Achieve small goals by dreaming big
“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”Jim Rohn
When it comes to goal setting there is never a shortage of inspirational quotes or people coming up with a catchy sentence but often that’s where most people end. Setting moonshot goals with no structure to reach them is nothing more than setting a dream. So what can you do?
Below I’ve broken some key top tips on setting achievable goals and reaching them, doing the things that actually make a difference to your business.
Goals trigger your behaviour.
“Dreams without goals remain dreams”Denzel Washington
The clearer your goal is and the easier it is to focus on it. If your goal is to be rich by the end of the year it might be compelling but it’s not clear. Perhaps to re-word that you might think about why you want to have lots of income. Your new goal might be to have enough income to allow you to take Friday as a day of personal development, or to take flying lessons. Break down your long-term goal into a series of short-term goals and as you meet these goals you will feel achievement which will motivate you to keep pushing forwards.
Goals guide your focus.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”Dr. Suess
By setting goals and writing them down or drawing them and placing them where we can see them every day, we are giving ourselves direction. What do I mean? When we decide our own goals and know them well we give our attention a focus. This attention that we have for our goals now directs our behaviours. For example, if you’re goal is to run a half-marathon you will know that you need to build up to this distance. You might start looking up training plans, meal plans, best trainers to wear, etc. When you’ve done all of that you might download an app with audio coaching to talk you through your runs. You might even enlist the help of a friend or join a running group. All these behaviours came from that decision to run a half-marathon as a goal.
Goals sustain the momentum.
“When you find yourself in the thickness of pursuing a goal or dream, stop only to rest. Momentum builds success.”Suzy Kassem
It can be really hard to overcome the inertia that first sets in when facing a really big goal e.g. Build a company that employs people to do the accounting, marketing, sales, etc allowing you to focus on business development and innovation. Yet, if you break that long-term goal down into smaller goals e.g. create £3,500 a month retainer income so you can take on one employee, you can measure your progress and see your success. Peer coaching or mentoring has picked up in popularity and it’s easy to see why because they both focus on you improving and helping a peer to improve. If you find another professional that you know well, ask them to consider peer coaching with you. Accountability of sharing your goal and someone else asking what steps you’ve taken will help you sustain momentum.
Goals become your focus.
“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.”Venus Williams
When you’re setting your goals spend time thinking about what is important to you. I can’t overemphasise this enough but set goals that are SMART. Vague goals with no clear alignment to your future hopes and dreams are likely to be forgotten quickly. As you work towards these short-term goals you will be able to measure how well you are doing and get essential feedback on your progress. This feedback is quick, sometimes even instant, and the actions you take to highlight your strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to correct your course or reset your goal if required.
Goal setting feeds success.
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”Nelson Mandela
The goals that you set for yourself both long term and short term will feed your success. When you set SMART goals you are more likely to achieve them because they are specific and relevant. The act of setting these goals instils a belief in you that you can achieve it. Having your goals visible every day, whether written or a drawing will provide that daily reminder of what they are. This daily reminder will keep you focused, and your focus will become the goals. It comes full circle.
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