When I started to build my affiliate marketing business with Wealthy Affiliate I learned why goal setting is important to success. I also learned that an average, safe goal is NOT going to produce the sense of urgency necessary for sustained effort.
Human nature seems to prefer the easy way of least resistance. One of the main reasons people don’t push themselves harder to reach a difficult goal is it makes them uncomfortable. Most individuals prefer the opposite: comfort, ease and familiarity.
Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.
Having a goal written down with a set date for accomplishment gives you something to plan and work for. The reason why written goals are important is that it becomes an external representation of our inner desires.
Having goals that you can focus on and visualize helps you better connect yourself with who you are as an individual, and gives you the motivational energy you need to work through periods where your focus inevitably starts to weaken.
Trying to reach a goal larger than you’re accustomed to may initially seem difficult or even impossible at first, but the rewards far, far outweigh the sacrifices.
Do You Belong To The 8 Percent?
Did you know that according to the University of Scranton a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them?
The 8 percent of goal-setters who do succeed are successful because deep down inside they WANT to achieve.
Most “motivational gurus” will tell you that setting goals is not just about the accomplishment itself.
It is about “becoming the person required to attain those goals.” along with combining the determination to achieve with clarity of mind while defining your ability to deliver value to others.
Goals provide clarity. It’s much easier to take the necessary action required when we have a clear vision. In order to acquire clarity of purpose YOU MUST WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN.
When you commit your goals to pen to paper, whatever is written becomes real. Writing down goals helps you define who you really are.
Writing Your Goals Down Is the First Step to Achieving Them
Writing goals down has tremendous psychological benefits. The 8 percent who succeed have made it a habit to write their goals down. They also have an internal compass that keeps them locked with unwavering focus until they reach the top of the mountain.
They have an attitude of “do whatever it takes” and “by any means necessary” that has become ingrained in them. Writing your goals down helps to build a relentless attitude that intimately motivates an individual from deep within.
This practice of writing down goals is not unheard of in the business community. In fact, some of the biggest entrepreneurial successes are very specific in the way in which they write their goals down.
Grant Cardone, best-selling author of The 10X Rule and self-made millionaire has a special habit: he writes his goals down twice a day — once in the morning, and then once again at night. He explains:
“I want to wake up to it. I want to go to sleep to it and I want to dream with it…I want to write my goals down before I go to sleep at night because they are important to me, they are valuable to me and I get to wake up to them again tomorrow.”
If, like Cardone, you want to start “stretching yourself beyond good and mediocre and average and the way everybody else thinks,” then project into your future. Just make sure you grab a pen first.
I personally use Grant Cardone’s 10X Planner. In my opinion, it’s the BEST goal planner on the market. It’s designed to be used as both a daily planner and as a journal, so you can do both in one book.
Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Having a goal in place sets a standard for your life going forward. It makes the destination clear. Even though the route or path you take may change, the objective has been determined.
For example, when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I set a goal of building a successful affiliate marketing business. Every step I wanted to achieve I made a point to write it down in my 10X Planner daily.
I journaled my progress every day so I could see what was working and what wasn’t. As I started to see actual progress, It became obvious to me that this goal setting stuff ACTUALLY WORKS! IT REALLY WORKS!
The goals you have can be compared to a lighthouse. A literal lighthouse can’t tell you where to go, but it can let you know where you should be.
Every step along the journey is part of the process. When daily action toward defined objectives happen, everything about your life improves. Your purposes are made clear and your confidence increases because you are producing.
Here are some questions to ask yourself: How determined am I to reach this particular goal? Am i willing to do whatever it takes on a daily basis to reach my goals?
What will my life look like once I complete the goal? Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifices? Will all the sacrifices I’ve made to reach this goal be worth it?
Use Goals to Understand Your Emotions
Here is an important point: The key to transforming your feelings into goals, and then your goals into actions is learning how to recognize your emotions.
It’s critical to pay attention to how you feel when you think or talk about your goals. What emotions are stirred up in you when you talk about your goals?
Don’t run and hide from your emotions – feel them, acknowledge them and make any necessary adjustments that will help you to move forward.
Taking the time to ponder your own emotions through goal setting gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself. Understanding yourself positions the mind to make better decisions.
Motivation from establishing clearly defined goals only takes you so far. It’s our habits that drive true performance. If you want to change your life, you must be intentional in building your daily habits.
Goals, when used correctly, create habits. Use your clearly defined goals to create habits and drive your motivation.
Good habits, when practiced consistently, serve to create routine, order and efficiency. Unfortunately bad habits have the opposite effect and can lock us into negative or rigid patterns of behavior that do not move us closer to our goals.
When I decided to develop good habits and practiced them consistently my entire life changed. Goals help you achieve your own personal success. Real success is knowing that no matter what happens tomorrow, you are determined to give your best today.
Goal Setting Promotes Self-Mastery
One important choice in life you have to make is how to handle personal failure and set-backs. When you are personally exposed because of failure or unexpected negative events, that is usually the time where fear and doubt creep in.
Since experiencing failure is a part of life, there will be times when you will not succeed and feel the sting of not reaching your goal.
You have the ability to overcome negative feelings associated with failure. Even without the ability to control every situation in your life, what you can control is your reaction to it.
Make the conscious decision now that you will control how you react to unexpected difficulties and setbacks.
How do you do that? Through Personal Development.
There is NO OTHER WAY. You MUST READ in order to reprogram your sub-conscious mind for success and to impress upon the conscious mind the need for daily improvement.
The late Jim Rohn made a statement years ago that made a tremendous difference in my thinking: “NOTHING in your life will change unless YOU change; NOTHING in your life will get better unless YOU get better.”
The video below is the best I’ve ever listened to explaining why we must have a daily program of personal development. You cannot finish this video and not be moved to make the necessary changes to reach your goals.
If you want to be successful in LIFE – Listen To This
It is an undeniable fact that the process of achieving goals builds strong character. By following the suggestions in this post, you will set yourself up to be among the “8 percent” who live successful lives because the take goal setting SERIOUSLY.
While the process of goal setting is important because it helps discover and identify what is truly important in your life, pursuing your goals is where the real character building takes place.
Continue to work to develop yourself as the type of person who can successfully achieve goals!
You Can Do This!