What comes to mind when you think of the phrase "life is an obstacle course?"
Did you conjure up something negative or positive?
One way to think about life as an obstacle course is by viewing it as a bunch of challenges of varying degrees that stand between your desired goal and you.
It's totally normal to encounter obstacles in the pursuit of your goals. In fact, the bigger the goal, the more challenges you'll likely encounter.
Whether your goal is "small" or "big," it's important to learn how to focus on goal-setting so you can see your dream into fruition.
Here are five simple ways to do that:
1. Think Positively
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is known for saying, "Change your thoughts, change your life." In the same vein, Henry Ford is famously quotes is stating: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Your beliefs matter so when it comes to focusing on your goals, keep your thoughts positive.
2. Keep a clear, open mind
Always be ready to receive new ideas. Be open to thinking outside of the box. You want to consider a myriad of possibilities.
You also want to take some deep breath and stay in the moment. It's hard to achieve your goals if you're feeling intense pressure.
3. Persist and Persevere
When the going gets tough, there's one simple rule: do not quit.
You want to make sure that you exhaust every possibility by using trial and error. It is usually more costly to quit (due to the previous time, money, resources, etc., already 'spent') than it is to find a new solution to achieve your goal.
Remember: “The moment you’re about to quit is the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.”
Visualization is a powerful technique where you create a movie in your mind of an outcome you want to achieve. You want to picture yourself achieving your goal in as much detail as possible.
And, if you're experiencing setbacks, you can take a few minutes to create a picture inside of your head of what it would look like and feel like to discover a solution to overcome and solve the obstacle that's setting you back.
5. Ask for help
There's no shame in asking for help. In fact, seeking the assistance from others who have walked your path, have previous experience with what you're wanting to accomplish, and who are more knowledgeable than you on the particular topic, should be highly encouraged.
Even if their suggestions are not the exact ones you were hoping to hear, they may trigger some new ideas that help reveal a solution for you.
Next time you come up with a SMART goal in your life, be sure to use these five simple strategies to focus on your goal and bring your dream into fruition.
With each goal you work towards, you are on the impactful journey of creating a life you love.