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Life of a Goal

This lesson is a part of an audio course How to Finish your Goals by Ana Maria Matamoros

The life of a goal is shaped like a "U." When you start, you're all pumped up because of this big, lofty goal that you're going to achieve. Your fresh idea has momentum, and it seems to flow easily downwards.

Soon afterwards, when the novelty of it has faded, when you slightly fail, or the going gets tough, perfectionism tells you that you should quit.

If you keep going, the shiny object syndrome kicks in: the distractors get louder, suddenly you are more creative than ever before, and you can think of lots of new businesses, classes, and hobbies that you want to start right away, like NOW! This is where most people give up and decide that it wasn't such a good idea after all, because they aren't seeing the results fast enough, and they get discouraged. They'd rather pursue another goal and start all over again.

Finishing your goal will require you to use all the tools that you've learned here: setting the right sized goals, making them easy and fun, embracing imperfection, committing to your goals by connecting to your Big Why, creating space for them, and being aware of your stretch zone that will feel like you are risking your life, but it's really your brain trying to keep you safe inside your comfort zone.

Knowing what motivates you is very important for achieving your goal. There are 2 types of people, those who are motivated by reward or those who are motivated by fear.

Being motivated by reward means that you want to lose weight in order to go shopping for a smaller size.

Being motivated by fear means that you're losing the weight only because you're afraid to get diabetes and high blood pressure.

How can you reframe your goal in order to get motivated to pursue it?

What can you do in order to keep your focus on the current goal and not run after all the others that keep appearing? Have a journal or use a notes app in which you can jot them down. This will motivate you to finish your goal faster so that you can go ahead and tackle the next one.

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Ana Maria Matamoros