If you are planning for success, by now you must have read fairly extensively that you need a goal to aim for – also called your WHY.
If you don’t have a big goal, start right away by writing down what you want. Be like a kid with no barriers, and come up with 100 different ones. Put them into one of these different timeframes: short, medium and long term.
Short term is up to 6 months, Medium term is up to 24 months and long term is up to 5 years.
To also help you, think of various categories for your goals – business and work, health, finances, spiritual, relationships & charity.
Now whittle the list down to the 5 most important in each timeframe. From this list of 5, bring it down to the most important in each time frame. You may find they are linked or not, but each goal will be of great importance to you.
At the end of the exercise, you will have a big juicy goal, which is usually the long term goal.
Now you have a goal, draw up a plan of action towards it and start DOING! Without action, your goal remains a dream.
Your goal(s) must be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely (have a time limit). By simply doing the exercise with these steps, you will have something to work with.
Don’t play safe by having an easily attainable goal – let it stretch you – it should both excite and scare you at the same time. And if you add a touch of pain (your goal is moving away from a situation you would rather not be in, even better!
Share your goals with as many people as you can – once you put it out there, you have no choice but to get on with it. You’ve made a commitment!
One of my goals is to “go big or go home” online – I’m building my online presence and involved in online marketing and success coaching.
How are you planning for success? I’d love to hear about your goals – leave them in the comments below.
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Thanks – I’m in the process of longer articles towards the end of the year.
Watch out for them!