Episode 228 — AMMA — How to Actually Achieve Your Goals
At the start of a new year, many people set goals and targets for what they aim to achieve — and yet, few actually accomplish what they say they want to.
In this episode of The Game Changing Attorney Podcast, Crisp Founder & CEO Michael Mogill will share his keen observations and practical experiences to help you actually achieve your goals this year.
- How to prevent procrastination and stick to your ambitions
- The role external accountability plays in achieving goals
- Proven ways to cultivate productive habits
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How to stick to it. “Are the resolutions that you set or the goals that you set going into a new year things you believe you should do or things you must do? There’s a big difference between the two. It comes down to the why and the impact of achieving it. Oftentimes the idea of achieving something sounds great, but you still got your Netflix, you still got college football, and you’ve got whatever you’re watching on streaming, and you got DoorDash and Uber Eats — and you can be satiated. Things aren’t bad enough to abandon the current and pursue the future. The future is unknown, so there has to be a very strong reason.”
External accountability is key. “I work with an exercise trainer. Last year we did 300 workouts. I know how to do the workouts, and I know what to do in the gym, so why would I continue to pay this person to send me workouts every single week? Because it comes with accountability. Of course I know how to lift the damn barbell and I know how to lift the dumbbells. It’s not about that. It’s not about them just telling you what to do. It’s about being accountable to another person so that you are consistent. Typically, if you don’t pay, you don’t pay attention. You have to have some sort of investment of time and money to actually be truly committed to something. Otherwise you’re like, ‘Well, I could just do it on my own. I’m going to try it on my own.’ Go try it on your own. Go try it for free. Go watch the YouTube video. Go try to do what you’re doing and continue to get the results that you’re getting. It’s insanity.”
Train yourself out of procrastination. “A professional can do the thing they hate to do, but they do it like they love it. When you find yourself in a procrastination mode of like ‘I’ll do it later,’ in my experience, you’ve got to rewire those neural pathways. If it’s something you’ve got to do — I find myself having this experience of something around the house, or I know I need to send an email; it’s usually like a two-minute task or a five-minute task or something — just do it right away. In fact, you can actually condition yourself because this is like a muscle. You can start developing these types of behaviors and habits so that when you feel that initial pang of ‘I don’t want to do it,’ you just go and do it right away.”
When the going gets tough, get tougher. “You don’t adjust the goals. You just adjust the action steps. If you’re truly committed to what you want to do, you find a way to make it happen.”
EPISODE RESOURCES & REFERENCES
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Change or Die by Alan Deutschman
2022 Game Changers Summit at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium