Andrew Bryant of Self Leadership International explains how individuals can set and work towards achieving specific goals, and avoid falling short of these objectives.
Date: Dec 2011
This is because once an individual sets an intention to achieve something, their unconscious mind starts to work on that and people see opportunities to do what they want to, he explained.
As an example, said Bryant, people often make resolutions in relation to fitness or diet. So once there is an objective, people then consider this every time an opportunity presents itself that might result in them not meeting their goal.
Further, if people set a goal to achieve a certain figure in terms of sales, he said they will start to see relevant opportunities.
Hurdles to achieving goals
According to Bryant, people often don’t achieve their goals because they have conflicting goals.
For example, if a goal is to lose weight, but on the other hand someone wants to minimise their own discomfort, then it is difficult for them to be able to go to the gym without the pain needed to achieve the first goal.
Or, he added, someone might want to achieve certain sales figures, but that might require a discomfort related to doing late-night meetings or picking up the phone.
Another example might be a goal to have a happy family life, said Bryant, yet they then are at work until midnight, which creates a conflict.
Being passionate about other’s goals
It is possible to be a great supporter, or cheerleader, said Bryant, which is part of leadership. This means actually being excited about the goals that others are aiming for.
It is often the case, he added, that people with goals are attractive, and there is a reciprocity involved with this.