Lately I have been on the theme of goal setting!
Honestly, this is a great time of year to do a quick check in with yourself and see how those goals you set forth in the beginning of the year are shaping up as we get ready to enter the 4th quarter.
Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun!
“A goal is dream with a deadline” ~ Napoleon Hill
I just love this quote from Napoleon Hill because it rings so true for me as well as hundreds of my clients.
Here’s the thing, if want to turn those dreams and desires into reality for us we need to set goals and we need to set achievable and attainable goals.
And of course, we want to have a system in place that allows us to reach those goals every time we set them.
I am actually talking about this in three of my training programs that are currently running right now because honestly, if you don’t know how to set SMART goals and reach them you are dead in the water.
The other thing is you want to learn how to do this in a way that is in alignment with what you really want life and your business, so its super important to have a vision that goes along with those “goals”.
In addition, you don’t want these “goals” to take over your life, after all, you are in business to create more freedom in your life not have it suck the life out of you. Trust me, I sure do know a thing or two about that but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, the point is if you want to reach your goals in a reasonable amount of time you want to learn how to strategically use your calendar as a tool to help you achieve those goals.
As I said, this is something that I am teaching in depth my clients right now and it’s so important that I want to make these modules available to you as well. More about that in a moment, but I want to give you some pointers to get you started with goal setting and strategic planning and calendaring.
1 – Be clear on what your goal is and why you want to achieve it (seriously, the why is so important to YOU achieving your goal) :-)
2 – Set yourself up for success so that you have a fighting chance to reach your goals, ie. you gotta have a plan to get to where you want to go. Click here for a little cheat sheet to help you do that.
3 – Use your calendar as a strategic tool. In order to do that the first step is to have your plan for the next 90 days then break that into smaller chunks and smaller chunks and calendar what needs to be done.
There really is an art to doing this which is why it’s something that I teach in depth. Right now, you can gain instant access to this system as well as the goal setting system so that you can really get yourself on track and on target before the end of the year. Just go here to learn more: http://rockyourgrowth.com/plan
If you want to grab your 9 Simple Steps to Create a Plan of Action Cheat sheet you can do that here!
A bold decision is made up of two words. The first word is bold. This means that it should be daring, confident, and purposeful. The second word is decision. This means that it should be a deliberate act born of sound judgment or provide an adequate conclusion. Both words when taken together naturally mean that whatever action is to be taken must have a purpose and an impact.
This article will discuss 3 steps by which you can make any decision, a bold one! Just to be clear, this is NOT an above the clouds discussion that is more theoretical than practical. This article will provide simple but effective methods of making waves in the realm of decision making.
Step 1: Due Diligence
Any decision to be worth implementing must have been weighed down with research, research, and more research. You need to know everything about anything that is proximate and relevant to your cause. Remember, there is a thin line between due diligence and dilly dallying. The former means the proper utilization of time in order to come up with relevant information on specific points within a deadline. The latter means floundering about and taking too much time to come to a decision. Take heed, even the boldest decision may become just a footnote on another person’s prior achievement. Tips:
- make an outline and stick to it
- create a draft
- have enough time to make updates and/or edits
Step 2: The Devil Is in the Details
After your initial research, the next task is to implement your decision. Remember, a decision that is not implemented is either confined to the realm of your thoughts or is a mere scrap of paper. In other words, you should pay special attention to your plan of attack; make sure that it is not only good on paper or on theory, but also practicable. Tip: a checklist would be very helpful in this juncture.
Step 3: Follow Thru
A decision that is not seen to the end, no matter how brilliant it might be, cannot be considered a “decision”, much less be considered “bold”. Remember, some of the boldest and most successful ideas did not reach its full potential overnight. A bold decision is like a camp fire, it starts small. If it is nurtured then it becomes a big blaze which can be self sufficient and hungry for more. If it is left to its own devices prematurely, it will smolder and die.
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If you are running a business, then you know how important it is to effectively manage your time and avoid missing deadlines in achieving success.
Effective time management works in ensuring that your business stays on top despite fierce competition because it allows you to quickly complete your tasks.
Being able to do a lot of things in a single day allows you to enjoy a more productive workplace which is extremely useful when attempting to receive your desired level of profit and improve the performance of your business. The following are just three of the many tips that you can use in effectively managing your time and in preventing yourself from missing deadlines:
1. Organize everything.
You have to start creating a list of all your daily tasks so you will have an easier time completing them. If you have a list, then you can easily concentrate on completing all of your tasks. It is advisable for you to place it in front of you so you will feel extremely satisfied as soon as you mark a certain task complete. Another tip is to clear your desk or workspace from any clutter. If possible, begin your day and end it with a clear and clean workspace. You should also consider clearing out your inboxes. This will free you from stress, thereby allowing you to work with less hassle.
2. Set a time frame.
Setting a time frame is also a major help if you are planning to get a lot of things done within just a short period of time. You can expect this tip to be extremely useful for you especially if you are one of those who wish to prevent the risk of missing any deadlines. What you need to do is to figure out the specific number of hours or days required to complete a certain task. Include this in your list so you will be able to easily keep track of your progress and complete the task within the specified deadline.
