• Kirsti Gwynn

Goals: How to Stay Motivated and Be More Disciplined

Achieving your goals takes effort, motivation, and self-discipline – and sometimes, that’s hard to find.

Maybe you start our excited about your goal, full of energy and enthusiasm, only to find that you run out of steam.

So what can you do to boost motivation and be more disciplined?

One of the main problems when it comes to goal-setting is that we frame our goals incorrectly. Without realizing it, we set goals in a way that makes them feel unachievable and overwhelming.

Personally, when I feel overwhelmed or confused about how to get to my goal, my motivation just vanishes.

In its place is fear, and it holds me back.

In the previous blog, I spoke about the power of reframing your goals as desires, rather than expectations.

Here’s another shift you can make:

Change your goal from an outcome to a learning goal.

For example, instead of saying, “I’m going to save more money this year” (which is an outcome goal), reframe it as, “I’m going to learn how to manage my money better” (which focuses on learning how to achieve the outcome).

Research shows that we’re much more likely to follow-through on a goal if it is a learning goal. It’s significantly easier to stay motivated and to be more disciplined about a learning goal because the goal appears actionable and achievable.

I know for sure that I can learn something new about different ways to save just by going on YouTube or opening a book – it’s a simple matter of seeking that knowledge out.

Whether I learn is always within my control. Whether I succeed at an outcome goal, such as “save £5000”, however, feels scarier and much less attainable because the way I’ve framed the goal tells me nothing about how I can go about achieving it.

Let’s consider some other examples.

If you feel that you really despise your job, you might be tempted to set the outcome goal: “I’m going to get a job I love.”