Goal setting is something that’s quite often missed due to the busy nature of our lives, but it can create focus and lead to massive positive change in your life. We often think about it at this time of the year, because people throw around the idea of the New Year’s resolution. However, this is nothing more than a notional way people feel good for a day or two before they go back to their old ways. Let’s get serious about something here. Personal and business goal setting is completely different and it’s an excellent way to create a positive and proactive start to the year.
I constantly develop new goals, work out what I need to do to achieve them, then go and make it happen! None of my goals have just magically happened. They have all required planning and taking action. If you have the drive and determination to do this, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life!
Over the years, I’ve worked with both kids and adults to help them create a vision for themselves through goal setting. What do they like to do? What do they love to do? What do they want to achieve? Where do they want to take their lives, their careers, their businesses? What’s their timeframe for each goal? Today? Next week? Next month? End of the year? Next five years? What actions are they going to have to take to achieve these goals?
I have to use a cliché here, but it is warranted. It’s often hard for people to see forest for the trees! People get so stuck in the noise of life. The more challenging and complex the goal, the more likely people are going to think it’s all too hard and just give up. People often don’t put things into perspective. Huge goals are awesome, but to achieve them, you need to take massive amounts of action. Goals without actions don’t actually achieve anything! One day I was at the supermarket and a rather over-weight guy was standing there complaining about how he couldn’t get fit, yet whilst standing and complaining, he was eating a pie and drinking a can of energy drink. This is typical of a lot of people because they want to achieve something, but they’re not willing to take any real action towards achieving it.
Similarly, new businesses are particularly vulnerable to this lack of direction and lack of appropriate action. Like the guy with energy drink, they want to achieve a goal of being ‘successful in business,’ but why so many businesses fail is that they don’t put in the action required to achieve their goal of ‘success,’ because they haven’t mapped out what that success looks like and what actions must be seriously taken to achieve it. Instead, all their energy is put into other time consuming activity just to maintain the status quo. However, when you set goals for yourself and your business and the pathway of actions to achieve these goals, you’ll see just how much more clarity of purpose you’ll have and this clarity fuels your drive and determination towards those goals.
You don’t have to wait for a set point in time either. Start today! You’ve got nothing to lose by doing it and it’s not going to cost you anything at all, but will deliver great long-term benefits. Once you start to truly think about what you want to achieve, break it down into smaller goals or milestones. You’ll find that you can achieve so much more. Here’s a simple guide to begin with:
1. What’s your goal? (Be specific)
2. What’s your timeframe? (Set a date)
3. What actions must you take to achieve this? (Again be specific)
I do this constantly throughout the year. Over the past twelve months, I’ve achieved 5 major business goals. However, I’m still working towards a number of others, as the actions that needed to be taken, had to be taken over a longer period of time. Don’t be afraid of long-term goals, these can produce the most reward, but they require planning and commitment. In addition to this, I’ve added more business and personal goals all along the way! One for me for the next twelve months is to be involved in another Australian feature film! The last one was an amazing fun experience and whilst for me this isn’t a business goal, it still contributes to the challenge and excitement of life.
Take some time right now to set goals for yourself. What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be in a month? In a year? In five years? What does that look like for you? What do you need to do to make it happen?
A very important part of this is to find some space where you can get some clarity. Where’s the best place is for you to think and reflect, that’s distraction free? Where do you have your best ideas? Where’s the best place for you to be inspired? Find it, go there and start setting out your goals.
Having a healthy and proactive mind goes hand in hand with having a healthy and positive life and it’s something that you can achieve. Now take the time, set some goals and have a wonderful, proactive and prosperous 2017!
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