I have often taken on a goal that was more than I could handle. I usually gave up on my dreams because the plan was too big and lacked focus and motivation. It became a big mountain that was impossible to climb on my own.
In situations like this, I want to share how groups are an excellent way to find motivation and focus on helping you achieve your goals. The joint motivation to reach a plan makes it easier to focus and ignore your struggles and discomfort on the journey.
How to find a group that supports your goals
There are a few things to consider when looking for a group to support your goals. First, make sure the group is supportive. Some groups may be very supportive on the surface, but when it comes down to it, they may not be beneficial.
One of my biggest goals was to finish college. It was challenging both financially, physically, and mentally, and I created impossible goals for myself based on impossible expectations. As a result, I burned out and took years of breaks from school. I don’t want to say I dropped out because I ended up taking different paths to my education in the interim. My final attempt at getting my degrees had me take a step back and look at how I had been taking on this epic task. I decided to reach out and just ask for help and give help. I didn’t think I had anything to offer anyone in the area of support. Still, at least I might be able to provide words of motivation.
During that effort, I found out that almost everyone had the same struggle. While not the same story as mine, I found that helping and receiving help allowed me to stay focused and motivated. I would often use my long list of breaks and failures from burnout to caution others not to follow the same path.
Make sure the group is conducive to your goals.
There I’m relatively active on Discord groups, and one of the most frustrating things is feeling lost in the crowd. Too many people in one space can feel overwhelming. It’s like there is no space to come out of my hermit shell because I think that everyone else has taken up all the room. Sometimes knowing your social bandwidth is essential for success. Or the opposite, where it is a small group, I feel I should be doing more. If your personality type is like mine, get nothing done because you’ve created more expectations outside your goals.
If the group is not focused on your goals, it may not be the best fit for you. Finally, make sure the group is size-appropriate. Joining a group that is too large or too small can be frustrating and unproductive.
I hope you enjoyed my tips on how groups can help you achieve your goals. This was inspired by WordPress prompt Peak. I tried to challenge myself and write more. It was a struggle to get to 500 words. I think I’ll stay within 100 to 300 words from now on. Baby steps.
Todays artwork was inspired by the idea of joining together to reach your goals.
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