People usually set out on achieving their goals with high enthusiasm and expectations. One of the most common mistakes that people make is underestimating the actual time it takes to attain these goals. We all aim really high then become disheartened or dejected when we are unable to accomplish what we dreamt of within the time frame.
Being ambitious is really important but being realistic about your goals is also important. Deadlines should not be your primary concern when you are trying to complete your aim.
Here are some ways you can be realistic in the ways you set your goals:
Set Your Deadlines After Talking To An Expert
If will be easier for you to set a time frame for your goals when you talk to someone who has already done it. This is an obvious advice but most people are very motivated when they just start out and simply believe that they can achieve their goals very fast.
Setting unrealistic goals will cause you stress and lead to disappointment. Motivation is a powerful force but over confidence is a recipe for disaster.
Do not get disheartened when you hear the actual time needed to achieve your goals. Understand the constant work and dedication will help you fulfill your dreams but restricting yourself to a small time frame will only increase the pressure.
Remember To Be Both Ambitious And Patient
It is easy to get frustrated when you work very hard and do not see the desired results. Some people work even harder, pushing themselves to their full limits in the hopes of reaching their goals faster. But it is like wasting your energy on a timeline that already has its own set pace.
Attaining your goal is like a marathon. You should maintain a steady and consistent pace to finish the marathon. You cannot sprint from the start or you will wear yourself out too soon.
Ask People Who Have Already Achieved The Goal
Talking to people who have been through the battle and came out victorious will greatly help you. They will provide you insight and valuable information that will help you achieve your goals easier.
Trying to accelerate a project that needed more time will have its own dire consequence. So find people who have done what you are planning on doing and ask them to give you an estimate on how long it will take you to finish a project. Their estimate will be a more accurate and realistic.
Enjoy The Process
The process of attaining the goal is just as important as attaining it. If your happiness depends on just fulfilling your goal then it’s better to change your aim. The path leading up to the goal must fill you with excitement and also be motivating.
Learn to love the different tasks you undertake along the way. It will make the entire process less tedious. This will also keep you on track even if it takes years to reach your goal.
Remember that a deadline is just a number. The process and goal should be your driving force.