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How to Finish Your Goals


Robert DeCrescentis
09/06/2018


This is the finale in the goal setting blog series. So far you have read and learned that you must write down your goals and research them to follow through and move forward. This section will help you decide how you are going to finish your goals and conquer them, so that you can perform them at an optimal level. It sounds easy, but it is extremely difficult to master if you do not have your ducks in a row. If you feel that you do not need to read the previous two blogs and feel that this is what is going to help you the most, then you may be taking a chance. But nonetheless, this blog will help you finish and conquer your goals. If you have read the previous two blogs, then great job and you are ready to move forward and take hold of it! This blog will help you with finishing your goals and being successful. Let us get started!


Live like no one else, so that later, you have the opportunity to live and give like no one else - Dave Ramsey


Live like no one else!

What a profound statement, "live like no one else!". What is your long-term goal? Hopefully by now you know what it is, and you are ready to live like no one else. If you live like no one else, then you will be able to give and use the financial resources you will gain from your goal. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where credit and debt are completely normal household terms. As you move forward with your long-term goal, you will learn and realize that it takes hard work and a lot of preparation to get there. If you must scrape by temporarily to get to your long-term goal, then it is ok. Once you get there, you will thank yourself later.


Up to this point, all the information that you have read has been purely researched from educated professionals. I am going to use a quote below that sums up this entire blog series and will help you move forward to your long-term goal. This goal is from a man by the name of Paul. Paul was a man who lived a life full of adversity and found his faith through persecuting Christians. He writes about real life circumstances that are applicable no matter what stage in life you are at. Below is a quote from Paul that sums up this entire series and will give you the motivation to move forward.


Paul states:

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul had a prize (a goal) that he was trying to reach. He gave personal sacrifice and lived like no one else to get there. To accomplish your long-term goal, there is personal sacrifice. The question is: Are you willing to take it? Are you willing to give a portion of yourself to accomplish this long-term goal? Is it worth the risk? Those are factors you must consider before moving forward with your goal (and reading this blog). If you are not ready, then take a step back and figure out why you are not ready and correct those areas (so you can become ready).


Conquering the fine art of goal setting

Have you thought about what it looks like to conquer your long-term goal? By this point, you will have made the appropriate preparations in conquering your long-term goal. Hopefully by now, you are excited to move forward and finally see your goal come to fruition. At this stage, it is called finishing business. By now, you have created a concrete idea on what your long-term goal looks like. Furthermore, having a solid plan in place will greatly assist you in moving forward to conquer your goal.


Here are some steps to take which places this information into play. For example, they are: 1. Diagnosis: Where are we now and why?, 2. Prognosis: Where are we headed if we continue as we are?, 3. Goals and objective: Where do we want to be?, 4. Strategy: How are we going to get there?, 5. Tactics: How are we going to get there?, and 6. Control: How are we doing? The first two blogs in this series explain this information in detail and illustrate how to use this process in conquering your goal. Using the six-step process will help you get to your long-term goal and will help you understand the preparation that needs to be done to get there.


