3 Keys for achieving goals with confidence 

Our confidence rises when we achieve success in something.  However, success is not always easy to measure.  An effective approach for building confidence is by developing challenging goals that are easier to measure.  For example, a goal could be to learn a particular skill.  This can further be broken into segments with measurable outcomes, i.e. read a book, speak to an expert, follow a tutorial, practice 3 times a week, etc.


Here are three key elements that must exist in achieving most any challenging goals leading to higher personal confidence.


Key #1: Get involved

Learning information is not something that happens passively.  Active learning is necessary to achieve goals.  Active learning can take many forms, but the simplest is just to get involved.  Do something that is related to the goal you are attempting to achieve.  Read a book, watch a YouTube video, talk to a friend who has done it, just do something!  There are psychological theories and concepts that support the fact that one way to jump start the learning process is to just do something, no matter how small.


Key #2: Learn from every opportunity

Accomplishing goals is a process.  This process is not always easy, smooth and clearly marked.  There are pitfalls, dead ends, u-turns and all sorts of hardships.  The thing about hardships is that they are your best teachers.  They help you realize what to do by showing you what not to do.  They provide instant feedback about the process and learning from these hardships is the only way to be sure not to duplicate these hardships.  Writing down what you did, what you were thinking and why you did it and the results of what you did are important to learning from every opportunity.


Key #3: Focus, focus, focus

Achieving a goal necessarily requires a time period of extreme focus.  During this time, sacrifices are made to spend more time learning and perfecting.  Sometimes, this focused period is executed in an unhealthy manner.  Heightened levels of stress, lack of sleep, and long hours of work will take its toll, both physically and mentally causing one to be off-balance.  To focus properly one must have balance.  Maintaining focus is more about knowing when to take a break and for how long than putting all of your energy into a single goal.  With a balanced approach your ability to focus will increase allowing you to reach your goals more effectively.


Written by Jeffrey A., Novastar Prep Computer Science Coach


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