Most often, we make goals especially at the beginning of a year, or month, or week or day but research shows that 92% of these are not achieved. Majority may achieve at most only 8 %, why? Think about it overnight.
What could you do to achieve at least 80% of your goals?
This year you made goals, the first week you were strong and focused, then week two came and it happened that you were not so focused as at the first week .Then when week three came, you must have suffered what we can call ” week three dip” you may have heard some call it njaa-nuary. This week is filled with a number of urgent priorities, some which you had not planned for. Therefore you shift from your goal to work on the current urgent priorities. This is just a preview of how goals end up in the ditch.
Below are strategies to achieving your goals.
1. Write down your goal.
“A study conducted in 2008 at Dominican University concluded that those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals. Other studies both before and after this research have concluded the same thing.”
Writing down your goals actually makes your goal real and tangible. This is mainly because when you write, you store the information in the subconscious mind, and the subconscious mind will drive to your goal. When we have our goal only in our thoughts, we are not setting ourselves to be accountable for what we want to achieve. We may not necessarily be setting ourselves a specific timeframe and we can lose track of what the original goal actually was as our thoughts change over time.
Take action, write down your goals now.:blush: write on something you can refer to regularly. Take some time to think and write down.
Link your goal to a higher purpose. You must have a good reason to have the goal. If you don’t have one, basically you will miss the key, the driving force.
Have you ever heard about the 5 whys? This is what Wikipedia says,
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5 Whys is an iterative interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the question “Why?” Each question forms the basis of the next question. The “5” in the name derives from an empirical observation on the number of iterations typically required to resolve the problem.
The technique was formally developed by Sakichi Toyoda and was used within the Toyota Motor Corporation during the evolution of its manufacturing methodologies. In other companies, it appears in other forms. Under Ricardo Semler, Semco practices “three whys” and broadens the practice to cover goal setting and decision making.
Not all problems have a single root cause. If one wishes to uncover multiple root causes, the method must be repeated asking a different sequence of questions each time.
The method provides no hard and fast rules about what lines of questions to explore, or how long to continue the search for additional root causes. Thus, even when the method is closely followed, the outcome still depends upon the knowledge and persistence of the people involved.”
Use the 5 whys strategy to find your driving force