A Harvard business study revealed 83% of people do not have goals. 14% have a plan in mind, but nothing written down; only 3% have goals written down.
The 14% with a plan are 10X more successful than those without goals.
The 3% with a written plan are 3X more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.
In short, if you want to succeed you need to give yourself a goal, write it down and commit to it.
It is January 2020, the start of a new year, in fact the start of a new decade; so what better time to set yourself a goal for the year.
Before you set your goal have a ‘brainstorming session’. Go for a walk, or sit down with a cup of tea and a blank piece of paper and ask yourself;
Once you have worked out your goal write it down. Write your goal in the present tense – it is more powerful to say ‘I am’ than ‘I will be’.
For example, your goal is to leave your 9-5 job and start your own business;
Don’t write ‘I want to leave my current job and start my own business’
Instead, ‘I am running my own business, I am my own boss’.
Make your goal specific, but don’t limit yourself. Use the SMART goal criteria to help you.
It is no use to write your goal down and stick it in a drawer, You must keep your goal in front of you daily. Write it down everyday, as by writing it continuously you will move towards your goal faster. When writing it down visualise your goal happening.
Visualisation is a powerful tool employed by some of the most successful people in all industries.
When Jim Carrey was a struggling actor he used to visualise himself as the greatest actor in the world. He wrote himself a cheque for 10 million dollars ‘for acting services rendered’ and dated it for 1994.
He kept the cheque in his wallet as a daily reminder of his goal; in 1994 Jim Carrey was paid 10 million dollars for his role in Dumb and Dumber.
To reach your end goal you will need an action plan, a series of short term and mid term smaller goals to help you move forward and track your progress. You could set weekly, monthly and quarterly goals that are easy to monitor. Don’t forget to celebrate the wins you have with these smaller goals. This will help build momentum towards achieving the long term goal.
However, remember that life is constantly changing and you will need to adapt to the unexpected things that will crop up over the year. Don’t become so inflexible in your plan that you find yourself unable to adapt. To help with this review your goals on a weekly and monthly basis. There will be a degree of ‘course correction’ required along the way. Don’t let this destabilise you – adjust your plans accordingly and don’t loose sight of what you are trying to achieve.