Requires refinement of target, removing barriers of resistance (Internal / External), and setting mid-level targets.
- Selecting on primary target aligned with your purpose
- Identifying short-term goals related to your primary target
- Removing goals not aligned with your primary target
- Selecting specific daily tasks
The second step requires resetting your irresistible target, removing barriers of resistance, and setting intermediate targets. Two central components of resetting are developing a target that is truly irresistible and identifying one primary target.
A target is irresistible only when it is aligned with your purpose and identity identified in step 1. Therefore, it is essential that the irresistible target is your own and not dictated by other individuals. Unquestionably your target is likely to be shared and even partly governed by outside forces, but having autonomy in choosing your primary irresistible target is critically important. When your target is closely tied to a deep and meaningful purpose, then exerting high-level effort becomes less of a chore and more of a privilege. Further, when a target is self-governed and connected to a personal sense of self, individuals experience less conflict and distress when working through difficult tasks.
Having a sense of autonomy and authenticity is also strongly related to well-being. Research suggests that being gritty about one’s goal pursuits requires an authentic connection with the self. Studies have found a relationship between sense of control and stable enduring happiness across a wide range of domains. But it is unrealistic to immediately achieve the luxury of never having some tasks that aren’t completely self-governed. After all, when your boss asks you to do something, you get it done, even when you may sometimes rather not or when you may disagree. Thus, the key to resetting is identifying a target that is your own, while bearing in mind that some smaller tasks are necessary to move toward achieving your ultimate goal.
Through our build grit process, resetting guides you to eliminate less important goals to increase efficiency. Though many intermediate targets are necessary to accomplish a long-term target, it is essential to identity goals not aligned with your primary target and develop and action plan to remove those deterrents from your scope of work.
Narrowing down your irresistible target to one overarching goal requires vision, fortitude and effort. But it is even more difficult to execute a realistic plan of action to remove responsibilities that sidetrack your progress towards the primary target. In most cases, eliminating extraneous responsibilities will require years of intentional and hard work, but as time progresses the benefits become exponential with fewer superfluous tasks to derail your progress.
Resetting needs to occur periodically because life circumstances change and therefore a previous primary target may no longer relevant. Resetting is about assessing whether a pivot is necessary and provides an avenue to examine whether new barriers have emerged that need to be removed. Not only does resetting emphasize that you can always start over when you fail, but it also assumes you will fail. Anyone who has done anything of significance has failed along the way. But they learn how to fail forward and our process helps individuals and teams do just that. Resetting provides a process for adjusting after failure to fuel continuous growth and progress.
To maximize the efficacy of resetting, it is crucial that your target truly is irresistible and an only one overarching target is identified.
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“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
– Joseph Barbara