Setting “goals” is a topic that many people talk about, both in a positive as well as a negative sense. Some people are goal maniacs and others think they are a waste of time. Me? I am somewhat different. I just care about one thing – results. Goals: write ’em down; don’t write ’em down, I don’t care. Just get them! Achieve them! Live them! That’s the only thing that should matter about goals, right?
If the only thing that matters is that we achieve our goals, then let’s talk about ways that will guarantee that we get our goals!
There’s such a way – and here it is:
Be realistic. Too many people get hyped up by people promising them the world and they set goals that simply aren’t realistic. Then they’re disappointed and decide that “goals” are bad. But wait a minute. Don’t I teach that anybody can achieve anything? Sort of. We have to be realistic. The best example is that a seven-foot center who plays basketball will never be a world champion jockey. A person who is five feet, two inches could be, given time. This is the difference between a realistic goal and one that isn’t. Take some time and set a realistic goal or goals. This will make your goals guaranteed from the get go!
Memorize your goals. Set them in stone in your mind. Know what they are. Prioritize them in order of importance and memorize them so that if anyone asked you, “What are your top seven goals?” you could answer immediately. This will embed the goals and the desired outcomes into your mind, which is the seed of action.
Visualize your goals. Some people are really into this. Others think it is total hooey. I am in the middle. I don’t think there’s anything “magical” about the visualization process, but I do think that taking some time to regularly envision your dream and goals is a great thing. It deepens your desire to get your goals. It puts you into a frame of mind where you operate in a peak state. So, don’t overdo it, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater either. Put your goals deep into your mind by visualizing them periodically.
Set time frames. Don’t let your goal be, “I want to lose twenty pounds.” Instead, let it be, “I want to lose twenty pounds in four months.” Again, a reminder to be realistic. But you can do wonders for your goal setting if you break your goals and put time frames on them. This gives it a sense of urgency. It makes it some thing you’re working “toward” rather than working “on.” In fact, I suggest setting long-range time frames, mid-range time frames, and short-range time frames.
Spend time and money on your goals. Realize that any goal worth achieving is worth spending your resources on, specifically time and money. Buy books, go to seminars, join associations, hire a coach, etc. Whatever you need to do to get your goals! Spending time and money will seed your dreams and you’ll reap the end result far beyond what you put into it. Big dreams have big costs, but even little dreams have a cost associated with them so count the cost.
Surround yourself with people who can propel you to your goals. Never underestimate the power of the people around you to either drag you down or lift you up. Poisonous people can destroy your goal by systematically draining you of your passion and desire and replacing it with total pessimism. Passionate and positive people can invigorate you with renewed energy and a mind set on the dream. Get around people who will energize you!
Act on your goals each and every day. Even if it’s just a small step, it will leave you closer to your goal each and every day. If you have a savings goal, set aside even one dollar a day. Take a jar and empty your change into it at the end of each day. If you want to write a book, write each day, if even just two paragraphs. Small, step-by-step actions will produce the goal. Guaranteed!
Be persistent. I have long said that if the three most important words in real estate are “location,” “location,” “location,” then the three most important words in getting what you desire are “persistence,” “persistence,” “persistence.” In fact, be tenaciously persistent. Be ruthlessly persistent. Look, there will be all sorts of barriers and obstacles you’ll have to overcome if you want to achieve your dream. Dreams don’t just roll over and die. You have to attack them. Go for it and don’t give up. They can, and will, be yours.
Can you get your goals – guaranteed? You bet you can. And you will, if you put into practice the above principles.
- Be realistic
- Memorize your goals
- Visualize your goals
- Set time frames
- Spend time and money on your goals
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Act on your goals every day
- Be persistent
You can get your goals. Guaranteed!
What helps you reach your goals?