Success is a mindset. It requires more than just willpower and grit. Learn the three key psychological components that help you stay committed to your goals and achieve success. (Estimated reading time: 4 minutes)
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”— Jim Rohn
Going to the gym is an adventure for me. I encounter many interesting characters with all types of workout routines and behaviors.
One peculiar pattern I’ve observed is the variance in the flow of gym members during the first month of the year. There’s a surge in the number of members in the first half of January followed by a decline in the second. What’s left at the end of the month are the regular gym aficionados.
I’ve always been curious about this trend. I wondered what happened to all the newbie members who started out their year with so much gusto. What happened to their six-pack and skinny jeans dreams that drove them?
I realized that those dreams did not change at all. What did change was the motivation that fueled their efforts to realize those aspirations.
We’ve all been there. That place where we lose steam, and we allow other things in life to take priority, and let our goal slip away. Before we know it, many years have passed by with little to no progress on those aspirations.
The truth is that having an intention to fulfill a dream is simply not enough to stay committed to your goals. You need to back it up by taking consistent action (and sticking with it) and making course-corrections along the way.
We fail to go the distance is because we don’t apply these three essential psychological components:
1. Passion: Remember the last time you accomplished something significant in your life. Do you remember all the hard work that you put into making it happen? What was it that made you endure all the challenges that came during the process? You will notice that all your efforts were fueled by a dynamic internal energy within you. The best way to generate passion and drive within yourself is by finding a big enough “why” and realizing how much your life will be positively affected if you stay committed to your goals.
2. Discipline and structure: No matter what goal we pursue, there will be a learning curve, and we need a day-to-day schedule that will facilitate steady growth and the learning. Discipline and structure provides that.
3. Support and accountability: Success is not one-man’s journey. You need the support of people you trust, such as friends, mentors, coaches or a support group. They can provide you with moral support, ideas, contacts and feedback. When you vocalize your dreams to others, they become real and tangible, and this makes you more likely to stay committed.
Success is ultimately about mastering your internal game. We need to develop the thoughts, behaviors and intention that will make our journey smoother. The world is waiting to receive your unique gifts!
All my best on your journey,
Question for you: What are the biggest challenges that you face when it comes to how to stay focused on your goals?
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