6 Psychology-Based Techniques to Help You Reach Your Goals

You don’t need more time, just another perspective

Fleurine Tideman
Curious
Published in
9 min readMar 21, 2021

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Photo: Mathieu Stern / Unsplash

Everyone has goals. Those goals differ significantly, as some of us want to be CEO’s, some of us want to start our own companies, some of us just want to make a living from our passion. We all have different goals, and yet we all share in the drive to achieve those goals.

That’s where psychology enters the chat, as through studying and researching human behaviour, we can see what makes someone succeed and what makes someone fail. There are many shared traits familiar to successful people, and there are many techniques used in becoming this way. Here are six of the easiest, psychology-based hacks that can help you to reach your goals. They don’t require more time and effort, simply reframing the lens you use to view those goals. Let’s get started.

1. Be held accountable

We hate to be embarrassed. We hate for people to know about your failures or weaknesses. I’m not saying this is a good thing or a healthy way to look at things, but just that we can use this to our advantage when it comes to chasing our dreams.

Humans are social animals at their core, to the extent that social pressure can make the difference between a win or a loss. Consider football matches and how the home team is more likely to win, so they often give the other team perks to make up for it.

As terrifying as it is, you need to hold yourself accountable for your goals, or rather, you need other people to hold you responsible. What can this look like? You could sign a contract with someone stating what you aim to achieve and how you plan to get there. Or even just discuss your goals openly, post about them on social media or bring them into a conversation.

This could be your to-do list for a specific day (e.g. tweeting the word count you hope to hit) or regarding your overarching life goals. We don’t tell people about our goals in case we fail, so if we told them, we’d have no choice but to succeed.

Holding myself accountable on Twitter

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Fleurine Tideman
Curious

Freelance copywriter. SEO marketer. Aspiring novelist. Top Writer in Mental Health. Writing the articles I once needed. My newsletter: https://bit.ly/3FZCJJx