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Keep Your Eye on the Goal

Keep Your Eye on the Goal

At certain times, it can be difficult to keep your eye on the goal.  Sometimes, we all need reminders and bouts of inspiration to keep us going.  This is normal and something that happens to most people.  However, it is important to be able to identify these moments and to learn how to reprioritize the work we are doing.

No matter what your goal is, whether it is large or small, difficult or easy, you must always be working to ensure you reach it.  This is especially true for career professionals looking to advance in their industry.  Working towards a promotion or a career bump takes effort, dedication, and perseverance.  You’ll also want to learn how to keep your eye on the goal and continue to execute against them.

Constantly Remind Yourself of Your Goals

A huge part of keeping your eyes on the goal is to allows remember what the end goal is.  Whether you’re looking to make your first or your thousandth sale, you should always remind yourself what your goal is. 

A common trick employed by serial entrepreneurs is leaving little notes or reminders for themselves of what their goal is.  This trick helps them to ensure their priorities are correct and that they are constantly working towards them.  Whatever you need to do to remind yourself of your goals should be done.  Your goals should be your main focus and priority and anything that detracts from it is simply a distraction.

Minimize Distractions

Perhaps the most difficult part of attaining a goal is the multitude of distractions that pop-up.  Whether it’s an invitation to go out with friends or countless hours spent in front of the television.  However, you should not cut out those distractions completely.  Rather, minimize the total amount of time spent on them and focus your energy on achieving your goals.

Completely cutting out all distractions is neither healthy nor efficient.  A great tip is to budget your time into blocks throughout the day.  After you’ve completed a block, feel free to unwind or spend some time online.  However, once that time block is up, it’s back to the grind.

Set Specific Goals

Too often, individuals will set abstract or general goals.  These goals can be difficult to reach or quantify as there is no set end or finish line.  Rather than keeping yourself in limbo, try to set specific, realistic goals.  If you’re just starting out as a real estate salesperson, don’t just say, “I’m going to sell houses this year”, rather set a goal that is specific, such-as, “this year, I am going to sell 10 homes, with two of them over $500,000.”

Set a Timeline and Hold Yourself to It

A goal with no end is difficult to reach.  A goal with no deadline will constantly be pushed back.  Rather, set a hard deadline for when your goal should be reached.  Even better, set smaller intervals to keep yourself working towards the goal.  These smaller intervals and timelines will help you to achieve your goals incrementally and in a slow-and-steady fashion.

Remind Yourself Why You Want It

Too often, we’ll set a goal when we feel motivated.  This motivation may wear out, leaving us feeling demotivated and re-thinking our decision.  Rather, write down why you set that goal and why you want to achieve it.  Use this as a reminder every time the going gets tough and you’re unsure of yourself.

Be Accountable to Someone Else

In order to keep your eye on the prize, you need accountability.  Lean on a trusted friend or family member to keep you honest.  Let them ask you how you are progressing towards your goal and give them honest feedback on where you are and how you are doing.  Not only will they be able to help keep you honest, they may just be able to provide additional advice and angles that you didn’t see.

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