When setting goals for the year, oftentimes, people can easily create a list of things they want to accomplish, but they struggle in figuring out where to start first. If you randomly select one goal at a time to check off your list, it’s likely that you’ll lose motivation, and you won’t reach all of your hopes for the year. However, there’s a secret to making big things happen and checking everything off your list – it’s called a PUSH Goal. What is a push goal, you ask? Let’s dive in (and check out our cute new Push Journals)…
Don’t Crush Your Mojo
In working with many ambitious individuals over the years, here’s what I’ve found… After making their list, most people can’t decide where to start; so, they choose to tackle the easiest one first.
Unfortunately, the easiest goal typically has the least rewarding outcome. Because the reward is small, many people lose their mojo and motivation to tackle the rest of their list.
But there’s good news! I noticed another pattern, too. On each person’s list, there emerged what I call a “Push Goal.” I realized that by focusing on their Push Goal first, people could keep their mojo and achieve ALL of the goals on their list.
What is a PUSH Goal?
It’s the one goal on your list that if achieved would make all (or most) of the others possible. Let’s say you made a list of 10 goals for the year (in fact, I recommend making a list of 10). Looking at that list, what ONE goal would help you achieve all of the others?
Your Push Goal isn’t necessarily the goal that’s most important to you, but it IS the one that makes the others possible. It’s like a domino effect. Achieving that one goal will help you “push through” the others.
So, take a look at your list. Evaluate each of your goals one at a time. Decide how many other goals that one goal would make possible if it were achieved. This is your Push Goal, and this is where you need to focus your attention. You’ll be amazed by how quickly you knock the other goals off your list, when you focus on your one goal first.
For more information on setting goals, check out Chalene’s book PUSH.