We’ve been on a journey of looking at questioning our goals, and also of questioning whether we are on the right path or not. In this final part of the trilogy we’re going to look at what happens when we meet our goal. To many people, this is where the finish line is crossed and we slow down, and this is where failure sticks out a foot and trips us up.
Meeting a goal is never, or at least should never, be the end. If we achieve our goal and stop, we instantly hand our future over to the fate of the universe. Sadly, this is where many plans and achievements are turned to dust. How many people set goals for dieting only to put the weight back on as soon as they hit their goal weight? It’s all too common, and it happens because the goal is achieved and so the hard work ends.
The mentality of improvement is seen in Pep Guardiola, who constantly, win, lose, or draw talks about improvement. No matter what happens in a game, he talks about improving performance. He doesn’t really talk about results, and rarely discusses winning or losing. He seems as comfortable with a loss as a win, but if the team is 5-0 with a minute to play and a player makes a sloppy pass, he’s unhappy. He wants to win, but he demands the highest levels of performance above all else.
Usain Bolt never stopped training after winning his first race. He didn’t stop after winning a Gold Medal. He didn’t stop after breaking the world record. Each time he achieved a goal he didn’t stop training, he kept working to improve. Why? Because meeting one goal is simply a stepping stone for the next, and this is true whether you want to lose 10lbs or break a world record.
And this is how goals are achieved and the results stick. A relentless demand for improvement is necessary to ensure the results from meeting the goal are maintained. If your goal is to lose 20lbs, make your goal to be at your goal weight for a year. Set a motivation system up to achieve not just hitting the goal, but maintaining it.
Here are the three takeaways for today:
1 – What does your end result look like? What does it look like 6 months later? A year? Two years?
2 – Why is this goal important? If you know why it is important, you will be better prepared to keep on meeting it.
3 – What next? When you’ve met your goal, what will you do to not have to meet it again?
Many of the goals we want to achieve are easy. We know what we need to do, but we struggle to get it done. If this is you, look at your motivation because it clearly isn’t working.
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