Leverage the Power of “Done” to Achieve Goals

November 1, 2019

During a marathon, organizers typically have signs set up along the route to indicate distances completed.  For example, one might say, “You’ve just finished 4K!”  They do that for two reasons: to let runners know where they are; and, to motivate them.

Why are these signs motivational?  They give runners an ongoing sense of accomplishment.  The runners have “finished” a certain section of the marathon.  They’ve reached a milestone.  That part is done!  As a result, they feel inspired to continue on.

You may feel that same way when you finish a project or task.  Energized!

You can use this phenomenon to help you reach your 2020 goals.  If you have a big goal, you can divide it into specific milestones that will give you that motivating sense of completion.  Say, for example, you want to lose weight.  Your milestones might include:

  • Make a nutritional eating plan.
  • Find a weight loss buddy to share the journey.
  • Lose your first 5 pounds.

    As you check off each milestone, you’ll become motivated to take on the next.  Give this technique a try in the new year!