“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie
It seems like every year about this time we start setting “New Year’s Resolutions”.
This year I want to encourage you not to set any “Resolutions.” Instead, I want you to set audacious goals!
That’s right you heard me, AUDACIOUS goals. I want you to set goals that would make Bill Gates, Tony Robbins, Mark Zuckerberg, & even Donald Trump said, “Wow I wish I had goals that big!”
Here’s a couple of key reasons you should ditch the resolutions and go to big, huge, scary GOALS.
First, let’s start with how long do you stick with your resolutions? Resolutions are easier to break than a goal. A Goal is something that we work towards. Guess what if we don’t make it all the way to our goal then we are still further ahead than if we never started.
The second is that resolutions are usually not as specific as goals are. When we make a resolution to get into better shape, that’s awesome. But how long do you actually go to the gym, or workout at home? When we set a goal, we like to be able to do 50 pushups or 100 sit-ups or jog for 30 min straight. Then we are making more than a resolution. We are getting specific therefore making it easier to see our progress.
The third reason to ditch the resolution and switch to goals is that you hold yourself more accountable with a goal. When you head back to work the “water cooler” talk usually has everyone talking about their resolutions and how long they lasted.
Believe it, not hearing about how your peers didn’t hold their resolutions makes it easier for you to ditch yours too. Subconsciously, you are allowing yourself to drop the resolution because they did.
When you set goals instead your mind doesn’t link them not holding to their resolutions, because you don’t have a resolution, you have goals. In your mind goals are different than resolutions. Making it harder for you to quit early or give up.
Some tips to setting GREAT goals that you can actually achieve.
1) Don’t hesitate to set BIG, SCARY GOALS. If you don’t dream big you will never succeed BIG. Do you think that Steve Jobs thought that Apple would only have one product, the Mac Plus (an old desktop computer)? NO! He knew that Apple was going to grow. His vision was to bring creativity to the whole world.
2) Set Reward Levels. A reward level should be something that you can measure success off of. Let’s say that you want to lose 20 pounds. You need to give yourself something when you hit 5, 10, 15, 17.5, and 20.
Remember that what you give yourself shouldn’t be anything that will deter you from your ending point. Like giving yourself a cake for losing 5 pounds probably isn’t the best idea. Like giving yourself a 1-month vacation when you get 5 new customers. Those are more like end rewards.
Each reward you set should have a “prize” that is suitable for the accomplishment. A good example would be that when you hit 5 pounds you get to go out to buy a healthy lunch, 10 pounds would be you take 1 day off of exercise, 20 pounds could be that you reward yourself with a new bike (the one you wanted but could never bring yourself to buy).
By making rewards you are encouraging yourself to stay motivated and on track to success.
3) Tell the world about your goals! One of the best ways to stay motivated to achieve your goals is to tell others about them.
Let’s face it if no one knows about your goals then who will ever know if you don’t achieve them?
When you let others know about the goals you set and when you want to achieve them it will help to keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.
What I do is start by discussing all of my goals with my wife. Without your spouse, girlfriend, or significant other on board, you can be sure that you will never get off the start line of your goals. When you include them, then they are always the first ones there to help encourage you when you hit some rough waters.
Next, I tell my kids. You’d be surprised how helpful it is to hear, “daddy are we still going on that vacation when you hit 20 clients?” Or, “How many clients did you say the business had to have before we could go to Disney world?”
After that, I talk to my circle of influencers. When they know about it then you are sure to succeed. If you have a good circle they will make it their goal to help you get where you want to be. Your circle makes a HUGE difference in your success
4) Lastly, I tell the world through Social Media about my goals. Keep in mind that I hardly ever share my financial goals there but I do share many other goals. Usually, I share my BIG HUGE SCARY GOALS with the world because those are the ones that I need the most help with.
Well ladies and gents, that all for now. I hope that you take what you read here to heart and ditch those resolutions and start setting some AUDACIOUS GOALS!
Get out there and make a difference.
PS one of my biggest goals is to grow the reach of our brands and businesses to over 1 million people in the next 5 years. My reward is to take my entire family on a trip of a lifetime that all of them will enjoy. (I don’t know where yet, or what we will do, but when we get closer to that mark you can be sure that I will let you know!)
Email me with your biggest goals Dan@Eclispe-DOT.com