Goal setting is a crucial part of any path to something great or worth while.
But why do some people set and smash while others set and flounder?
It’s not only the act of setting the goal that is important. Anyone can do that. It’s easy just think of something you want right now that you don’t currently have and boom, you have a goal.
But setting a goal is suppose to be the catalyst for figuring out the action steps you need to take to get there.
Many of the books, podcasts, and articles I have read over the last year boil down to 2 strategies that these successful people employ:
1. Don’t set a wimpy goal, reach higher.
Think of a goal you would like to achieve, any goal – like sell 50,000 copies of your book in a year, do an unassisted chin up, or feel confident in on your next vacation. Then think just a little bit bigger. Instead of 50,000 copies – shoot for 100,000, appose to 1 chin up set a goal for 3, and maybe buy a itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini and promise you will get up when the all-inclusive hotel asks for volunteers for their dance off contest.
Why make a task that may already seem a little out of reach even that much bigger?
Because it makes you become more. If you stick with the mediocre, kinda playing it safe goal, you never will actually have to talk, research, take massive action, or become really anything extraordinary that would make a type of goal like that happen. You would hold back on networking, calling, and talking to people to sell those copies of books because 50,000 doesn’t seem as daunting. You may skip a few days, slack a little, and not really tighten your nutrition if you know you only had to hit 1 chin up by a certain date. And you may even put off exercising and eating healthy until a month before your vacation.
But if you over reach – set something that really makes you a little uncomfortable and scared THEN you really need to do shit and do it now. And even if you fall just a little short of 100,000 copies or do 2.2 chin ups that still is way better than the previous goal that you probably wasn’t as determined to hit
That’s where number 2 comes in.
2. Reverse engineer your goal.
Yeah setting a goal is great but the whole point of them is to make you take actual ACTION. If you never take action then setting that goal was actually useless.
A strong, uncomfortable goal should make you immediately start thinking of the action steps that need to be taken right now. You know exactly what step that needs and can be done right now, no more knowledge gathering or waiting for the “right time”. Then while you are taking immediate action you can start to reverse engineer your goal. This means you start at the end result then take 1 step back, what is that step that needs to be taken? Then another and another and another, until you are at where you are currently. Now you have a clear distinct map of the road, steps that need to be take, dates to hit each of them by, all leading to that end desired result.
And THAT is what makes goals so important. Not just having an idea to make wishes on when the clock turns 11:11, but a end point destination that allows you to have clear and distinct action steps. Without it – it would be like trying to navigate one side of the Atlantic Ocean to the other. Yeah you may probably get there or… somewhere, but it will take way too long, you’ll probably get extremely sun burnt, and wont be such a happy sailor when you finally arrive.
Quit wandering around aimlessly. Quit setting Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader goals that don’t ignite a fire within you. Quit shying away from doing the work and start taking action.
Barbells & broccoli,