We can read a lot of material that teaches us the correct way to set a goal (you can find a lot of online content).
Once the latter have been formulated, we soon realize that some objectives are not met because the scenario can change due to a myriad of factors as well as numerous changes that could distract us if not make us completely forget our plans.
A goal can change, it is normal for this to happen, it is not a rigid entity, it can be shaped, adapted to new circumstances, even if it is necessary that the essence does not change, otherwise what is the goal if it is not pursued? Basically it will be our common sense to make us make the right decision and to choose which objectives to continue to pursue and which ones we need to abandon (even if for the latter the choice must be supported by a really good reason).
However, this is not enough, in order to pursue a goal over time, it is necessary to continuously focus attention on it, this exercise helps a lot. How to do it in practice ?; I will reveal three techniques that I personally use.
The first was suggested to me by the agile methodology I use in the companies where I have worked.
The agile methodology is a way of working in a team and in the relationship with the customer that optimizes a series of processes with a view to improving the quality of service and to streamline work.
Agile makes extensive use of colored post-it sheets of paper hanging on the walls, yes sheets of paper !! Tangible !, no world documents or software, the sheets of paper can be scribbled, creased and torn, they can be easily moved wherever you want on the wall, they remain visible to all, often the development status of the projects is indicated on a timeline represented by the width of the wall.
I decided to adopt this technique to keep my goals under control over time, So near the work desk at home, on the white wall, I stuck a strip of paper tape that I divided into segments representing the current year and the next 4 years to come, then with sheets of colored paper I hung my goals in the year in which they will have to be pursued.
I also decided to pursue at least one important goal per year (man underestimates what he can do in 10 years and overestimates what he can do in a year, he always seems to get nothing out, we have the perception that a lot of time has passed. Time when in reality a few months have passed to pursue a goal for which it may take a couple of years, anxiety can take over, therefore it is necessary to have patience, calm, positivity, in a word Zen attitude).
If we reach at least one important result in a year, do you know how far we can go in 10 years ?? !!, the awareness of having reached the annual goal (an event that should be celebrated), helps us to have more respect in ourselves and therefore it gives us the necessary boost and energy to reach the next.
On the wall I have three timelines divided by macro-categories (work, personal growth, investments) I write down the important decisions, the objectives with slips.
Then I have a Plexiglas pedestal where I have reiterated, writing by hand, the important objectives, and I keep it on the work table so that it is impossible to forget to read and reread it.
A third method I use to settle goals is a focus session.
In the morning, as soon as I get up, I dedicate 5 minutes to meditation, I play a relaxing music, I close my eyes in a comfortable position, I concentrate on the breath and that’s it for a minute, then I start to reiterate to myself that I can achieve what I have set out to do and I review my goals, I imagine myself pursuing them and I try to live the fulfillment and the future situation once they are reached, vice versa I move away trying to live with negative emotions the unpleasant things that I do not like in my life and that I want to change, this exercise is suggested by the famous American motivator Tony Robbins, he calls this activity “Dikens Process” from the famous short story the ghost…. .
In fact, it is known that we change radically in conjunction with strong emotional events, so to change we must try to emotionally experience the change we want to make.
Before finishing the session, I focus another minute on the breath and finally I thank myself for having dedicated these 5 minutes to my person.
The intent of this article is to offer practical ideas to truly pursue the goals that we have theoretically set for ourselves. We do not want to offer authoritative guidance here but simply present the strategies I have learned from others and personalized.
What will be your personal techniques that you will practice consistently and that will help you maintain the trajectory towards your target?
Good luck and never give up…. 😊