a lot of tasks, but it’s not really productive if it’s not actually getting you where you want to go.  Stop being busy, and start achieving your goals.

Learn how to find your focus, and you won’t let anyone stand in your way.

Know Your “Why”

When setting goals, it’s a good idea to break bigger goals down into manageable pieces.  An example I’ve used before is the big goal to get an MBA.  You might break it down into the following first steps:

1.  Research MBA programs
2.  Apply to chosen schools
3.  Research financial aid options

Small steps help make big goals achievable.

But, you should also look at the even bigger picture.

Why do you want to accomplish this goal?

What are you going to do with that degree once you get it?

Why do you really want to make that career change?

Knowing your “why” can help you keep your focus, and motivate you through the rough patches.  It can also help you choose which tasks to work on, and which won’t actually help you achieve your ultimate goal.

Focus on What You Want

When you’re considering why you really want to do something, try to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

This can be so hard!

Personally, I get stuck on this all the time.  I don’t want a long commute, or I don’t want to work in sales.  Even just the basic, I don’t want to do this particular job anymore.

You may have heard the phrase, “Where your attention goes, energy flows.”

Where your attention goes, energy flows.

If you’re busy focusing on the negative things in your life, your energy will feel negative and discouraged.  Instead, focus on the positive things that you want to bring into your life.  You will feel excited and energized to achieve them.

When you catch yourself dwelling on something negative, try to remind yourself to switch your focus.  This can be challenging, and takes practice.

Just figuring out what you do want can be a challenge in itself.  I struggle with this all the time!  I call myself a perpetual malcontent, because I’m never satisfied with what I have.  A friend even recently loaned me a book called, I Don’t Know What I Want, but I Know It’s Not This.

So, I know this is hard.  But let’s try it together.  Focus on the positive, and on what you want.

Know What Matters to You

Being productive isn’t about getting more things done.  It’s about getting the right things done.

One of my co-workers once called me “frighteningly efficient.”  I am really good at getting stuff done.

But just because I can accomplish something, it doesn’t mean that I should.  Is it something that I want to do?  Does it get me closer to achieving a goal?

Being productive isn’t about getting more things done.  It’s about getting the right things done.

If you need some help figuring out what those “right things” are for you, you can download a free copy of our Personal Priorities Planner.

The planner is the perfect resource to help you make the most of your valuable time. Get it FREE, and find more time for the things that matter to you.

How to set priorities

Streamline Your Productivity

So how productive are you really?  And how can you be more productive as you work toward achieving your goals?

Productivity expert Michael Hyatt has created a questionnaire to help you determine how productive you really are right now, and how you can grow!

Click here to take this free online Personal Productivity Assessment.

It only takes a few minutes, and once you have your score, you’ll know exactly how productive you are right now, and how productive you could be.

The assessment asks a series of questions about productivity, and you answer according to your own habits and systems. At the end, you get a productivity score.  Michael will also then tell you exactly what you need to do to improve your productivity.

Productivity Quiz

By being more productive as you’re working toward your goals, you may be able to achieve them more quickly.  And who doesn’t want that?  (Patience is another thing I struggle with myself.)

Know your “why”, focus on what you want, know what matters to you, and streamline your productivity.  You’ll be achieving your goals and dreams in no time, and you won’t let anyone stand in your way.

Achieving Goals

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