The greatest benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving them. It’s the process that you must go through and the person you become in order to achieve your goal. – Jim Rohn
I have said before that we need to be more in love with the process than the prize.
The quote above from Jim Rohn illustrates why that is so important. If you are setting good goals, then you are forcing yourself to change in order to reach them. It isn’t that you have to become a new person, just better the person you are today.
If you have any goals, then you have intention to achieve them.
I want for you to have intention and expectation. The things we cover below are going to help with that. Let’s find success from the start.
The “I will” statement.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J Meyer
In On Goals: Part 1, I mentioned the “I will” statement. The simple step of adding “I will” to your goal statement adds a sense of accountability and responsibility.
Take your goal statement from:
– get 5000 subscribers to the podcast/email list
“I will earn 5000 subscribers to the podcast/email list”
In the next few weeks, we are going to discuss how to put that statement to even further use. For now, write out your “I will” statement on all of your goals.
Know the why behind the goal.
“Two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” – Simon Sinek
A large part of underachieving is not having or understanding a purpose. Simon Sinek wrote a book titled, “Start with why” which talks all about that very thing. You can check out a free copy of his audio book with my audible affiliate link (Costs you nothing extra).
I would love to see another upgrade to you goal statement by adding the “why” to the end. For example:
“I will earn 5000 subscribers to the podcast/email list because it will increase exposure to the content and help change more lives.”
Now when I sit down and review my goals I have increased my feeling toward it with commitment (I will) and purpose (the why). Imagine how much more powerful your own goals appear to you when you combine these small steps.
Put them on display
“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand.” – Chinese Proverb
You have to put your goals on display. I mentioned this briefly in the last article as well. You can’t just write them down and stick them in a drawer somewhere.
I strongly recommend you put your goals in a place that you will randomly bump into them. I write down my daily success goals on my mirror every day. My yearly goals are being hung in a frame on my wall.
I put a video together showing just how I did it. You can grab it by completing the form below.
Tell others your goals to keep you accountable!
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Steven R. Covey
We talked about the way deadlines may fail us and the primary reason is accountability. You may not need to share your action plan to achieve your goals but, share your goals list. Find someone you can be accountable to. I’ve shared mine with you for that exact reason.
Make sure your goals excite you!
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
Of all the reasons in the world to not achieve your goals, becoming bored with them is the worst. Perhaps the process isn’t exciting but the goal should be. You should be able to create something that you can pursue with enthusiasm because of either the process or the prize. It will change you; no need to worry about that. You can start with the expectation that things may get difficult or maybe not go your way. You can lose motivation over time. But, when you read that goal statement, you should feel or remember some excitement.
Michelangelo said, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
Set different types of goals!
“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” – Jim Rohn
In On Goals: Part 3 we are going to discuss several different types of goals. This won’t be the normal stuff like physical, financial, spiritual and the like. Instead, we are going to look at what goals may become.
We will discuss Habit goals, Productivity goals, Participation goals, and Achievement goals. Let’s look at the entire thing a little different and understand how those different types of goals work together and benefit your overall journey.
Plan your first step – micro-commitments
The secret to overcoming those big things is the little things. It’s in the micro-commitment. – Rashad Peasant
Yup, I quoted myself on that one.
No matter how large your goal may be, it is made up of smaller steps along the way. The infamous “How do you eat an elephant” question rings true. The problem with it is when we look at how large the goal is or how much the journey may suck at times, we give ourselves permission to quit.
Instead of being overwhelmed, find a micro-commitment. Find a way to commit to a small and painless part of achieving your goals.
I wrote an entire article on micro-comments so there is no need to rehash the entire thing in this article. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Break your goal down
More than just the micro-commitment, I want to show you how I take goals apart and place something in four areas; The goal, objectives, accountability, and responsibilities.
We will cover that in incredible detail in On Goals: Part 4. For now, consider those areas.
So for now…
I have considered all of these areas as a way to help set you up for success from the start. They are all things that I, too, execute for my own goals. I believe they are central to why I am able to set and achieve the things I desire.
The biggest and most difficult part is always going to be doing the work. You will change your goals based on the things you are willing to actively pursue. I have also learned that there are things that I am no longer willing to pursue.
Remember that desires aren’t goals. Desires are just things that you would like to see happen. Whereas, goals are things you are willing to actively pursue.
Keep working on your goals list. Apply some of the things we talked about in this article in preparation for part 3.
I would love to see them too if you’re ready to share. You can post in the comments, tweet me @rashadpleasant, or respond to the emails I send out to email them to me.
I hope this helps.
Let’s be better; together.