Feel Good - Part 5 - Progress and Goals
Updated: Mar 22, 2022
Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it's difficult to score. It doesn’t have to be complex or grand or impossible. It can be as simple as the idea in John Lennon’s story below…
The flipside is that as humans we appear to have an innate desire for progress. To feel real satisfaction, we seem have to have some challenge in our life that we chose to work towards. As cliché as it may be the best part is often the struggle of pushing ourselves to that goal, as opposed to the moment we attain it. For some people that may be large lofty goals, like Elon Musk and colonising Mars, for others it can be as simple as completing a weekly park run.
In that sense, goals are really good at taking us out of any daily life and casting our view and minds to the future. This seems to be really good for reducing life stress too, as we see how seemingly big issues are often in fact trivial in the grand scheme of the world. It would seem that it is this process of placing ourselves in a larger world view that is really enjoyable for us, and is one of the cornerstones of a fulfilling life.
If you don’t have any clear goals in your life currently, on an interest that really excites you; we highly recommend you look how you can start to do so.
Tip #1 - Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals
Below is a short ten minute annimation about how you can get simpler smarter goals which feed into motivating you
Tip #2 - Post-it Note Tool
The key to successfull management is knowing what to do effortlessly. This tool helps you to do just that. Each day note the 5 tasks to complete to move towards your goal and living your life. When those tasks are completed the day is won. Any that don’t get completed, move onto the next day’s note. Each night set out the note of 5 tasks for the following day. Thus making it clear what you have to do the next day.
Tip #3 - Limitations
Only commit to one or two major goals at a time. To enable focus and time to complete them. That way you will hit your goals and be more inspired to take on others, as opposed to juggling lots of tasks and getting no where.
Following are some videos on topics linked to achieving goals and progress.
PEak - How to Master Anything by Ander Ericsson
The benefits of Deep Work by Cal Newport
Skills trump passion by Cal Newport