Why habits (and not goals) are essential to achieving what you set out to
Two sports teams both have the goal to win the game at hand, but only one can. This shows that just having a goal doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to achieve it. To win or achieve your goal, you need to have the right positive habits day in and day out. In the case of the sports team, it’s the one that trains regularly, eats healthy every day, and has the right mindset to keep going when times are tough.
To help you understand why many of us don’t achieve the goals that we set out to, this article explains why daily habits are the key to getting us to where we want to be.
Goals are great for short term accountability…
Have you hit a weight loss goal but then gained that weight back on not long after? Have you resolved to quit something or to start something only to revert back after a few weeks? Have you ever trained to run a marathon but then never run much after that?
If you can relate to one of the questions above, it’s probably due to one of these 5 reasons:
While goals are great for short term accountability and for that initial push to improve performance, on their own, they don’t help you to sustain this performance.
…habits are what help us sustain performance in the long term
Just like the long-term success of a sports team, it’s having the right habits that is key; having the right habits to support their goals.
When it comes to business, if you want to grow sustainably, you need the right mindset and the right habits to sustain your performance over time. So how do you do this?
Start achieving what you set out to
If you set yourself goals AND put in place the necessary habits you will need to achieve them (just focusing on getting a little done each day), soon these will build and you’ll see your business moving forward.
Remember the sports team. You might win one game or hit your goal once, but the key to long-term success is having the right mindset and daily habits.