🔥𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐇𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐆𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬🔥
When combined with Flow, goals are powerful way to enhance peak performance. Over 2000 years ago the philosopher Aristotle noticed goals were a huge driver of human behaviour. And over time research has consistently showed the establishment of goals is one of the easiest ways to increase motivation. Goals require attention and persistence. And if anchored to our passions and purpose, we're much more effective when we work, and much more willing to try again when we fail.
Dreaming big and imagining a future where we achieve great things comes naturally to humans. But the reason we often ‘fail’, is because we haven’t always completed the goal setting process. You see, our big goals and intentions need smaller, clearer goals for Flow to drop in.
Flow gets overwhelmed by the prospect of writing a novel, but is quite happy to help you through a few really good paragraphs. Even a chapter if you’re lucky.
The ‘clear’ in clear goals is the operative word. Clarity gives us certainty. Certainty allows us to know what to do and where to focus our attention while doing it. When goals are clear, meta-cognition is replaced by in-the-moment cognition. And the ego moves out of the picture.
Concentration tightens, motivation heightens, and we are able to filter our extraneous information. Action and awareness merge. We're pulled even deeper into the present.
Applying this idea to our day to day life means breaking big goals into bite-size chunks, and setting clear goals accordingly. You are looking for just enough stimulation to shortcut attention into the now, not enough stress to pull you back out again. (Think back to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Challenge / Skills Equation).
So as we move into a New Year, with our pedals to the metal (let’s face it, we humans have some very important work to do), make sure your big goals soar by breaking them down into daily, weekly, monthly ‘clear goals’. Routines and rituals that set up the conditions for Flow to drop in, making it much easier to do the hard work over the long haul.