1. Find the Environment That Supports Achieving Your Goals
Real progress occurs when we fully understand and align with what, whom, and where best support our goals.
So, the next time you’re in your environment, whether at or outside of work, try to pay attention to how you feel while you’re there. Note if that feeling changes when you leave that environment.
Examine your surroundings. Look at all the infrastructure and ask yourself these simple questions:
- Am I in an environment that’s conducive to me achieving my goals?
- Is it detrimental to me maintaining my focus on my goals?
- Is it on par with people who have already achieved what I want to achieve?
Also, examine your lifestyle and habits. Are you placing yourself in environments and situations that spark personal growth?
If the answers to these questions are anything but a definite and resounding yes, then you should seriously consider modifying or completely changing your surroundings.
The more you understand yourself, the more aware you’ll be of the environment that’s most likely to help you stay focused on your goals.
2. Let Your Goals, Not Distractions, Distract You
If you constantly lose focus on your goals, you pretty much render them useless. Distractions and interruptions are the biggest culprits of losing your focus.
One of the most practical ways to maintain focus is to allow your goals to constantly distract you.
You’ll inevitably lose focus from time to time. But you can limit the number of times it happens and the duration by facilitating your goals to distract you back to your focus.
Now, how do you do that?
It’s simple: make visual cues.
There’s a saying that if you don’t see it, you’ll probably forget it. Science agrees; the eyes hold the majority of sensory receptors in the human body. Therefore, the eye is a major component of focus.
The following cues are simply things that will trigger you to focus or refocus your attention back onto your goals.
What type to use will largely depend on what works for you, but below are a few common ones:
- Tape your task list or habit tracker to your desk or onto your refrigerator at home.
- Hang motivational posters at frequently visited sections of your house or workspace.
- Post-Its – write your goals in a one or two-word phrase on them and stick where you’re sure to see them.
- Set cues to constantly remind you to stick with your productive habits.
- Digital devices – alter the screensavers of your computer, smartphones, tablets, or any other digital device you use regularly to display something about your goal.
3. Modify Your Inner Circle
Multiple studies have proven that our mindset, behaviors, and motivations are largely influenced by our peer group. Therefore, the people in our lives have an enormous impact on our ability to reach our goals.
“You are the average of the five people you associate with most…” – Tim Ferriss 
Since people have such a significant influence on the direction of your entire life, if you’re really serious about achieving your goals, you may have to adjust your inner circle. This is where designing or modifying your environment for success becomes tricky.
Unlike upgrading your iPhone, changing the makeup of your inner circle can be a lot more complex.
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to sever ties with friends, especially against their will, even if it’s for the betterment of the self.
It will likely foster resentment because it will require you to betray the very virtue that served as the keystone of the friendship in the first place: loyalty.
But we must remember that above all else, when we set important personal goals, we must be loyal to ourselves if we are to achieve them. Loyalty to friends, family, or even to your spouse that is detrimental to your success in life will only slow your growth.
By consciously deciding whom you want in your inner circle, you are taking control of the ultimate direction of your life.
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