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Why is it difficult to stick to your long term goals?

We all have long-term goals I mean the goals themselves are long-term. We take upon the new-year resolutions and then after some days or months we forget about it and then we get completely lost with the other things and never hit our new year resolutions. So, why does this happen? and why don't we get there out and just get things done? Why do we face resistance in completing our routines and make the best of our life? Let's sort these things a little bit in this blog post.

  • Lack of evidence Half of the year 2021 has already finished and are you keeping up with your resolutions? If no then the major problem might be the lack of evidence about your progress in the goal which you are achieving. So if your goal was to be fit then you might have slipped off because you wouldn't have seen your muscles growing or you losing any weight. Another possibility would be you would have quit when there would be a body pain post-exercise or you might have faced some real laziness to do your work-outs daily. But that is for another day. The most important thing is when we don't see the scale moving we try to quit the activity easily and that's one reason we fail. "The best results are always delayed."

Let me give you an example. $81.5 billion of Warren Buffett's $100.6 billion net worth came after his 65th birthday. Can you believe it? This is the power compounding and in the same way, building habits is like compounding. "Small habits don't add up they compound." - James Clear Warren Buffet started investing when he was 11. But he has received the fruits now. Just like that the long-term plans need some time they can't happen in a day. Like Rome was never built in a day. So our mentality is if we don't see the progress just quit the game and for that, we need some shreds of evidence to keep in touch with our goals. Like if you want to be fit your evidence can be the increase in your number of pushups. Always look at the full story. You would have started with 5 pushups every day but now if you are doing 15 then it means that you have progressed don't bother about your muscles. They will grow when you keep compounding the pushups.

  • Check your priority list.

You would have heard people saying "I don't have time" when they are asked to do any task. People even comprise with their goals saying that they don't have time to do exercise or read books. But the actual thing is they don't want to do that I mean the task they want to do is not on their priority list. If you want to read more books your top priority should be reading at least 20pages every day. If something is your top priority then it hardly gets missed from your to-do list. So the next time when you say I don't have time to read a book then look at your priority list and then decide what is the task to which you should give your most priority. If you are struggling with saving time then read this blog.

  • Some ways to cope up with your long-term goals.

    • Make your goals more process-based rather than outcome-based. This idea comes from James Clear's book "Atomic habits". In this book, he highlights the importance of working on the process rather than aiming for your goals. The idea is simple you need to focus on the next step or the thing which you are doing rather than dreaming about the goal. Let's take an example. Consider you have to read more books then your goal should be reading 25 pages every day and not reading 24 books a year. If you focus on reading the book rather than how many books you are reading there will be a higher probability to complete your goals. Focus on the game not on the scoreboard if you focus on the game the scoreboard will take care of itself.

    • Avoid perfectionism When you are taking a step towards keeping up with your goals firstly avoid perfectionism and focus on how much quantity you are creating it. When we started this blogging stuff we didn't focus on the quality of our content or neither we compared with the other bloggers but we just kept with the pace and kept creating some meaningful content. The blogs which we used to write in the beginning were hilarious, though it was not that bad still it was fine. But after some time we improved on our writing skills because of the content we were writing. Even there was an experiment carried out by Jerry Uelsmann from the University of Florida where he divided his photography class into two groups. The left group was told to click quantity photos [photos clicked in higher number] while the right group was the quality group [photos clicked were of the best quality]. Surprisingly at the end of the term, the best photographs were found from the quantity group. So, don't focus on the quality and don't get into the loop of perfectionism it's just one type of procrastination.

    • Break your goals into small chunks. At the start of the year, I had a goal to read more books in 2021. So I just diversified my goal into smaller chunks. So I decided to read one book a month and so far it's going well I already completed my goal in June by reading 12 books but still, I kept with the momentum and went to read more. By the end of July, I had completed another 2 books taking up the tally to 14. The only thing I did was I divided my goal into smaller chunks by reading a book in a month and then I kept up with it by focusing on the process by reading 25 pages almost every day [sometimes I used to skip the reading part 😅]. Likewise, consider any other goal and break it into much smaller steps to achieve more.

So long-term goals require your full commitment, to give your best, and just keeping your one foot ahead of the other. Always stick to discipline because that is the key to your success.

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