Success requires discipline and discipline is required for you stay committed to your goals.
Let’s face it, staying committed to anything let alone a goal can be difficult. Life has a way of throwing unwanted surprises at you when you least expect it. 🙄
What do you think it would feel like to be deeply committed to your goals and 100% knew that there is absolutely nothing out there that can stop you in your tracks?
Yes, something can come at you and slow you down, but your persistence is so prominent that you will stop at nothing until that goal has been completed. 🤔
In other words, what would it feel like to be the person who would walk through walls to meet their purpose in life?
Life will continuously test your resolve to see how much you desire your goal.
Are you ready to stop half-assing your commitments and stay on the journey towards your goals?
Well, read on!
So how do you stay committed to your goals? Here’s a list of a few ways to help keep you on track.
Be accountable to someone
An accountability partner is like a partnership where you mutually agree to coach each other and provide feedback on a regular basis.
You and your accountability partner agree to either daily, weekly or monthly feedback sessions to share wins and talk about the challenges faced.
When you commit to someone that you will complete a task it stretches your probability of completion to 65%. Moreover, when you create a specific accountability appointment with a person you are committed to the odds are in your favour at 95%!
Take away choice
When you’re only half committed to a goal there’s a tendency to keep the door open for other options. We think, sure I’m going to start this diet BUT if my mum cooks I can’t offend her and not eat her food or If I’m too tired from work, surely it will be okay to order from UberEATS or Deliveroo since I don’t have the time to cook.
This is pure nonsense and not viable reasons. 😂
If you’re going to commit, commit wholeheartedly and remove all possibility in your mind of having an exit plan to get out of your responsibilities. There’s just one option: doing your commitment.
If you notice that you’re not upholding your commitment irrespective of not having an exit plan, ask yourself why you’re holding back. Are you going through the motions or have you given yourself so many commitments to uphold? 🤔
What’s stopping you from really showing up? Think about this resistance and ask yourself what it would take to deepen this commitment.
Celebrate small wins
Depending on the size of the goal you want to reach it’s important to focus on the smaller victories you reach before you hit your final goal.
It gives you the momentum and the self-confidence to keep going. It’s self-empowering and a testament that you are on the right path.
There is a science behind this thought process too. When we accomplish something, it activates the reward center of our brains, allowing us to feel a sense of pride.
Dopamine is released and energizes us with feel-good emotions. This chemical helps you to experience the feeling of getting rewarded and can hook you on wanting to achieve more.
There are valuable lessons in taking smaller steps toward your goals, as they allow you to iron out the creases before pursuing your larger goal. The opportunity to get it right in the build-up phase is favourable than getting it wrong when it matters.
Remember your why
Remembering and knowing your why gets mentioned a lot in the blog posts I write because it’s a fundamental step to reaching success. Remember the deeper reason you committed to this goal.
💕Why do you do what you do?
💕Why do you love what you love?
Why is not the question, it’s the question.
Not only do you need to know your Why, you ned to remember it. You need to embrace it. You need to hold onto it when life throws everything at you.
NEVER let it go.
Do a minimum 1% of action every day
Big goals can seem daunting due to the amount of work involved to achieve them. It takes time to do anything worthwhile but thankfully we do not need to do everything one big chunk at a time.
Tackling big goals is all about the accumulation of daily work.
Writing a page a day doesn’t seem much but do it for 365 days and you have enough to fill a novel!
Figure out what your daily chunk of work is, and every day, no matter what happens, make sure it gets done.
“But I don’t have enough time” – Of course you do. We all make time for things we want to make time for.
If you can’t take 10-20 minutes out of your day to do something important to you then you need to ask yourself why. 🤷♀️
Got a hectic day and not sure where you can fit the time in? You find time the same way you find spare change – in the nooks and crannies. You find the cracks between the big stuff – your commute to work, your lunch break, just before you go to bed etc.
You may have to miss out on your favourite TV show or wake up earlier than you’re used to. Nonetheless, you can find time to work if you look for it.
Develop a serious hunger
No amount of education, connections or experience will carry you through life’s inevitable setbacks.
Without a strong and powerful motive you will find it extremely hard to achieve any goal.
Your hunger is evident in your daily actions.
How do you stay hungry?
Burn the boats – No way out
According to legend, Alexander the Great landed his invasion force on the shores of Persia then ordered his ships burned.
He said, “We go home in Persian ships or we die”. ⚓
Giving yourself no exit plan will raise the stakes and increase your likelihood of success and make retreat impossible. This relates to my earlier point of taking away choice.
To eliminate any other course of action is not to be a decision made lightly. Whether it involves quitting your job, a career change or investing your savings. When you’re faced with a choice between victory or certain defeat, you’ll be voracious for success. 🏆
In Summary – How to become deeply committed to your goals
Don’t give in to your excuses and give up on committing to your goals. We’re all able to create stories in our heads for giving up and then validate them by trying to look for evidence to support it.
Our minds have the ability to create any mental state we impose on them. 🧠
When you develop an insatiable hunger to commit to your goal, roadblocks are merely speed bumps and not stop signs.
Set yourself apart from the rest and gain the ability to get back on track and learn from your mistakes as soon as they happen.
The ability to do this over and over again until you get what you desire is what sets you apart from the low achievers.
Aim high, create a plan, stay committed to your goals and don’t stop until it’s achieved.
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