Written by: Kraig Ware, VP of Commercial Growth
Why is it that some people just have goals and other’s obtain them? What if their secret to success is simple? It is…if you follow these 3 Steps.
Your goal is just a dream or vision if it isn’t written down. A written goal is like a destination that you want to go to; but, you haven’t been there before.
The power of a writing down your goals is bigger than you think. I read a great book by Tony J. Hughes called The Joshua Principle. It cited a study from a graduation class that only 3% of students had specific written goals at graduation. When these graduates were surveyed twenty years later, this minority (3%) made more money than the other 97% combined.
Step One is to write down your goals. Once that is completed, two things usually happen. One, the excitement will kick in and you will more than likely jump straight to Step Three and GO or two, you will do nothing at all. Don’t make these mistakes. To use a driving analogy, let’s say you are in your car and you want to get to a destination that you haven’t been to before. First, you would obtain a physical address and type it into your GPS or let Siri know where you wanted to go. To take some words from the group Clash, “Should I STAY or should I GO now?” What’s your answer:
So, your in your car, GPS set…what if you just sit there, engine running, with your car in park?
I realize that this doesn’t make any sense. But seriously, have you ever had a goal that you didn’t start to do what was necessary to obtain it? Today? 2017? 2016? 2015? 2014? If we’re honest with ourselves, it is no different than sitting in a running car, GPS set, and our gear in park.
Everything you need, just no driver.
Why do so many people veer off the course at this point and fail to obtain their goals?
To keep with the driving analogy. Now your car is in drive and you are making “progress” toward your destination (written goal). Once the destination (goal) is set, your GPS or mobile device is ready to give you directions, step by step, to your set destination (goal).
Perhaps, your car is out of line or doesn’t have enough gas…meaning, even though you are trying to drive toward your goal, which is commendable, your car keeps wanting to veer off course or worse yet, run out of gas. Your car needs a simple alignment and a full tank. In our case, we might need some time to think things out, create a detailed plan, and get some help, guidance, knowledge, or other resources to keep us from veering off course and stay aligned to our goal(s). Not only will it take less effort in the long run, it will get you there with less wear-and-tear on your car (you).
OK, so what is the Second Step?
In my opinion, failure is not a bad thing, at least an effort is being made to get to your goal. Failure is just one step towards your success. On top of that, valuable things will be learned along the way. I believe that we fall short of our goals because we leave out Step Two all to often.
Before you jump in the car and go, you need to do Step Two and ask yourself three questions: #1 Why? #2 When? #3 How?
These three questions are vital as they fuel your passion providing motivation (WHY), set a timeline/deadline (WHEN), and create a well thought out plan and/or establish needs/resources (HOW).
Don’t miss this…Step Two is the hardest and most important step.
Let’s keep with the driving analogy and set our destination(goal) for a new restaurant we have been wanting to try out. How could we fail at such a simple goal? Well…to keep things simple, perhaps you “really” aren’t hungry (WHY), or you missed your reservation time and they’re booked up when you arrive (WHEN), or you left the house without your wallet (HOW). All three areas (questions) need to be aligned for your goal(s) to be obtained.
These tips will help you on your current journey to obtain your goals. If you haven’t set your goals just yet, no worries. The great thing about setting written goals, they can be set at any time. It doesn’t have to be done when a new year arrives. If you want to make something better or obtain something great, take these three simple steps:
Step One – Write down your goal(s).
Step Two – Ask yourself/team three questions: Why? When? How?
Step Three – Go!
One last thought…nothing great really happens by accident or is going to show up at your doorstep. Extraordinary things, take extraordinary people, with extraordinary effort. We are all capable of being extraordinary, it’s a choice. Bottom line…the secret to success is you. Good luck!
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