What normally happens is we set goals and then procrastinate. So you write down a to do list of what you would like to achieve…again and again! 

What’s the problem

Why are humans so good at written goals or lists yet never or for the most part don’t come up trumps?

Emotions 

We do not add emotion and yet they are fundamental to our achievements and how badly we want to achieve them. Emotions can’t be ignored yet an important part of brain structure. Thinking and feeling are in competition all the time and feelings normally win. 

Fighting our feelings are no use research illustrates that Emotions are stronger

We need to think to plan but we need to feel to act”

  1. Get Positive – begin to change mood proscastion serves a bad mood. Happiness increases productivity and makes you more succesful.
  2. Monitor the progress your making and celebrate if however small.  Harvard’s Teresa Amabile‘s research found that nothing is more motivating than progress.

Okay, so no procrastination, holding you back. But what’s going to drive you forward?

3. Get rewarded Research shows that rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things. So treat yourself when you do something on your to do list. 

4. Peer Presure research indicates helping people as apposed to hurting them pushes one forward. 

“Surround yourself with people you want to be and it’s far less taxing to do what you should be doing”.

Carlin Flora conveys; 

“Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits and even career aspirations of those around you. If you’re in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you’ll take on that same sense of seriousness”.

To sum up. Got today’s to-do list? Great. That means the most rational thing to do now is stop being rational. Get those emotions going:

  • Get positive 
  • Get rewared
  • Get peerpressure 

Give it a try….