Did you know that less than 3% of people have written goals? Why? Studies have shown that the most successful people are the ones who have specific, written goals. This is true in both your personal and your business life. Perhaps most people don't have written goals because they don't understand how to set and use them. Since setting goals is one of the most important keys to achieving business success, let's learn how to use them wisely.
Setting a goal is not like
a New Year's resolution. That is just a wish, an annual ritual we use to lull
ourselves into thinking next year will be different. But just wishing and
hoping for something isn't going to make it happen. You need to have a target
to shoot for and a plan to get there. That's where goal setting comes
When planning your goals, first establish the time frame. They could
be lifetime goals, 10 year, 5 year, 1 year, 6 month, 3 month, 1 month or weekly
goals. I have a 5 year plan and a yearly plan that I use to set up monthly
goals. I also have ongoing goals, such as exercising 3 - 5 times a
Be specific when you write your goals. Don't just write down "I
want to lose weight" or "I want to increase my client base." Write "I will lose 60 pounds by December 2013" or "I will have my new Training for Trainers website online by August 1, 2013" (which is actually MY newest goal!). Make sure your goal statement is positive. Don't
say, "I don't want to be fat." Say "I will be a healthy weight by July
2013." Instead of saying "I don't want a job" say "I will start a home business by January 1, 2014."
The achievement of a worthwhile goal can seem overwhelming at
first. The easiest way to proceed is to break your goal down into smaller steps.
Start with the first step then move onto the next. When making your plans, a
good way is to start is from the end part and work your way to the
Measure your progress. After you complete a step, check it off.
Watching steady progress is a good motivator. For example, while working
towards my weight loss goal, I can mark off milestones of 10 pounds or 20, 40,
and finally 60! Each day, as I build a page of my new website, I know I am one page closer to reaching my goal.
Don't be discouraged by setbacks. All successful people
experience setbacks, disappointments, and failure along the way. That's just
part of the process. That's part of learning. Many times these act as course
corrections to get you back on target.
There are several success
principles used in goal achievement. One is properly programming your mind. You
need to review your goal morning and at night before you go to bed. Have your
goal written on a 3 x 5 card so you can review during the day. At night, ask
your subconscious mind for solutions to problems, and methods or tools for
helping you achieve your goal.
Another important principle is that of
persistence. No one has enjoyed great achievement without persistence. Do
something everyday towards your goal. A day's action puts you one step closer to
your objective. Doing something everyday creates a momentum that is hard to
When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to think of
yourself as an unstoppable force moving relentlessly toward your objective.
Keep moving forward, one step at a time, and before you realize it, you will be
marking another goal as "Accomplished!".