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具体性がカギ!新年の目標を達成するために Concreteness is the key! to achieve new year goals





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勝間 和代さんの本で読んだ内容で、以下の文書が私のお気に入りである。





As the new year approaches, we almost always come across topics related to this year's goals.

At the beginning of the year, I try to set some kind of goal with the thought that ``This is the year,'' but after a few months, it's a common pattern that the goal is a distant memory.

The more specific and detailed your goals are, the easier it is to achieve them.

For example, instead of saying, "I'm going to exercise this year," you might say, "I'll do 30 push-ups every day," "I'll jump rope 500 times every day," or "I'll walk at least 5,000 steps every day."

・It is better to say "memorize 3 new English words every day" than just "study English"

・ Instead of "writing a diary," try "writing one line in your diary every day."

・Rather than just "getting better at cooking," decide each time what dishes you want to make well and complete them one by one.

In order to set and stick to specific goals, you need to have the confidence that you can do it, so I think it's important to know about yourself.

I have tried "writing a diary" several times, but it never lasted more than a few days.

However, when I set a goal of writing one line in my diary every day, I found that writing one line didn't bother me so much, and I ended up continuing to do so for nearly three years.

Among the things I read in Kazuyo Katsuma's book, the following document is my favorite.

At McKinsey, we liken the state in which a problem remains vague to an "ocean," and the state in which it has been divided into specific parts to a "beaker of seawater." I was taught that "You can't boil the ocean, but you can boil seawater in a beaker."

That's certainly true; not being able to solve a problem is like trying to figure out how to boil an entire ocean. Scoop up some seawater in a beaker, divide it into small portions, and boil it.

Although the content is about problem solving, I believe it can also be applied to goal setting.

Rather than setting vague goals, by breaking them down into specific goals at the beginning of the year, you want to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the year.