Hey guys, This one is pretty important for me. Because I’ve suffered from this problem of not finishing the works I’ve started. Every time, I set a goal start working on it with full motivation which lasts mostly a week or so. Then day by day I just stop doing it. And eventually, I forget about it. I know I’m not the only person who suffers from this problem. So, today I’ll share some techniques which I use to achieve my goals.
So, let’s first understand why we do, what we do? There are two main motivations for the works we do. And motivations are Pain and pleasure. So to be more clear I’ll explain this concept called The Pain and Pleasure Principle in short from this amazing book “Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins.
According to the principle,
The reason behind us doing anything is either to gain pleasure or avoid pain.
This principle is mostly used to break or form a habit. But you can use it to get the motivation to work on your goal. So the first step would be:
Define Your Goal
Before starting any work take a piece of paper and write down the following things:
- The final goal. (Writing your goal take you 40% closer to your goal)
- Write the date of the day you want to achieve the goal.
- Write about why you want to achieve your goal.
- Write the pleasures you’ll get if you achieve the goal.
- Write the pains you’ll get if you don’t achieve the goal.
You can add anything that you think will motivate you to work on your goal.
Divide Your Goal into Small Tasks
To be honest this step was the inspiration for this article. Here you divide your goal into easily achievable tasks. This step will make your process easy for you. If you’re not sure about this. Please check out this ted talk video. It’s one of my favorites.
It’s very important to get a mini-calendar and mark the days you worked on them. You can also use habit trackers or that sort of thing. It helps you to get a full overview of your process and if you stop this calendar will remind you. You know,
What gets measured gets managed – Peter Drucker
And to be more regular you can use this technique called “The Two Days Rule” (Thank you Matt D’avella). The rule says you can’t take more than two days off at once. If you do the two days will become five and then a week and then you’ll totally stop doing. For more depth check out Matt’s video on The Two Days Rule.
So, This is it for today. I just tried to give an overview of the techniques that worked for me. I hope it’ll also for you guys. So, I’ll catch you guys up in the next one. Till then stay safe. Peace.