We know it's a good idea, but we don't always do it. Or we do a little bit... like set the goal, then keep doing the same things we've always done. And that's where we fall down.
Well it links back to my last article. We sideline the things that don't offer immediate gratification in place of those that do... something urgent, something we're good at, or something we want to experience and enjoy right now. Or we simply don't see the real benefit as a result of past experiences. We may have explored the 'what' with goal setting, but not the 'why' or the 'how'.
Setting a goal and having a clear focus is a great first step, but it's akin to a vision board. I'm not against vision boards and I know some people love them, but when it comes to your business, I'm not sure that relying on the laws of attraction is your best bet. Don't get me wrong, having a vision is important. Clearly defined goals are important. All I'm saying is, let's have a plan to get there.
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” - Joel Barker
Having a plan will provide a more direct path, greater motivation and a sense of achievement along the way. It also allows you to engage others with the goal. It provides you (and your team) with a roadmap. And when some of the tasks required to achieve that goal aren't all that enjoyable, a connection with the bigger picture (as well as the celebration of milestones) will help you maintain motivation and enjoy the process so much more.
Plus achieving a goal is a fleeting moment in time, usually replaced with the next goal. So don't set yourself up for a single moment of satisfaction. Enjoy the adventure.
7 steps to successful goal setting...
A few important notes on goal setting...
So if you need accountability, get in touch. Or perhaps you'd like help creating your plan? We have a number of support programs available to suit your individual needs. And if you're not sure you can afford the time right now, you may be interested in a recent post...
Procrastination... it's not your fault!
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