Do goals feel like they are always out of reach? Are you feeling frustrated because you just don’t seem to be advancing in life like you feel you should be? Are your peers outperforming you and you’re ready to get your competitive edge back? Setting goals the Zig Ziglar way could be what you need to kickstart your career or your life in general!
These seven basics will have you back in the game in no time at all:
1. Write down your goals.
Thinking about your goals is a good thing. Trying to implement the goals you’ve thought about is also a good thing. By writing down your goals, however, you’re creating a commitment to yourself to work on them because you’re creating a contract with yourself. You’re creating goal accountability!
2. Set a deadline.
When you set a goal, it’s easy to say you haven’t met it yet when there’s no deadline in place. People tend to work harder when a deadline approached then when they do if there isn’t a deadline at all, which means if you don’t set a deadline to reach the goal you’ve just written down, you’ll likely only work on it half-heartedly at best.
3. Limit your obstacles.
Have you ever been around someone who was constantly telling you to quit? Or is it difficult to represent a product because there just isn’t a market for you where you currently live? Limit your obstacles and you’ll have a better chance to achieve your goals because fewer things will be standing in your way.
4. List your skills and knowledge.
Goals need a specific set of skills. You need to identify the skills that you have and the knowledge you’ve already obtained so that you can know what sort of education you’ll need to advance to the next levels of goal achievement.
5. Identify allies.
People can achieve goals on their own, but goals are easier to achieve when there’s a little help along the way. Identify what help you might need to accomplish the goal you’ve written down and then seek out allies who can help you in these weak areas so that together, you can be strong!
6. Develop a plan of action.
Businesses succeed because they have a written plan of action that helps to guide them along their way. Goals are the same way, but many people don’t develop a plan of action that guides them toward final implementation of their goal. Decide what steps need to be taken, how you can take those steps, and soon enough you’ll be climbing up the stairwell of success!
7. Document the benefits you’ll get when achieving your goal.
This final step is all about the risk vs. reward of achievement. Your goals are going to ask you to take some risks, which means you’ll need to know if the final outcome is worth it. Document the benefits you expect to obtain when you achieve your goals and compare that to the risks you’ll need to take on during the achievement process. This will leave you better prepared and help you realize if a goal makes sense.
By planning out your goals and knowing ahead of time what the challenges are that you might face, you’ll be better equipped to meet the goals that will keep you competitive. Stop watching your peers pass you by! Use these tips from Zig Ziglar today so that tomorrow, you’ll be on the journey toward meeting every goal you set too!