Setting goals is one of several ingredients required for success, especially entrepreneurial success. In fact, setting goals is the most important ingredient, because if you do not have goals, none of the other ingredients do anything for you. You are like a ship without a rudder riding through the Carribean during hurricane season if you do not have goals. You may have all the drive, all the tools, a vehicle, but without a rudder, you are bound to capsize and sink.
So, with that being said, I find it amazing that there are people out there who set these great and lofty goals, but they don’t write them down. Here is the most important ingredient in in your future success and you don’t even write them down and you wonder why you are struggling to be successful. I don’t get it…..
The term “Unwritten Goals” is synonymous with “Fake Goals”. If you have a whole bunch of goals, and none of them are written down, then you don’t have goals. Plain and simple. You are a ship without a rudder in the Carribean.
Now that I have likely overemphasized the point of writing goals down, we need to know how to set goals the right way, and take action. Forget about S.M.A.R.T. goals. B.E.S.T. goals is where it’s at! Yes, I know, I am borrowing S and T from S.M.A.R.T., but I promise to give them back…..
Goals need to be
When you set goals, you need to be able to believe that you have the ability to accomplish them. Do you not feel very confident that you can accomplish them? Many experts would tell you that you need to lower your goals to and make them more “achievable”.
HOGWASH! That’s what mediocre people do, I have a better idea.
Work on raising your belief and confidence in yourself instead. Realize that you are far more capable than you realize to achieve great things in life.
How do you raise your belief in yourself?
First, determine why you don’t feel confident that you can achieve a specific goal.
Second, determine what you need to do to raise your confidence in that area. If you feel that your are lacking certain skills, you can work on them and become strong in those skills. This should probably be a goal you should add to your existing list of goals.
Once you raise your belief level, you can write down more lofty goals and you will have the belief and confidence you need to achieve them. You can keep doing this over and over again until you have the confidence to shoot for the stars.
Your goals need to excite you, and I mean really excite you! The problem I have with the S.M.A.R.T. goal system is that it makes goal setting really dull and unmotivating. It’s also limiting.
What do you think Thomas Edison would have done if he only wrote down goals that were achievable? Do you think he would have invented the light bulb? Hell no! Thomas Edison made a goal to create the impossible, a light that did not require the use of a candlestick and a match. People of his day thought he was NUTS! Edison expanded his belief and confidence in himself and made a goal that was “unachievable”, except he actually achieved it.
How much money do you want to make? Do you want to make an extra “achievable” monthly income of $800 from your online business? Or do you want to make the seemingly impossible $800,000 per month? Both are achievable, but will likely need to increase your belief in yourself to achieve the latter. Here’s a start to increasing your belief. There are people making that much money online today, the question is, do you want to be one of them?
There’s a saying I once heard from a top Network Marketer:
“If you shoot for the clouds, you will find yourself on the ground, if you shoot for the stars, you will land on the clouds”
Shoot higher than what you believe you can achieve, and raise your belief in yourself.
It’s never enough to just say “I want to make a lot of money in 2018”. How much money do you want to make in 2018?
You need to come up with an actual figure. But, remember to choose an amount that excites you, one that is above your current belief system and then increase your belief enough to reach that number.
Once you have written down that number, you need to keep it with you. Refer to your list of goals often. The more you think about your specific goals, the more you will take the necessary actions that are necessary to achieve your goal.
Your goals need to be timed out. If you have a specific goal to make $300,000 in your online business this year, you need to determine by what time you want to accomplish this goal. I always recommend giving your self a 3 month buffer. If you want to make $300,000 this year, set a goal to have it accomplished by the 1st of October. This way if you fall short, you still have 3 more months to fill in the gap.
You also need to set smaller monthly goals that will lead up to your bigger main goal. Then break these monthly goals down into weekly and daily goals. Accomplishing your daily goals will propel you to achieve your weekly goals. Achieving your weekly goals will propel you to achieve your monthly goals. Monthly goals will help you achieve your yearly goals. Finally, achieving your yearly goals will propel you to achieve your lifetime goals.
Having specific and timed goals will allow you to create a plan of action and steps that you can follow to achieve your goals. Your plan of action should be a changable and alterable plan that you can adjust and tweek as needed.
Remember, remember, to write down your goals. Even following the B.E.S.T goal strategy will do you no good at all if you do not write down your goals.
Let me know what you think. Do you agree? Do you have your own way of making goals that’s different? Please comment below:
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