….It’s reaching goals that’s hard.
So why don’t more people at least get started setting a goal?
Sometimes it’s not even realizing change is possible; sometimes it’s just not knowing where to start….Usually it’s complacency.
They are doing what they know how to do, what they’ve always done, and are at least moderately satisfied with the results of the those efforts: In other words they are COMFORTABLE. Unfortunately a comfortable mindset is not the mindset of growth. The old axiom is very much true: Do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always got.
So how do you change can’t into can-do?
Set goals; then take steps to reach them.
Write Out Your Goals, define them in detail and keep them realistic.
Don’t just spout off “I want to be a millionaire!” because sure, it’s a goal, but it’s certainly not very realistic for most. A more realistic goal might be “I want to double my sales” or “I want to be a better leader”.
Create a Daily Plan of Action, this will help you take the steps to accomplishing your goals.
What are the things, no matter how small, that you can do every day that will push you in the right direction? If it’s doubling sales you might consider creating a daily marketing schedule, or if it’s “being a better leader” you might make an effort to read up on the topic every day.
Follow Your Action Plan, the hardest part of the process.
You’ve got a goal. You’ve got a plan…now all you have to do is follow it.
Unfortunately, that’s the hardest part. One good way to stay on track is to wake up every day and look at your goal in order to keep it in the forefront of your mind – write your goal down and hang it on the wall next to the mirror if need be; make it the foremost of your focus each morning. Regardless of anything else, at the end of each day take a moment to review your goals and really look at if you did all you could do to reach them. If not then you know where to start tomorrow.
Don’t Get Discouraged, change doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s easy to get discouraged. Making things happen can be hard, and it generally takes time and a lot of effort, so don’t get upset if you’re not doubling sales in the first week. Keep steady tabs on your progress, how you can improve, and consistently work towards that end.
You will not win all the time and that’s OK. In fact failing, when done with a goal you are trying to reach in mind , can be a great way to learn and grow so that your next attempt is successful.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee
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