This year, more than ever, I’m focused on goal-setting. While 2015 was not the first time I’d set goals in my life and business, last year, for the first time, I truly implemented goal-setting that made a difference. My goals were Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time-Sensitive. They were based on S.M.A.R.T goals.
From my goal-setting re-evaluation, I discovered what I could have done better, and made some tweaks so that goal-achievement can be realized more fully in various areas of my life. One of the things my self-evaluation revealed is that while it’s great to have multiple goals, a much better strategy is to work on just ONE goal in any given area at a time.
Working on one goal at a time does not mean that you’ll discard the other goals, but create a Wish List so you can document those other goals and not lose them by confining them to a corner or your brain. When the time is right, and you’ve accomplished your current goal, or have brought it to a point where introducing something else will not be a distraction, you can set another goal from your list.
An exception to this (and there are always exceptions, right?) is that if there is one BIG goal that is going to extend over a longer period, say 9 to 12 months, that would not preclude you setting monthly, 90-day, or 6-month goals.
For example, while there are key goals I’ve set for shorter periods, like new products that include 4-week and 90-day programs, I have a huge goal for 2016, which is likely to take 9 – 12 months. Dare I say it? Yes, I will do as I teach – ‘share your goals with those who will support you,’ as I know you will.
My BIG goal for 2016 is to write a 100 page book (minimum) that revolves around one of my passions: Relationship Marketing. This will be completed within 8 months in order to leave time for editing, marketing and achieving Best Seller status by December 2016.
There are many of you who are brilliant at what you do in building business relationships, creating amazing customer experiences, and delivering superior customer service personally and in your business whom I’ll be reaching out to for interviews and case studies. I’ll be inviting you to share your brilliance with the world on a topic that affects everyone, either as a customer or a business owner.
Obstacles to Goal-Accomplishment
There are always things that will pop up to derail the achievement of your goals. Will you go over, under, around, or through the challenges? Will you view them as obstacles or as stepping stones?
Goal-Setting Motivational Quotes
The following are five quotations that will be placed around my office and strategic points around my home to keep me focused:
#1: “For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power.” Philippians 4:13
#2: “All our dreams can come true –if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
#3: “Persistence allows you to keep taking action even when you don’t feel motivated to do so, and therefore you keep accumulating results. Persistence will ultimately provide its own motivation. If you simply keep taking action, you’ll eventually get results, and results can be very motivating.” – Zig Ziglar
#4: “It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.” -Anthony Robbins
#5: “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.” – Norman Vincent Peale.
Now that I’ve shared my Big Hairy Audacious Goal, do I feel vulnerable? Yes, I do, but I’ve also made myself accountable to you, dear reader, to achieve the goal.
What are some quotations that keep you motivated? Please share at least one with us. And if you’d like to share one of your goals, that would be fantastic! We can hold each other accountable.
Thank you for reading.