People often fail at getting the results they desire because they set goals that are too big and too difficult to manage.
I’m not saying you need to set the bar lower. But that instead, if you want to train yourself to be a winner and a finisher, do it by setting goals you can and will accomplish. Here’s how:
If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller goals along the way, and then establish small tasks you get to do every day that will lead to successfully accomplish that greater goal.
This is how you create consistent transformation, growth, and big breakthroughs in your life.
Finish What You Start
Do you tend to get so excited and motivated about something that you end up setting a huge goal, fueled by your emotions and excitement at the moment…and then, as reality sets in, you lose your steam and passion and realize that the goal is way too big, or requires far too much effort…and so you give up altogether?
Getting distracted by shiny object syndrome and losing motivation are symptoms of being a strong starter but a poor finisher. And that’s a habit that is developed over time.
If you consistently quit before you hit your goal, you train yourself to be a quitter and you make it easier on yourself to give up next time because you’ve become accustomed to quitting or settling for less.
Eventually what happens is that you get so sick of disappointing yourself and others, and so you stop setting goals and you stop dreaming altogether. That’s heartbreaking! Because as human beings, we are hard-wired to have desires; it’s a part of what keeps us going.
We desire growth. We desire change. We desire feelings of accomplishment. We desire fulfillment.
If you want to break yourself of this habit, you need to practice Endurance. Meaning, you need to practice setting goals that you stick with until completion.
Start small…one small goal at a time, and give it your all until you reach it. No quitting, even when it gets difficult and even if you lose the motivation, passion, or excitement for it. That doesn’t matter! What does matter, is that you begin to strengthen your Stick-to-it-muscle!
Eventually, you can build upon this, and before you know, you’ll become a finisher.
Shiny Object Syndrome
Are you highly motivated and tend to juggle many things at one, but often times never complete what you finish, or only complete it with mediocre effort before moving on to the next thing?
That’s a symptom of having shiny object syndrome. 🙂
It’s called shiny object syndrome because it’s the equivalent of a small child chasing after shiny objects. Once they get there and see what the object is, they immediately lose interest and start chasing the next thing.
Shiny object syndrome sets you up for failure every time. I’ve suffered from this myself! Most entrepreneurs do at one time or another, because we are highly motivated by nature, love to create, and don’t think twice about taking risks.
While those traits are very beneficial, they can also be a handicap.
Just like the person practicing endurance, if you suffer from shiny object syndrome – bouncing from one thing to the next, start by slowing down and picking ONE small thing to focus on at a time.
Also, take more time to decide on what idea or project you are going to pursue. Most people with shiny object syndrome act too quickly and don’t think their decisions through long enough to plan for the long term, which ultimately leads to a lot of wasted time, money, and resources.
Create Opportunities to win
When you set a goal that is manageable you’re training your mind up to EXPECT to accomplish it. And as you follow through on the smaller steps, and you celebrate your small wins along the way, you are training yourself to succeed.
Remember, it’s the small things we do every day, that lead to big breakthroughs and accomplishments down the road.
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My business coach Shanda Sumpter always says, “If you’re not failing at least some of the time, you’re not playing a big enough game.”
There will be times when you don’t reach one of your milestone goals, and that’s ok. What I want you to remember is that if you are failing forward, you are not actually failing…you are growing… So look for the opportunity in the failure. Look at what worked and what you did accomplish. It’s still a win because when you figure out what didn’t work you can self-reflect and problem solve around it to figure out what will work next time.
You Can Do It Too
My clients are having big breakthroughs, and getting rapid results in their personal and professional lives. I’m also helping an handful of people transition from their 9 to 5, to their very first online businesses… something they never thought they could do! It all starts with simple steps that lead to big transformations and accomplishments.
If you’re ready to have bigger breakthroughs in your life or in your business, and you are ready to take it to the next level, then this event is for YOU! Join me in Arizona this September if you want to use your role as a business owner to become a true leader – to start and grow a movement to change the world. To make that a reality, all you need is the right plan . . . and you’ll discover that plan at The ZONE Event in September- which you can attend at a very special rate as my friend. Learn more here!