BarroMetrics Views: A Process for Achieving Goals 4 (Success Series)
I was going to start on Method today; but on the way to Singapore, I read Charles Duhigg’s ‘Smarter, Faster, Better.’ His chapters, ‘Motivation’, ‘Goal Setting’ and ‘Focus’ add to our discussion.
Charles suggest two practices stimulate our motivation for goal achievement. Firstly, reframe our actions from chores (‘must dos’) to choices (‘want to dos’).
This simple reframing provides us with the sense of control our brain seeks. Add to this the well-known practice of ‘I’ll just take one small step – just to start, and see what happens. I can also stop if I don’t feel like continuing’, and you have a fab strategy against procrastination.
Secondly, Charles suggests that we remind ourselves that the small steps are steps to goals supported by our values. He gives a personal example of a heading to his ‘to do’ lists: the reason for the actions he is taking. He suggests grouping actions for one goal for a single ‘to do’ session.
In his chapter on ‘Goal Setting’, Charles recommends using SMART (SMARTER in our case) to create the tactical plan to attain our goals. For example ask:
- What step that is specific, can I take to attain my goal?
- What step can I take that is measurable? And so on.
His other relevant recommendation (in the ‘Focus’ chapter is to create a vivid picture of what our day would be like if we were to execute our plan for the day. To this I would add a review of the day:
- What went well?
- What needed improvement?
- What actions to take next time to create the needed improvement?
- How much closer did today take us to our goal?
Next Monday, METHOD; tomorrow, I’ll review Gold…..