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8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals

We all want to make changes that will make our lives better.

However, oftentimes, we give up soon and don’t follow through our resolutions.

Below are some quick and painless techniques that can help you create permanent and positive changes in your life.

It all comes down to having the perfect plan, learning how to overcome procrastination, and using a form of doublethinking.

Let’s get started, shall we?

8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals

The Right Way to Achieve Any Goal.

The right way to achieve any important goal, usually is by following these steps:

1. Make a step-by-step plan.

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Successful people break their overall goal into a series of sub-goals.

This helps them overcome the fear and hesitation associated with trying to take on a major change in life. They make sure that their sub-goals are specific, measurable, and time-bounded.

For example, if someone who is looking for a job, a successful plan can be broken into two steps. First, write a résumé. Second, apply for new job every week for the next three months.

2. Tell others about your goal.

While keeping your resolutions to yourself can help ease the fear of failure, it also makes it too easy to give up and drift back to your old habits.

This is why successful people are more likely than others to tell their family, friends, and colleagues about their goals. Going public will help you stick to your promises and goals and the greater the public declaration, the more motivated you become to achieve your goals.

At the same time, family and friends can provide much-needed support when you start feeling demotivated.

3. Think about the good things that will happen if you achieve your goal.

People who succeed in making and maintaining a change, would constantly remind themselves of the benefits associated with the attempted change.

It doesn’t have to be imagining their perfect selves, but having an objective list of how their life would be better once they make the change and achieve their goal. At the same time, they don’t focus on how failure to change would affect their lives.

For example, if someone wants to lose weight, the right approach would be to focus on how good they’ll look and feel once they drop a few pounds.

On the other hand, fixating on how not losing weight will mean continued unhappiness about the way they look, won’t be much help.

4. Reward yourself for the progress you make toward your goal.

Those who end up making and maintaining permanent changes in their lives, attach a reward to each sub-goal of their plan. This reward is usually something small and doesn’t conflict with their main goal.

So if your goal is to lose weight, a reward for a week of healthy diet shouldn’t be a bar of chocolate or a trip to the fast-food restaurant. Nevertheless, a reward should be something to look forward to and should provide a sense of accomplishment.

5. Keep track of your progress (e.g., in a journal or on a chart).

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Successful people always kept track of their plans, benefits, and progress in writing.

They would use handwritten journals, digital ones, charts or even bulletin boards. Keeping track of their progress boosts their confidence and increases their chances of success.

Related: 7 Proven Ways to Set Goals and Achieve Them

6. Overcome Procrastination.

Procrastination can stem from a fear of failure, perfectionism, insufficient will-power, boredom, inability to estimate accurately how long it takes to accomplish something, seeing a project as a whole instead of breaking it into smaller parts, etc.

Procrastination can be a major problem. It causes people to inadequately prepare for important exams and interviews, leave projects incomplete, and fail to meet deadlines.

One highly effective way to overcome procrastination is to break your job into smaller parts and work on each part single-mindedly. By persuading your mind to work on the activity for “just few minutes,’ you’ll feel an urge to see it through to completion.

This is known as the Zeigarnik effect .

According to the Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik, starting an activity triggers a kind of psychic anxiety. Once your activity is completed, your mind relaxes and all is forgotten. In other words, your anxious brain will refuse to rest until the task is complete.

Related: 10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity: How to Accomplish More & Have More Time

7. A Better Way to Use Visualization.

When it comes to visualization, a study has shown that tennis players and golfers benefit far more from imagining themselves training than winning.

The same goes for students who imagine themselves studying for the exam rather than getting high degrees.

So if you want to use visualization to achieve any goal or make any change, try imagining yourself, from a third-person perspective, doing whatever needs to be done to reach your goal.

One reason why visualizing yourself from a third-person perspective can work better than a first-person one, is because the former requires more mental effort and so result in significantly more behavioral changes.

8. DoubleThink.

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When working on a change or achieving a goal, it’s recommended that people reflect on the benefits of making the change or achieving that goal.

At the same time, it’s advised not to focus on how failure to change would affect their lives.

The doublethink technique, recommends that those who want to make a change, reflect first on the benefits of the attempted change. Immediately afterward, they need to think about the biggest obstacles to their success and focus on what they would do if they encountered these difficulties.

Note that they don’t focus on failure itself, rather they focus on the difficulties they might encounter and how they can overcome them.

Did I miss anything?

Now I’d like to hear from you.

Which techniques from today’s post are you going to try first?

Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite techniques.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now!

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8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals

Portions of this article were adapted from the book 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot, © 2009 by Richard Wiseman. All rights reserved.

8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals
8 Scientific Proven Ways To Achieve Your Goals

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