Focus on completing your today’s goals
Most people think hard work is the key to accomplishing huge goals, but APJ Abdul Kalam would disagree. When Kalam, India’s top scientist, ex-president and a beloved role model, used to consider the reason for his success, he credited one word: consistency.
Early on in his career, Kalam started writing down at least one goal per day. He hung a giant calendar on the wall, and every time he finished his daily goal, he drew a big red X over the day. Over time, the string of Xs formed a long chain. Kalam used to say the draw of money and fame didn’t motivate him. The real motivator was to not break the chain.
This daily goal routine is a perfect example of a habit goal. Habit goals keep you focused on small tasks that can be completed each day.
Here is what you need to do:
- Get clear and very specific on your goal. E.g. complete all tasks on your study plan OR learn a new Physics concept everyday. Keep it easy.
- Identify the right behavior. E.g. Watch a video and practice for 30 minutes. Don’t make it too difficult.
- Track your progress. E.g. mark in your study plan the completion status
- Identify an accountability partner (Most likely your mentor or friend) and tell him/her whether you completed or couldn’t complete that goal.