3. Plan what you need to do the next day.
If you are running a business, then there is a great possibility that you deal with an extremely hectic schedule so planning what you need to do the following day can definitely help you out. By knowing exactly what you need to do the next day, you will be able to easily budget your time so meeting deadlines will no longer become impossible.
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Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.
This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.
Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things you know you can do. Under another header, write the things you might be able to do.. And under one more, list the things that that are impossible for you to do.
Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things you know you can do. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads you might be able to do.
As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are “impossible for you to do to the list of things you might be able to do.
As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.
You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.
Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain” That is as true as it can be.
So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.
When I first start working with someone, typically, the only thing on their calendar is appointments—doctor’s appointments, personal appointments and appointments to meet with their existing clients—all of them important, but there’s nothing on that calendar that’s going to grow their business. We need to make sure that we are putting the important tasks on our calendar that will actually help us to reach our goals, if its not on the calendar, it likely will not get done.
Your calendar can be used as a tool, a system that will allow you to achieve your business objectives. If we look at it like that, and go through this specific process of strategic calendaring, you can use your time more effectively and reach your goals faster.
Think about the last time you set a goal, did you achieve the goal? If not, why not? Did you put it on your calendar? If you didn’t, chances are you did not reach your goal and not using your calendar strategically is a big part of the reason why. If its not on the calendar it doesn’t get done.
When you do strategic calendaring, first you decide on your goals, what do you want to achieve over the next year—not “I’m going to do this tomorrow.”
Think about what you are doing beforehand, ideally you know what you are doing 90 days in advance. You don’t want to be thinking about what you need to do to reach the goals you set out for the quarter 2 weeks before the end of the quarter, that is stressful and unproductive.
Often, business owners take action in a reactive way, “Oh, my eZine’s supposed to go out tomorrow, I guess I better write it now.” Or “Oh, I don’t have enough clients, I guess I’d better make sales calls today.” You want to be thinking about these activities, the tasks that will help you to achieve your goal, way in advance so know what you need to do by when.
If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t get done, so if you don’t use your calendar properly in your business, you won’t reach your goals.
Once your goals are identified, determine how you will achieve those goals; what actions do you need to take.
The first step is to look at how much money do you want to make over the next year, what business goals do you want to accomplish. Once you know what goals you want to accomplish for the year, look at what goals you need to accomplish in the next 90 days that will lead you towards the goals over the next year. Once you know what you need to do in those 90 days you look at what you need to do in the next 90 days, and the next 90 days and the next 90 days until you are at the point of the year and you are able to reach your goals.
In order to look at strategically planning out the next 90 days you want to break this down by the month, then by the week then by the day, start at the biggest goals, start at the furthest point in time and walk backwards from there. What do you need to do in order to achieve those goals in the next 90 days.
Want some help reaching your goals? You need to create a system, this is something that I teach in my 7 week virtual training course, you can learn more about that here.
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4th quarter is just around the corner and the kids are either back in school or will be any day now. This is the perfect time of year to kick things into high gear and start looking at and re-accessing your goals you set out in the beginning of the year.
How close are you to achieving those goals? Are you on target or do you need to re-focus and re-commit to what you are doing?
If you are on track, awesome, congratulations, perhaps its time to raise the bar so to speak and see what else is possible?
If you are not on track don’t worry about it and beat yourself up too much it happens to the best of us. :) It just means its time to re-focus your efforts, just follow my easy 2 step formula below:
1- Look at your goals – It’s really hard to reach a goal when you are not clear what it is in the first place, just saying. :) Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- What do I really want to achieve, in the next 30, 60, 90 days?
- How much money do I want to make and why. The why is important here because without the why you will likely not achieve your goals because it is not tied to anything, it does not mean anything to you, you have no sense of urgency.
2 – Know what you need to do – Now that you know what you want to achieve, ie, how much money you want to make you need to know what you need to do in order to create the result you are looking for. Let’s say for example you are in the service based industry and you want to earn $10,000 in the next 2 weeks, in order to reach this goal you would need to know how many people you need to talk to based on your current closing rate and you would need to put a plan in place in order to be able to talk to these folks.
3 – Map it out on your calendar – Once you know what it is you want to create and why you want to create it and you know what you need to do you want to next map this out on your calendar. Let’s go back to the example we talked about in #2, you want to create $10k in the next two weeks, from this step you also know how many people you need to talk to and what strategy you are going to use to get in front of these people. You can now add this to your calendar based on the amount of time you need to conduct the strategy, have the sales calls, bring the new client on board, etc. Not only does adding these activities to the calendar help keep you accountable you also know if reaching your goals is achievable, if its not based on the amount of time go back to # 2 adjust the strategy.
That’s it, really simple yet very profound, try it out over the next 30 days and see how much easier it is to achieve your goals.
I’d love to hear from you, comment below and let me know what your goals are :) Something amazing happens when you make a declaration publicly!