Often when envisioning or striving to achieve big goals, we focus on having the best execution strategy or financial plan when what we really need to start with and focus on is our mindset. Of course, no big goal is going to be achieved without a plan and follow through, but if our mindset isn’t right then even the best strategy in the world won’t bring us the success we deserve.
So, I’m sharing my top four tips for how to develop a goal achievement mindset because even though it can be the most important factor in closing the gap between the goals we set and the goals we achieve, it’s not always easy to think in this way.
A good starting point to develop a goal achievement mindset is to shift your thinking from how can’t I to how can I.
Our brains are hardwired to focus on the negative, so when we have a new idea or goal we’re excited about, we immediately start running through all of the reasons that we can’t make it happen. Whether it be, now’s not the right time, or I’m not qualified enough, or there’s someone out there who is already doing something similar.
Instead, take a look at all of those meaningful, doable, specific and measurable goals you’ve set and under each one list out all of the reasons that you can. Such as, I’m more ready now than I’ve ever been, or x, y and z have all made me qualified for this, or someone might be doing something similar, but that someone isn’t me.
This simple shift in your thinking can lead you to discovering what is truly possible and what you’re actually capable of.
Our environment has a major impact on how we view the world and ourselves. You can intentionally set up your environment to support a goal achievement mindset by implementing a personal development plan.
A personal development plan consists of:
So, be intentional with the media you consume, the people you surround yourself with and how you choose to interact with the world around you as these will all directly impact your mindset.
Who out there has been “no showed”?
Who out there has asked for referrals and been told, “Let me think about it”?
Things don’t always go as planned and when this happens we have a tendency to focus on the rejection and negativity which leads to feelings of self-doubt. Instead, to expect the unexpected and to continue to develop a goal achievement mindset, I recommend you implement a bounce back plan.
A bounce back plan helps to shift your mindset from the negative mental narrative you’ve started to tell yourself because something didn’t go according to plan.
A successful bounce back plan has two main steps:
A bounce back plan allows you to intentionally shift your mindset and take action, which leads to confidence. Remember that you have a choice to stay in a negative headspace, overthink and limit action, or you can shift your mindset and get back in control.
You have clear goals – you know what you want and why you want to achieve it, yet you still struggle to follow through. Does this sound familiar?
Having a weekly peer accountability call is a surefire way to maintain your initial goal enthusiasm, continue to develop a goal achievement mindset and get the support you need to continue to act in the direction of your goals.
You can set up successful peer accountability calls in just three easy steps: