Are You a Goal-Getter or a Goal-Forgetter?

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There are two types of people in the world: goal-getters and goal-forgetters. We share three differences between the two.

We discuss how to keep your New Year’s resolutions on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary…

In a study on New Year’s resolutions, at the University of Scranton, by JC Norcross and DJ Vagarelli, 200 participants made a New Year’s resolutions. The researchers tracked them for two years.

  • 23% gave up within the week
  • 36% didn’t last a week
  • 50% threw in the towel by the 3-month mark
  • 54% didn’t make it 6 months
  • 81% quit within 2 years

So less than 1 out of 5 people kept their resolution long-term. How can you be part of this group of high achievers?

Understand the two types of people in the world: goal-getters and goal-forgetters. The two of us know. We’ve been both. Let’s talk about three differences between these goal-getters and the goal-forgetters.

Goal-getters focus on solutions.
Goal-forgetters get bogged down by problems.

Adversity and failure are guarantees when you put yourself out there and set BIGG goals. The key is to know that, and to be prepared for it, so a setback helps you grow forward.

Step 1: When a problem arises, clearly define it.
What is the root cause? What does this problem affect?

Step 2: Clearly define a solution.
What must this solution accomplish? How will you implement it?

Step 3: Try to look at situation in a more positive perspective.
See it as a challenge rather than a problem.

Step 4: Measure the progress of your solution.
If it doesn’t seem to be working, start over with step 1 and try again.

Take inspiration from Thomas Edison, who didn’t let failures stop him from becoming one of the most successful innovators in American history.

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Goal-getters can.
Goal-forgetters can’t.

Attitude is everything when it comes to accomplishing BIGG goals. You win with a CAN do attitude, not a CAN’T do attitude!

When you say you can’t do something, it means you don’t believe in yourself.

If self-doubt is sabotaging your goal, overcome it by creating confidence boosters.

Start by writing down why you want to achieve a particular goal. This is important because it helps you keep pushing towards your goal even on those difficult days.

Next, break your BIGG goal down into small goals and keep track of your achievements by using a notebook or app.

Finally, remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary. Instead, state what you will do: “Today, I WILL take action towards my goal.”

Goal-getters do whatever it takes.
Goal-forgetters do what is easy.

People who achieve their BIGG goals have a “quitting is not an option” attitude. But that doesn’t mean they followed a straight path to success. Sometimes you have to adapt, shift, or even take a different road to get to the finish line.

Knowing your why helps you persevere and overcome self-doubt. But your how doesn’t have to be set in stone. Set your direction, then analyze.

United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd developed a concept for the military called OODA Loops. OODA is an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.

Until you take action, your outcome is speculative. But when you take action, you start gaining valuable information that helps you navigate the journey you are on. Goal-getters have a bias for action, which leads to BIGG success!

Here’s to your BIGG success!
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