Your goals can be achieved faster with a bit of patience and mindset shift.
One of the key strategies to sticking with a goal is to be training your mind to fall in love with the journey rather than the end result. While that’s a good piece of advice, that simple mindset shift can cause a problem.
What if during your journey, your progress stops suddenly. Or maybe you are so close to achieving your goal you need something to work out for you.
The excitement of achieving a goal — whether it’s big or small — can be overwhelming in those moments and during those times we can get impatient. We can skip over things or get sloppy at the end.
We can trip and fall right before finishing.
Regardless of the scenario, I find two things to be helpful in these situations:
- Exercise some patience and self-control.
- Fall back on a motivational system to push you forward.
Discover Why You’re Impatient
It’s easy to skip over this part as people are fully aware of why they’re impatient — your progress is stalled or you want to get over that last hurdle as quickly as possible and enjoy the rewards.
But that way of thinking is based on a base level of thinking. There is always some other underlying emotion or aspect that makes us impatient in the first place.
I’m currently working on a big project at the moment during my spare time. Every week for the past few weeks, I’ve been setting up goals to be working towards every single week.
It’s exciting and I’m motivated, however, I’m fully aware that I can get impatient or pushy as this project involves my marketing team’s assistance. The fact I have to wait pushes me to rely on my patience system and to discover potential avenues for how I can lose my patience.
Things like my excitement and drive for the project to be completed.
Or possible and obvious snags the project could run into.
Looking at underlying issues of our emotions helps us to identify what the actual problems are. Furthermore, coming up with solutions to those things will help in developing patience in the process.
Another part of patience is learning self-control. Not only in controlling our emotions but also in the actions that we are performing.
This isn’t about bottling up your emotions or anything like that. Rather, it’s about looking back at those underlying issues and putting together a more coherent plan.
Again, people get caught up on their emotions so much they act rashly and without realizing they made a mistake. It happens and it’s alright, but you can do better next time.
Self-control allows us to put the focus on things that actually matter and will move the needle of progress for us. It’s having the mental clarity to look past our emotions, accept them, and direct them towards something constructive.
Instead of sitting back and being excited about this project I have, I decided to set myself goals and discuss them with my marketing group. This allows me to focus my emotions and energy into those aspects rather than basking in it and not putting it towards anything constructive.
During the times I’m working on my project, I’m practicing self-control to not get distracted and verify that what I’m doing is making this project come to fruition.
Build A Motivational System
The last aspect is to have yourself a motivational system that’ll push you towards your goals. Motivation is an essential part that can come from external sources or internal sources.
In the situation where you are so close to your goal or that your progress has stalled, you’ll want to rely on internal sources over external.
You’ll want to remind yourself of why you started working on this goal in the first place. Think about the many reasons you’ve picked up over your progress and use them to push yourself forward.
You’ll also want that motivation to direct you towards something as well. In these events, chances are high that you merely need to come up with a new solution or look at the problem from a different angle.
If you have good self-control, you’ll be able to pick out new solutions that’ll help you push forward and overcome the problems that you’re facing. On top of that, you’ll have the internal motivation you need to focus on taking action on those new solutions.