Everybody knows that we should all have goals.
What many people don’t know are the 6 key features of any goal that make it powerful enough to create results. I recently learned/was reminded about what I’m going to present to you from the likes of Bill Phillips, Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, and Zig Ziglar, four of the most successful men in business…anywhere. Below is a synthesis of their teachings on the process of goal setting and achieving. I hope you get as much from this as I have and that you begin to set and achieve the important goals in your life.
Step 1: Your goals MUST be written down.
In order for your goals to produce results, they must be written down. Just having them in your head is NOT good enough. Why? It is not good enough because it’s not real enough while it’s still just in your head. Also, chances are excellent that it’s not specific enough to be the basis of a plan. A goal that’s not specific is called a dream or a wish. Wishes only come true in fairy tales. Read what Darrin Clement, author of The Goal Triangle, has to say about written goals.
Which brings me to the next step.
Step 2: Your goals MUST be specific, affirmative and quantifiable.
In order for you to achieve your goals, they must be specific. It’s not enough to say, “I want to be successful.” You have to define success and claim success. You have to say, “I will be the CEO of a distribution company…” or “I will win a marathon…” or “I will retire at the age of 35…” If you can put a will statement in front of your desired state of being or in front of a future circumstance, that makes it powerful and specific enough to work. See what Bill Phillips has to say about being specific.
However, that’s still not all good enough. Because we are people and we almost always leave things to the last minute which is why…
Step 3: Your goals MUST have a time element attached to them.
You have to have a time limit attached to each goal. As you know, 80% of the work gets done in the last 20% of the time. Also, if you leave yourself the option to put it off, you almost always will. So, you have to say, “I will win a marathon by the end of the year…” or “by my 30th birthday…”. That way, you don’t let the procrastination bug bite you. See what Mr. Ziglar has to say on the matter.
Now that you have a specific, written goal with a timeline attached…
Step 4: You MUST have a plan to reach your goals.
Once you have the end result specified, written down and placed on the calendar, you have to account for the white space on the calendar between today and that day. You have to schedule all the benchmarks along the way that show progress. You have to plan in times to take stock and see how things are going. As you check, you will make changes to the plan and execute again. It won’t be an easy road to be sure but in order to be successful these things are necessary. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jack Canfield.
This may be simple but it won’t be easy. So put it in your head now that you will do what it takes to succeed.
Step 5: You MUST be willing to pay a price to reach your goals.
Anyone who has ever achieved greatness will tell you…successful people do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do. As I’ve always said, you can put up with a lot of crap if you know it’s coming and can brace for it. If you know you’re going to have to pay a price (you definitely will) and you decide that you’re willing to do whatever it takes, your goals are well within your reach. Mr. Canfield talks about this below.
Step 6: You MUST look at your goals EVERY day.
Keep your goals in front of you. Keep them on the front burner in your mind. If you do, you will better recognize the opportunities that arise every day to get you one step closer to your goal. As they say, out of sight out of mind. Now you know. Include all of these features to your list of goals or create one that’s been rolling around in your head up to now. If you don’t know how you will do this, just look around for ideas. They are everywhere. Below you will see one of those ideas. It’s called a dream board or a vision board. It works very well for many people. If you don’t have one, you might consider making one.
Thank you for spending some time with me today. I hope this helps you in your dreaming and goal setting processes. I look forward to hearing from you to see how things are coming in the months ahead. Until then…