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6 Steps for Accomplishing any Goal

So, you had created a goal for yourself and listed the benefits that you would be gaining by accomplishing that goal in the near future. You start off successfully and then slowly you dread the goal. You start to think that you oversimplified the goal and now it is too difficult to practically accomplish it. And, this keeps happening for most of the important goals you are setting in your life.

Not too long, did I have the same feeling. I was enthusiastic on pursuing an online course, which was going to help me with my future goal of starting a side income for myself. I was all pumped up and I paid a huge sum of money to enroll in the course. The course was about to start in some time and I was going gaga over it in online forums and during discussions with family and friends.

The course started and I completed the initial few assignments and projects fairly well. And then slowly I got a dreadful feeling about the assignments. I was dragging myself to learn and finish off the project in hand but could not continue. I had the feeling of burn out and that I will not be able to finish the course. Suddenly this something, which I was excited to go through and finish was becoming a mammoth task. I was on the verge of giving up.

But then a small introspection revealed that I was stretching myself too much and expecting myself to go way beyond what I was capable of in the given time frame. That was causing my mind to make a mountain out of mole hill.

Here is how we can train our mind to finish what we start, when it is thinking to give up:
  1. Plan your journey of achieving the larger goal realistically. Break down your project or goal into mini chunks of items that can be accomplished comfortably by you each day.
  2. Commit yourself to achieve each item in your list every day, come whatever may.
  3. Focus on doing only one task at any given time. Human mind is not good at multitasking.
  4. Start small. If at any time you feel like giving up, sit down and rethink your items. How can they be further broken down?
  5.  Celebrate your small success daily if you accomplish your goal. If you fail to complete that day’s task, don't beat yourself down. Start afresh the next day.
  6.  Fine tune your plan often based on what you learn during the course of doing your daily items. Are your planned items too small or are they too large for you to accomplish? Making practical changes to your plan based on your learning and experience with achieving your daily work items, will help you stay on course to achieve your larger goal.
During the course of accomplishing your goal, there will be failures. And you may be tempted to choose the path of giving up. But remember, that the key to achieve your goal is by making small increments towards your goal by realistic mindful planning, commitment, focus and learning from failures. Wish you a successful life.