Are Your Goals Attainable?

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Reading a post by Grant Schneider, "Make a Resolution Like You Mean It"  reminds me of a story many years ago.  My story involved playing softball when we played on grade school ball fields.  We'd arrive early and warm up, spreading out al over the field.  The idea behind warming up helped us to play our best softball game for that day, or so it was supposed to accomplish that effort. Warming up was meant to beat the other team at our game that day.  Does this carry over into everyday life or work?  You bet it does.  

Summer of 1988

Thinking back to that specific year (out of the 25 I played) I remember the coach very well.  He was of small stature, but he had a seriousness about him that transfered to us during practice and the games.  Deep down I think he relished putting us through all kinds of Marine exercises. 

 

We were given a stapled set of pages with exercises on each page. 

 

 The methodology for the exercises was to start small, but working consistently adding an extra exercise each day.  By day number thirty, we were doing 30 mens pushups, 30 situps and many more exercises. 

The exercises worked very well and we were never sore but consistently built strength, meant to increase bat speed, agility,  and stamina. 

 

Grant's blog reminds me of that specific point in time because he begs the question are we setting goals that we can't keep?  Are we setting ourselves up to fail?  Are our goals too lofty to attain?  

 

Setting goals that are achievable and measurable is the be all end all for a feeling of measured success. If goals can be attained by achieving smaller goals first, then aren't the bigger goals more attainable?  

 

But how can we go about achieving larger goals?  Grant asks "Why" we are achieving those goals in each of his points.  What if you took the goal you want to accomplish and started backwards?

 

List the goal you want to accomplish, then write backwards what steps are necessary to accomplish that goal?  The smaller the steps/goals, maybe the goal would be easier to attain?

 

Example - you want to start working with a new CRM.  First you'd need to compare CRM's and learn of their strengths and weaknesses.  That seems like a length task.    Why not start by asking your peers on ActiveRain in the form of a question, "Which CRM's do you use and why?  What are their strengths and weaknesses?"  

 

By listing the question so that agents can answer each you've just accomplished a task that on your own would have taken much longer to accomplish to select a CRM.  

 

The same can be done with other products and services in your business.  

 

Another question for another goal might be , "Have you implemented a virtual assistant?  If so, what are the guidelines, strengths and weaknesses for using a virtual assistant and does this accomplish more for less $ ?"  

 

Now of course if it's personal, ActiveRain may not be the forum, but Facebook might.  You could use the same process to a group of well meaning friends versus the entire community.  

 

The reason for throwing questions out into the public eye is to encourage participation that might make you think differently on a topic.  How many times are you stuck on a topic or goal with no clear answer?  Are you stuck because you can't think of the steps involved to accomplish your goals?  

 

Are your Goals Attainable?  Or are they so large that they seem insurmountable and procrastination sets in?

 

 

 

 

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jan Green - Happy New Year! I start out witht the low hanging fruit and continually reassess my goals and how I am going to get there every month. I wish you much success this year. 

Jan 01, 2018 02:10 PM #3
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Hello Jan and Happy New Year Day,  I agree this one should be feature for others here in the rain.

 

Jan 01, 2018 02:15 PM #4
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Set your goals so they are attianable and then wen reached re-set the limits.

Jan 01, 2018 03:21 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall thank you for the compliment of a re-blog and for your comments!  Happy New Year to you as well! 

Jan 01, 2018 06:05 PM #6
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Yes it does Steffy Hristova !  I appreciate your feedback!

Jan 01, 2018 06:06 PM #7
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That's one way to get a lot accomplished Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  Happy New Year!

 

Jan 01, 2018 06:06 PM #8
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Thank you Will Hamm !  Appreciate your comments and compliment!

Jan 01, 2018 06:07 PM #9
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A reset is also a great idea William Feela !  Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2018 06:07 PM #10
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Good evening Jan - thanks so much for expanding and mentioning my blog.  You have made some good points.  Attainable is important not that it should not be a stretch.

Jan 01, 2018 07:10 PM #11
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Good morning, Jan Green I love this post... saw this on a reblog by Lottie.... I think all goals are attainable if you take them one step at a time.... and you have a plan to achieve the goal....hefty ones take longer.... 

Jan 02, 2018 03:55 AM #12
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You're welcome Grant Schneider !  You wrote a very well written post which brought this story to mind of how I was able to accomplish one personal goal MANY years ago!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

Jan 02, 2018 08:08 AM #13
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Glad you approve Barbara Todaro !  You're so right. I know you understand how to accomplish those big goals! 

Jan 02, 2018 08:08 AM #14
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I scaled this year's goal for business down vs. trying to strive for something unattainable.

Jan 02, 2018 04:08 PM #15
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Smart girl Chris Ann Cleland !  Needs to be something we can fathom accomplishing not a pie in the sky dream!  Happy New Yeare!

Jan 02, 2018 06:46 PM #16
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Goals are important to map out, but if they aren't attainable, it merely sets us  up for failure. Who needs that? You have given us a blueprint as to how to go about setting ourselves up for success. D 

Jan 07, 2018 12:59 PM #17
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Thank you for reading and commenting Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !  It's so easy to procrastinate and not accomplish our goals.  Planning helps get things accomplished.  I've used that technique many times in business and in my personal life.  Happy 2018 to you!

Jan 07, 2018 04:28 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jan what an awesome post, small steps will always get you further, one step at a time loved your push up analogy:)Endre

Jan 07, 2018 09:29 PM #19
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Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. !  I use this method in a lot of ways, personal and business.  And the fitness goals - same method!  Appreciate your comments :)

 

Jan 08, 2018 07:24 AM #20
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Jan Green - Your feature-worthy post (which I hope will be featured ASAP) is very well done. You had an excellent coach who taught you well and you remembered what you learned. It's no wonder you're a great Real Estate Agent today - you follow the rules and you succeed. 

I wish you the best always.

Jan 10, 2018 07:35 AM #21
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Thank you for stopping by  Patricia Feager  and thank you for your compliment.  I appreciate that.  We all have lessons that we've learned along the way, and great mentors, too.  Mentors have a way of sticking in your brain!  Hoping you have a great rest of your week!  

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