When I was still employed in “Corporate Belgium”, one of my tasks as a tech support was to answer emails. My boss always gave me half a day to reply to several dozens of support mails. Since I was able to finish that task faster than a Cheetah can run, I usually spent the first 3h30 browsing the Internet and whatever to then answer all those emails in just 30mins.
Today, I’d fire myself for that kind of behavior. But that’s not my point here. My point is that the more time you have to finish a task, the longer it actually takes to finish it. If you’ve been a student, I’m confident you pulled an all nighter at least once. Fact is, unless something is urgent, the amount of time required to finish it will expand and it will take you forever to get it done.
The exact same thing happens when setting goals. You need to create a sense of urgency – deadlines. Set one big, yearly goal and then break it into smaller 3-month goals and monthly goals. These deadlines will create urgency, boost your motivation and propel you to take action so you achieve your goal.
This is one of the reasons why the guys who compete, like StrongLifts Member Jake who is shooting for a 1500lbs raw total on February 13th (he Squats over 500lbs already and he’s only 17y old), are usually doing better. The competition itself acts as big deadline which creates urgency and boosts motivation.
Remember, a goal without a deadline is just a dream.