The difference between those who set out to achieve something and those who actually succeed is simple: attitude. Those who start off with a wishy-washy “I’ll try, but…” mindset give up when confronted with even the smallest obstacles. It’s almost like they were waiting for an excuse to give up.
Compare that with people who have what I call “Goal Gusto”, the get it done no-matter-what attitude. They start out already able to see the end result of achieving their goal. When faced with obstacles, they find a way to go around them, over them or even under them because they are focused on achieving their goal…whatever it takes.
It’s like when we have no choice BUT to succeed. We start off by eliminating the option of quitting from our mental list of choices. We get it done no matter what it takes. So how do we get that kind of goal gusto for our everyday goals? The ones we so often gives ourselves permission to “take a sickie” on achieving when we don’t feel like it or encounter a problem?
How to Get the Whatever It Takes Attitude
Get the Goal Getting Habit — Get in the habit of always achieving your goals. It’s easier to slip if your self-management culture is to let things slide or set personal deadlines that you routinely ignore. Start now by promising yourself you will NEVER EVER miss a personal goal or deadline. That means taking it serious when you move it from the “I should” column into the “I must” because now it’s a promise.
Think of Your Goals as Achievable — Start every goal with the belief that you will get there then set to work getting there. Plain and simple. Oh and don’t set unrealistic goals (or at least do yourself the favour of breaking those big-audacious goals into smaller steps and focusing on achieving each of those one goal at a time).
Anticipate Potential Obstacles — Follow the Boy Scout rule and always be prepared for whatever life throws at you. If you think you are going to run into a time crunch for that looming deadline, start extra early and push yourself to get ahead of schedule so when the time crunch hits, you won’t fall too far behind.
Set Yourself Up for Success — Don’t create additional obstacles by being disorganized and trying to achieve a goal against all odds. For example, if your goal is to get to the gym every morning for the 7 am yoga class, set your alarm, get your yoga gear ready the night before and prep a quick breakfast to grab on your way out the door.
Never Stop Trying — Be ready to go down fighting. If an obstacle gets in your way, try something else. If that doesn’t work, try a different tactic. If that fails, come at it from a different angle. Never stop trying. That’s the gusto part of Goal Gusto!