Goal control: preventing boredom and stagnation

For as long as I can remember, I have always set my-self long and short-term goals.  Each year I set myself personal goals I want to achieve within that year.  This year is no different except for setting both relationship goals with my husband and my personal goals.  A new approach to life for him, but routine for me.

Looking back on my 2017 and 2016 goals, I counted the goals I had achieved.  Thankfully I achieved most of the goals I set myself.  This is an achievement in itself, but it has me thinking about two things

What kind of goals had I set myself these past two years?

And, will I get bored of setting goals in the future?

I hope I won’t, but the fact that I am thinking about these questions prompted me to identify ways in which I can avoid becoming bored with setting goals

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that goal setting is not exciting and I am not underestimating the exhilarating feelings that comes from achieving goals.  I am merely sharing a few tips on how I plan to avoid getting bored or demotivated to set goals in the future

Below is my list of tips to avoid boredom when setting goals

* Define your goal

Ask yourself these questions: What do I want? Why do I want it?  Am I prepared to work to achieve my goal(s)?

* Be realistic

This does not mean setting yourself easy goals or goals that do not push you.  It’s about setting goals that can be achieved within the timescale set. Or adding more challenging goals to your long-term goals and breaking it down, by thinking about the steps you need to take to achieve this goal and taking action.

* Share

When you share your goals with another person, you automatically become accountable.  Someone else knows about your goals, so it’s expected for you to update the individual.  You can even seek feedback on your progress. 

*Evaluate and reflect

If you want to know how far you have travelled, you need to look at where you have come from.  When setting goals, it is important to review your accomplishments and examine what more you need to do to achieve them.  This will maintain your momentum.

*Understand the process

Achieving goals is not just a result, it’s a process that needs to be understood, so you can be fully committed to achieving the end result.

*Be prepared for boredom

Accept we all get bored from time to time, even the most motivated individuals lose enthusiasm at times. So, work through the boring dull moments and as the famous saying goes – keep calm and carry on.

I hope you found these tips useful and good luck with your goals.

 

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