Experience the power of written goals.
If you rubbed Aladdin’s lamp what wish would you ask for? If you could have anything, be anything or do anything, what would it be? If you knew you could not fail, what would you succeed at? If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist! Less than 5 percent of the population set goals in writing. Written goals produce better results than if goals are vaguely floating through your mind. Written goals are powerful roadmaps that can more easily lead you to the destination of your choice. Define what you want, in writing, giving thought and attention to all aspects of life such as health, business, relationships and recreation. Review them often.
Write down why
you want to achieve your goal.
Understanding the benefits you will receive from attaining your goal helps motivate you toward its fulfillment. To create the ongoing motivation that’s needed to get you past the challenges you will face, you need to have strong reasons why you want to do what you want to do. The question is: What will you get once you have reached your goal. What types of new things will you be able to enjoy as a result of the work and effort you’ve put forth.
Break goals into daily tasks.
The way to eat a dinosaur is one bite at time. The only way to climb a mountain is one step at a time. A great question to ask is, “What can I achieve in five minutes that will help me achieve my goal?” Search for small pockets of time you can use to accomplish your goals. Imagine what learning one new word each day would do to your vocabulary, or how making one extra phone call per day would increase your sales. Break it down to the point of ridiculous. This will help to get the ball rolling and give you the momentum to keeping going. Someday does not exist. Today is the only reality. Your life five years from today will be nothing more than the accumulation of all those days. And how you spend each one affects all others. Focus on breaking your goals down into manageable daily tasks. Use a calendar organizer to track the progress of your planning, tasking and achieving. This habit helps you understand that those who take on too much accomplish little.
Step outside of your comfort zone on a daily basis.
We like to do the same things over and over because we can predict the outcome; we can remain comfortable. However, attaining any worthwhile goal requires expanding your current comfort zone. Make more sales calls in a single day than you’ve done previously, ask that person for a date, push yourself to exercise three times a week, give a speech, attend a social engagement, introduce yourself to at least 10 people at the next business mixer. Whatever it is, step outside your box! Today, challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone.
Use dates and
While developing your list of goals make sure to attach timelines for their achievement. Transfer your goals into action steps that can be placed onto your daily task list based on priority. Small steps done over a period of time will lead to the achievement of huge goals. So, pick your dates and timelines to get goals and action items completed. Keep in mind that delays are not denials. It would be nice if all of our goals were completed on time. Many people give up when they are only steps away from their goal. We need to work vigilantly toward completions dates, but avoid wallowing in discouraging thoughts if the target date is not met. Evaluate your delay and then keep chipping away at the stone.
Post your goals where you can view them daily.
We get out of life what we most think about. That’s why it is crucial to post your goals where you can view them on a regular basis. It reminds you of what is really important to you in life. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day distractions of life. One incredible way to focus your thought-power is to place your goals in your office on the wall, in your garage on large poster paper, or on 3x5 cards you can put in your car or in your calendar organizer, post them as your screen saver. Reminding yourself of what you want is one of the best ways to get what you want.
Reward yourself upon the completion of goals.
The most powerful reinforcement is self-reinforcement. Every time you do something that moves you in the direction you want to go, you have to reinforce that behavior. Give yourself a pat on the back or tell yourself what a great job you are doing. Big or small, whenever you do something right, praise yourself, reward yourself. Remember to reward your self in the moment as well as delayed re-enforcement. Make a list of things you can reward yourself with as a result of your dedication and determination. You deserve the best, so why not work diligently in order to enjoy the many benefits you’ve earned. You have dozens of successes throughout a given day, so remember to be good to yourself!
Play the numbers game.
Sales are down when the sales department doesn’t talk to enough prospects. When sales are down by 50 percent it would be a good idea to prospect twice as many people. If your manuscript is being rejected then send it to another publisher until it is accepted. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, keep on prospecting, swinging, shooting, practicing and playing—and you’ll win.