Can’t You Achieve Your Goals Because You Have Poorly Designed Them?

Vildan Uğur

Vildan Uğur

“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” Virginia Woolf

22 September 2021

Achieving any goal requires motivation, self-discipline, and commitment.
So where do these come from?
Many people consider these to be characteristic features. Some people are full of motivation, others are lazy.
Some people are aware that they are lazy at certain times and motivated at certain times. For example, you may be lazy about cleaning your house, but you will never miss your sport.
The reality is different than that. Motivation, self-discipline, and commitment are often not personality traits or interests. Rather, much of the difference between motivation and laziness depends on how you design your goals.
Goal setting would be easy if it had a simple formula. However, it is difficult to provide the necessary motivation to achieve your goals and to design your goals. Regarding this, there are some things you can do to improve your results:




1) Does Your Project Have Certain Standards?

Standards create constraints that keep you from falling behind. There are several ways to choose these standards:
1. Restrictions may exist for results. For example, trying to complete the entire school curriculum in one year to get into college.
2. They may be related to the process. For example, not speaking Turkish for a certain period of time in order to learn English…



3. They can be habits, like doing 50 push-ups a day.
These include creating to-do lists and stages.


2) Do You Believe You Can Meet The Standard?

Often there is a choice between rising to the challenge set by the standards or rejecting them altogether. If you believe that your standard cannot be met, you refuse and give up.
Therefore, good standards are those you believe you can reach.




3) Does It Help You Reach Standard Conclusion?

Certain standards are useless if they don’t help you achieve the goal.
It is easier to enforce the standards of your actions and motivate them. Standards for achieving results may vary, but they keep you on target. Thus, you reach your goal and maintain your motivation.




4) Do You Have Reasons for Meeting (or Not Meeting) the Standard?

It is important not only to have certain standards, but also to have reasons for their preservation.



An important way to stay motivated on difficult goals is to continually break the goal down into steps that need to be worked on. If your only goal is to pass a month-long exam, there is little reason to study right now. However, this afternoon. If you need to finish the chapter, you can start working now.


5) Is Meeting the Standard a Priority?

No goal you set is alone. Often, every area of your life is indirectly weighed as you strive for a goal. Your goals fail when other things take priority.



Goals you don’t want to put first will not be made. Most goals fail before they start because they don’t have a priority.


These are just general features of good planning. Actual goals often have standards that depend on certain situations.
If you make careful choices, you can achieve your goals even if you were lazy, unmotivated, and indecisive in the past.

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