Write A List Of Obstacles To Keep Your Goals On Track

Keeping yourself focused on a goal is never easy. While it's always a good idea to keep the positives in mind about your end goal, 99u points out it's just as necessary to keep track of your obstacles.

Title photo remixed from Christopher Matson.

Every goal has obstacles, whether it's forming a habit or completing a project. It's easy to think how wonderful it will be when you achieve that goal, but it's also necessary to contrast the positives with the obstacles. To do this, 99u suggests you keep a list:

Have a go — think of one of your ambitions, write down three benefits of succeeding, but then pause and consider the three main obstacles in your way, and write those down, too. Going through this routine will help ensure you direct your motivation and energy where it's needed most, and help you identify if this particular goal is a non-starter.

Chances are you do this on a smaller scale already, but the importance here is in balancing the positives with obstacles so you have a more realistic version of what's in front of you. This makes it easier to deal with problems and pick challenges you're likely to win.

The Power of Negative Thinking [99u]


    You may want to check out GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals, habits, and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate, and most of all, really works!

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