Goal Setting 101…an Abridged Lesson

Goal setting can be a powerful exercise to help bring dreams to fruition. This post is a quick read on goal setting and I recommend doing some additional reading, watching and studying on this topic…but don’t wait! You can start today if you have never done this exercise or if it has been longer than 12 months since you have done so. Reworking your goals on a regular basis, quarterly say is a great idea and reviewing them daily is vital to reaching your goals.

Brain Tracy is one of my top choices for goal setting;

Les Brown-

The late Jim Rohn-

Matt Morris-

Tony Robbins-

The great Zig Zigglar rounds out my top 6.

The basics of goal setting are to follow the S.M.A.R.T. system. Goals should be;

Time Bound

Your goals should also be in line with your values, otherwise you will be fighting an internal battle against your progress. Goals should also provide a big enough target in the future to march towards and incremental steps to complete along the way. Tony Robbins talks about “chunking” goals or breaking them down into more manageable tasks that can be completed along the way. We should have a Jim Collins BHAG!

Big Hairy Audacious Goal!

The Hedgehog Principle

We should have something that we are internally inspired by and when we can find that thing that allows us to do what we are good at, do what we love and can make money with it…we are golden! then we end up going to life everyday instead of getting up and going to work.

I don’t want to slow you down…so if you have not done so start with these steps and remember to sate everything in the positive and present tense. Example “I am 9% body fat”.

1) make a list of everything that you want to have in the next 1-3-5 years. You can string this out to 10-20 years if you would like. This can be material things; cars, boats, houses, organic make up (my wife loves that stuff!) etc. This is your FUN list.

2) make a list of everything you want to do in the next 1-3-5 years. You can string this out to 10-20 years if you would like. This can be travel, community service, start a family, own a company, positions in a company, learning to swing dance, cure cancer, personal, professional or a mix. Some people like to have different lists for personal and professional, I like to put them all together.

3) make a list of everything you want to be in the next 1-3-5 years. You can string this out to 10-20 years if you would like. This can be a professional tittle, a corrective exercise specialist, head stylist, set of traits that will help you succeed or more. Becoming more will allow us to do, have and help more! Here we can outline exactly what that is; More confident, leaner, stronger, a stirring public speaker, a great parent, a difference make in the community…it is endless!!!!

Start here and we can talk about breaking these goals down into more manageable steps another time. Take action…now!!

Eric Beard
CEO A-Team

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