I've always been a goal person, and I've had some success and a lot of goal-failure, but like the old Zig Ziglar saying goes, "If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time." Goals are important, but I've seen a lot of my colleagues start out with goal-overload and then when they can't meet them, they quit.
So, like all things in life, goals must be manageable. Let me challenge you to look at your goals in a different way.
What three things would you like to accomplish this year?
What three things would you like to accomplish this year? Three is a simple number. It can be manageable, it is easy to keep track off, and if the goals are small, new goals can be added to bring the number back to three.
Maybe you could expand your marketing? How about learning a new language? Could you see yourself taking a class, teaching a class or designing a class? What about dollars and cents? What if you increased your bottom line? Would that mean more marketing? Would an assistant be a goal? Is there a possibility of expanding your business into a new market?
It might look something like this:
1. Take a class on marketing
2. Expand my marketing
3. Increase my bottom line
That might lead to:
1. Hire an assistant
2. Expand my marketing
3. Increase my business possibilities by expanding my business
That would be a good set of goals, right? Now, let's add three things:
What three things would you have to change to accomplish your three goals?
Change? Sure, life is full of opportunities to change. If you want to meet your goals, you may have to look at your current spending to find out where you're wasting money in your current marketing plan. If you're going to expand your marketing, you want to make sure the marketing you're going to is efficient. The class you took will help you know if you've been wasting money that has produced little results.
You might need to eat, exercise and sleep better to have more energy to accomplish your new goals. You may need to look at your time management to make sure time isn't getting away from you that could be better used. What three things would you have to change to meet your goals?
What three things would you be able to accomplish in your life if you met your goals and changed your life?
Would you take more vacations to reward yourself for meeting your goals? Could you expand your business into buying rental properties to create another stream of income? What about writing a book? Maybe you could fulfill a life-long dream to become an instructor. How about buying a second home as a retreat to keep your rest and energy up?
You see, the power of three can lead to a lot of success. Small bite-sized goals, similar sized changes and greater control over your life can be accomplished with these small steps. What three things would you like to accomplish this year?