Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Art of Goalsetting....and Achievement

The only way to reach a goal is to set a goal, but anyone can set goals. I could write down a list a mile long of "goals". I want to do all kinds of things and I want to have all kinds of things, but those aren't really goals.

My real goals are to build a highly successful business, pay off all of my credit card debt and move to Colorado. I can write them down and I can look at them every day, but those goals will never be achieved without a concrete plan. The plan is what will take you through everything you need to do to reach your goal. If you aren't willing to formulate a plan, then you really don't want to reach that goal as much as you think you want to...perhaps you should call that one a wish or a dream. I have lots and lots of those too.

I have a dream that I am wealthy and retired and driving around the country with Irv and the dogs in our big motor home. We have no where we have to be and an endless flow of cash. Is that a goal of mine? No. Would I love to be able to do that? Yep. That isn't to say that you can't work toward your dreams and make them a reality, but then I prefer to call them goals with plans attached.

I am not good at achieving my goals but that's because I never really understood what it took to achieve your goals. I've always had goals, but rarely if ever reached them.

If you look back at my goals, they are to build a highly successful business, pay off all of my credit card debt and move to Colorado. They are in that order because I probably will not achieve the last two without achieving the first one, and that is to build a highly successful business.

My goal for this year....and I only have one....is to build a highly successful business. That is my Step#1...coming up with a real goal. There are a lot of other things I would love to have or do...like go on vacation this summer, fix up the house and yard, get healthier.....and I may add other goals down the road, but right now it's all business.

So, do you have a goal or two or three for the new year? If so, what is the first thing you will do achieve that goal? I would love to know how you get started.

Tomorrow I will talk about "THE PLAN".


Mary said...

nice post! i am actually pretty good at achieving goals once i've set them. i've learned to be very specific in my goal setting and then in my planning. so, if i say i want to be successful in business, first i need to know exactly what i mean by that. what does it look like? how much profit will be a success for me? then i set a plan to achieve that. sometimes in the writing i realize i'm being unrealistic and i have to set a more realistic goal like this year i'm going to make this amount of money in my business ;-)
does that make sense? i'll actually be blogging about this next month....

good luck! sound like good goals to me!

Mary said...

LOL!! I just read your comment on my blog and had to laugh!!! Can't wait to see tomorrow's post!

Femin Susan said...

Absolutely fantastic post! Good job!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week……… You are Welcomed to my blog…….
" A Happy New Year''

LeelaBijou said...

Great post! Very inspiring.

Terri said...

Best of luck with your goals and I wish you a Happy New Year!!

aliceinparis said...

Great post!
Yes, planning goes a long way to helping us achieve our goals. Step by step they bring us closer.
I am still mulling over my goals for this year trying to figure out what I really want to achieve and how to do it.
Happy New Year!
Cheers, Shelagh xo

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