Here are some examples of what conquering your goal will look like. For example, if you have a fitness goal of losing 100lbs, what are you doing to get there? First, you must admit that you need to lose the weight. Second, you must figure out how you are going to get to your 100lb weight loss goal (i.e. get a personal trainer, or an accountability partner). Third, you need to move forward to start your goal. Fourth, get on a solid plan on how to get to your weight loss goal. Fifth, exercise, exercise, exercise! Sixth, track your progress and make sure you are conquering your individual short-term goals to get to your long-term goal. This is what it looks like in a calendar year. January: Sit down with your personal trainer and go over your long-term goal of losing 100lbs. Work on a solid program that will help you start to get to your goal. February: Track your progress and change up your exercise regimen to challenge you to get to your goal. March: Increase the intensity of your workout and continue to eat right so you can get to your long-term goal. April: Your personal trainer needs to sit down with you and measure your success thus far and let you know your progress toward your goal. Still work on the intense exercise program and healthy eating regimen to gain success. May: Continue to track your progress, eat right, and increase the intensity of your workout. June: You are halfway there! Do not give up and you can conquer your weight loss goal of 100lbs. Track your progress, increase the intensity of your workout, and eat right. July: Increase the amount of time you spend working out and add one more day to your workout schedule. August: Do a 5 or 10k run, track your progress and eat right. September: Take advantage of the nice weather while you can and workout outside, eat healthy, follow your personal trainer's advice and do what it takes to get to the finish line. October: You are almost there and by this point, you have lost 3/4 of your overall goal. November: Taste the victory and continue pushing on. You are doing a great job and you need to follow through with your intense workout, extra day workout and eat healthy. December: Victory is here, and you need to accept it! Write down what you have lost and compare it to your goal. By this time, you should have reached your goal and the hard work paid off. Great job!


You can also apply the calendar technique and the six steps to any situation for conquering your goals. You must do your research, sit down and think about how you are going to get there. Anyone can conquer goals, but it takes a disciplined person who does not give up, to make the goal a success. Be disciplined, intentional, and have the will to push forward because it will pay off when you reach your long-term goal. It works every time.


Etkin explains:

It has long been established that people are happy when they find out they attained their goals...On the one hand, if emotion is viewed solely as a reaction to surprise, one might expect that premature news would lead to heightened positive emotion. This is because premature news is surprising not only due to its content but also due to its timing.



As Etkin explains, any good news translates to heightened, positive emotions. Imagine what it would be like when you finish your goals. Furthermore, think about the amount of accomplishment you will feel when your long-term goal has been conquered. The hard work has definitely paid off and now you are ready to reap the benefits of your long-term goal. Therefore, conquer your goals and reach the highest potential you can go in order to get to your long-term goal! Do not waste time and your time is now!


Performing your goals

By this point, you have reached your goal and now you need to perform it. How does that happen? Simple. You need to act upon it and take initiative. Sitting back and doing nothing will not get you to your goal. Furthermore, think about this...a millionaire did not get their first million by sitting and doing nothing. Another example, a successful business person did not do nothing to make their business a success. They did the hard work it took to make it a success. You need to act now to perform your goal and make it a success. Use the blog suite as an educated guide on how to reach the moment of conquering your goals. It does not matter on how well you perform your goal and it does not matter the time it takes to get to your long-term goal. What matters is that you reach it.


Van Yperen explains:

Mastery-approach goals are generally considered to be the ideal form of competence- based regulation and may lead individuals to view the task as an attainable challenge, elicit feelings of excitement, and encourage cognitive and affective immersion in the activity. Therefore, those who are not among the great performers (the great majority) may be better off with mastery-approach goals which are assumed to facilitate task interest and performance improvement.

Although it is better to have a mastery-approach toward reaching your goal, it is not essential. As I stated above, it is more important that you take the steps to conquering your goal and then performing them, in the end. Another theory that is used called the construal level theory.


The construal level theory states:

Any event can be construed concretely or abstractly. Concrete construal’s focus on the specific details of the event and emphasize how a person engages in a particular action. Abstract construal’s focus on the general purpose of the event and emphasize why a person engages in a particular behavior.

What does this look like? A construal (you) need to focus on your long-term goal and do the steps on taking action. You must focus on the purpose of your goal and why you will do it. Basically, everything that I have been explaining to you up to this point and how you will follow through and conquer your goal. Get ready to perform your goals and do it now. Best wishes to you and see you at the finish line!


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. - Paul

Conclusion

This blog has taught you to conquer and finish your long-term goal. Remember the steps and examples to aid you in reaching your goal. What you do now will pay dividends in the future. Do not give up and fight the good fight. Like Paul explained, he has fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. The time is now to reach your full potential in long term goal. Finish the race with joy and run in such a way as to get the prize. Finish well and you will reach success!!




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