I want you to think about your success over the last 12 months. This assessment isn’t complicated. Just break down your life into two areas: Your work success and your personal success and think about your answer to these three questions:
Question 1: Over the last 12 months what was the most important thing you wanted to achieve in your personal life?
- Rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10, (1 is not even close and 10 is I blew it away)
- How did you do?
Question 2: Over the last 12 months what was the most important thing you wanted to achieve in your business life? On the same scale - how did you do?
Question 3: And Last question – why did you get these results?
That one will take some reflection. Now as we get started on this meaty topic, I want you to think about this question:
What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Goal setting is more than just thinking about and writing down goals. Goals without actions are just thoughts you have about what might happen. Writing goals with action items is a waste of time if you don’t commit to time frames. And ultimately you have to inspect what you expect. The joy of accomplishing goals is what will keep you moving forward. This course is about goal accomplishment and not just goal setting.
There are many wonderful books on the topic of setting goals and achieving your personal best and I hope you are reading them! We know that salespeople who accomplish their goals do these things consistently:
- Their goals are written down
- They have a time frame to achieve them
- Their goals are defined and measurable
- They have an accountability partner or a coach to keep them on track
- They set too many goals
- They stretch and set extraordinary, big hairy audacious goals
Mark Victor Hansen challenges people to write 100 goals so that you have more opportunity to announce VICTORY when you achieve a goal. And instead of just establishing reasonable goals make room for those that are extraordinary. All the resources you need to have an extraordinary life are available to each of us. Quoting Mark Victor Hansen again, “There is normally only one person between you and your greatest achievement.” YOU
Your success is really about you versus you. It has very little to do with your company’s strategies or the economy or the competition. This really is all about you and your desire and commitment to make your dreams, your plans come to fruition.
One of the challenges that people have when they attempt to write goals is a lack of process to create the plan. My suggestion now is for you to take out your calendar and identify at least two hours of time for writing out in detail your goals/your plan for the future.
OK, Remember the question - What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Keep these things in mind as you get started on your 100 goals.
There are no goals that are too small, too, large, too far out, etc. Don’t edit your thoughts – write down any and all goals that come to mind. Don’t limit yourself because you think a goal is too big, too foolish, not foolish or big enough.
Next go through your categories of life and begin writing those things that are in your head and on your heart – goals for family, community, spiritual, work of course, financial, fitness, things you want to have and want to do. Write them all down and remember – no self edits! Spend some time on this – don’t short cut it!
And keep in mind Steven Covey’s famous quote: Begin with the end in mind…