We will learn about bold long term goals that are out of the ordinary “score a well-paid job” and “pay your mortgage”.
Today we will go over a little known goal technique for goal setting which has been tenderly crafted with the knowledge of numerous sources from self-development authors to science research, which you can use to impress someone.
CRUSH surrounding opinions, DARE to achieve more and BELIEVE that you can put into practice whatever you dream of.
Long-term goal definition
What is a Long-term goal?
Long-term goals are a set of desired outcomes that are a result of every present moment that you have. Every little thing that you`re doing now is connected in a chain reaction to your long-term goals or long-term failure to meet them.
There are different measures of long-term goals. We can define them in time needed, level of difficulty and value of result. Furthermore we need to measure these objectively so that we can get a better picture of how things will go.
Look at the big picture when setting long-term goals
Most noteworthy I don`t want YOU to trust man-made limitations when goal setting! They`re just theories and even scientific theories are widely accepted until a better one is constructed and makes the previous obsolete.
Like the parable of the elephant and the rope. It`s tied to a rope when it`s a child that can hold him down. As he grows older and bigger he still thinks that the mere rope can hold him. This is just a metaphor of an unconscious habitual thinking pattern.
Unconscious habitual thinking patterns build-up our belief system, which in turn will determine the scale of our goals!
For example, you live in mediocre surroundings. With people in mid to low income in respect to the overall level of wages, who are usually integrated into social groups of people that are similar. Furthermore, they have developed thinking patterns that are related to their way of life and they will pass it down to the children. You will be taught to get a well-paid job and work for retirement age when you can chill. Which is perfectly okay, that is how children are raised and a community is built around common thinking, traditions, and culture.
Usually community`s vision of life is limited to what they see around them. The way they think and do is driven by how those before them, around them and above them do and did it. That’s how children can get accustomed to norms and believes that they will execute mechanically and those won’t be the answer to what is a long-term goal.
When determining life goals you need to take a look at the whole picture.
Don`t let common opinion come in the way when you`re setting up long-term goals. Opinions are falsifiable predictions just like scientific theory. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? It means they can be considered false. Above all that’s up to YOU.
What is a Long-term goal and how it’s measured?
Three major measures that can guide us are time, effort and reward. First of all there are goals from different scales, you decide how high you`re going to set your ladder. Consequently, this will simply reflect in effort, time and reward. An example of a long-term goal is: Become proficient in a language. Depending on which language you choose, it will scale differently. Probably learning Mandarin (a variety of Chinese) will require more effort and time than learning Spanish.
Furthermore, if you want to be efficient, you need to measure the outcome of learning one language to the outcome of learning the other. How will it affect your life in the future? Which culture do you prefer? What is your master plan?
Long-term goals example
Let`s get personal! I’m going to give a real life example of my own long-term goals! I want to become a motivational speaker. First of all I always strive for more than I can achieve. As a result my goals are on a very high scale. I have the choice to try and make it on a local level or take it international and choose a widely spoken language. Of course I go for the latter. I start things off with a motivational website and go for the big audience and greater outreach.
What is the difference between the two choices? I must put great effort into making A+ content in order to even start achieving some results, in the ever growing english-spoken competitive industry. The time I need to achieve this goal is much longer than it would be on a less competitive local level. Above all the higher reward for achieving on this scale is unquestionable!
The amBIOtious technique | Long-term goals
The whole guide has connections between its internal parts. I advise you not to skip sections because I will make a few references especially here. This technique is the heart and soul of goals. Follow each instruction carefully and take your time, don`t be in a hurry! It`s a collective of knowledge, research and ideas by great people. HYPE UP a bit! Understand my motives behind the technique and start DOING.
Writing it down
You will need to write, using a pen and paper which is better than a keyboard. There has been a lot of research connected to writing, like better recall of the subject. Furthermore it has been stated that people writing down goals are more likely to achieve them. This is connected to imprinting the information in your long-term memory storages (especially information that you create) and having it at an accessible location that you can see (the paper). See details on Forbes here.
The core concept is that you write down a detailed bio (biography) of an ambition or goal that you achieved in the future.*Mind choke* Yes you understood me right, if not you can read that again. We will use a vivid explanation in past tense of how and what we achieved but in a future period. We are basically tricking our brains into believing that we accomplished our goal. No you DON’T write it down and just wait for the magic. You are writing destiny and pushing your mind and body into WORK MODE.
Example of the amBIOtious technique for long-term goals
For example: “In August 2019 Elizabeth was preparing for a degree test in Advanced Chinese (reward). For months she was practicing daily to learn the language. In the beginning she had a rough starting week while devising her plan and gathering materials. As time went by she was already learning 2 new words each day, taking lessons on a weekly basis and contributing at least an hour a day, by the second month she pushed herself to five words(effort and time). On the 3-rd month she recieved A2 certification in Chinese and she was well on her way for Proficiency.”
The goal is A2 certificate in Chinese that is part of the long-term goal- Proficiency in Chinese. We went through our core measures that I talked about earlier: Effort that Elizabeth put in, Time that she needed and the reward she is getting. When putting time brackets it`s real important to indicate a realistic deadline because that makes us move. Push yourself with deadlines you can extend them a bit if needed later, but you will still feel responsible for them.
Long-term goals are interconnected with failure
“Failures lies concealed in every success and success in every failure.”
Polarities are one of our major driving forces. In a sense you are driven to succeed because there is failure in sight, it is your motivation! I`m willing to take the risk and make a cliché statement, in order to clear things up. There can be no good without evil. If there is no evil we wouldn`t have an understanding of good or we wouldn`t have a notion of it whatsoever.
Failure and success are bind together. One makes the other exist and they balance out each other. If there is no failure involved we can`t strive for success because it wouldn`t exist.
Failing is GREAT, that’s a mark that you possess it`s polarity within you! So if you fail that means you are already successful. In relation to the previous example- if you become bad then you were good up to that point. You are successful before you fail and you will be again in order to achieve balance.
When you think about what is a long-term goal you must know that failure is not a mean to an end, it`s just a conditioning stomach punch. The thing that true achievers possess is the ability to eat it up and carry on. It`s like Rocky says
“It ain`t about how hard you can hit, it`s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
However you must NOT be hard-headed. Sometimes you have taken the totally wrong path. But the good part about long-term goals is that there are numerous ways that lead to them. They will be under continuous re-evaluation. So be objective about the things that you`re doing.
If your method is failing be proud! It means you have put the EFFORT! Now you can understand which the wrong way is, reevaluate and repeat until you find the right one.
Ask yourself these questions when evaluating your long-term goal strategy:
- Does it work towards your destination?
- How can you measure the outcome of the effort?
- Is emotion blinding your vision?
- Are you spending too much time for something that doesn`t matter enough for the long-term goal?
You need to be conscious of the decisions you`re making and why. Don`t be afraid to drop some stuff that isn`t working. But first take a good eye on the details. Most times you don`t need to drop the whole thing but rather focus on individual details.
Small things can lead to the wrong results and other small things can lead to WINNING!
I hope this partially answers the question what is a long-term goal!
What is your biggest challenge in setting up goals? I`d love to know share in the comments below! Tell me what do you think about this post as well?
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