Goal Setting – 101
Goal setting is the true secret to success in any area of life. However, while setting a goal might seem like a simple, straightforward thing to do, there are issues we have to deal with that we do not usually think about or of which we may not be aware.
Did you grow up hearing statements like these?
Don’t do that!
Don’t go there!
Do what you’re told!
You can’t have everything you want!
Statements like these take on a life of their own. These are verbal hauntings of the past which we heard over and over from grownups. When we are young we absorb information from everywhere and often times without a rational filter. Because of this, statements like these become part of our thinking… sort of like on auto-pilot. It is not a surprise that after years of this unfiltered wordage we lose track of our dreams and are led by what society expects of us. I have never been one to follow society’s lead. C’mon! Let’s be rebellious! Put an end to this ridiculous behavior and polish up those real desires and beliefs.
Setting Goals Require 3 Things
So, you probably have already figured out that setting goals is not an easy process, but you know why? Because you have got to remember three requirements before you move ahead:
1) You need to know exactly what you want
2) You must feel passionate about your goals
3) You need a solid, realistic plan of action.
These are the three elements which distinguish your goals from your dreams. You’re going to need my five step method to help you obtain the success you deserve despite any road blocks or challenges that may attempt to derail your train!
My Five Steps
Define Your Goal!
You will need to clarify your goal precisely. Once you have, what will achieving that goal really look like? How will achieving that goal feel to you? What will it sound like? Dig deep! Be as specific as you can in defining your end result. See the success in your mind. You will need a mental picture. Your success will depend on your clarity.
Pay The Price!
Success takes dedication, planning and effort. When you develop a complete set of plans something has to give in order for you to move toward realizing your goal. Are you prepared to pay that price? What is this “price”? Creating more success in your business may mean less time with your family or fewer social activities. It might actually cost more money. Just recognize that early and prepare for it.
Daily Goal Focus!
It’s obvious that you would want to achieve your goal as soon as possible. In order to do this you must have your goal targeted in your mindset. If you don’t, the old mental habits that have kept you from achieving your goal will continue to dominate. Post visuals where you can see them in your office, your car, etc. Re-commit to your goal every day or life will try to take over! Just stay on track and focus on your goal and your success.
Passion is powerful! It’s like a super-power when focusing on goals. Why passion? Because a huge number of studies have shown that intense emotion is a key success tool and passion is just such a tool. The super-power part will help you quickly discard any old failure messages stored in your subconscious. That is huge! Passionate mindset is what you need!
Actually taking action can be the most difficult step. Successful goal achievement is built by taking one small action step after another. Problem is most people get so exhausted developing goals that they neglect the action it takes to achieve them. There is no parade for developing goals. The parade is for successfully achieving goals. Take action and be consistent!
If you commit to take at least one small action each day, your actions will create momentum and make the difference. Don’t just sit there! You have the power to create whatever you want in your life. The secret is to determine exactly what you want, then pursue it passionately. Just remember that in the end, only action counts! Don’t just dream about it. Go out and be about it!