The Importance of Reachable Goals


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During the month of January, there is often lots of talk about "goals". And while I'm a huge advocate for setting and working towards goals, I'm also very careful about the types of goals I set for myself.

I don't like to fail (no one does!) so while goals are supposed to challenge us and push us to be better, do better, work harder, etc. I still want my goals to be reachable.

Setting goals that are too lofty, too ambitious, or not realistic is a pretty good way to fail. And if you fail to reach your goals, you probably won't be extremely motivated to set new goals for yourself (believe me, I've been there before!)

The Snow-Ball effect:

If you regularly set smaller, reachable goals -- and then continue to achieve those goals -- you will be more confident, more productive, and much more likely to then go forward and set new goals. 

You should feel very motivated as you cross off your newly accomplished goals, and that motivation will help propel you to continue setting and achieving new (reachable) goals -- kind of like a snow-ball effect! 

Here's are a few reachable goals you might have in 2012:

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier to do ________________.
  • Get to work 15 minutes earlier to do ______________.
  • Take control of your email inbox {like fewer than 30 unread emails!}
  • Follow up with all new clients within _____ days.
  • De-clutter you work space at the end of each week.
  • Use some sort of daily planer or calendar to keep track of appointments.
  • Lose 2 lbs per month
  • Drink one extra glass of water each day
  • Walk 10-15 minutes 5 days a week {maybe on your lunch break}
  • Increase your revenue by _____%.
  • Decrease your expenses by _______%.
  • Gain _____ new clients.
  • Find one new way to promote your business and/or brand.
  • Join one new networking group {maybe you have to quit another group first}

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea!

One thing you might notice is that I was very specific with each one of the reachable goals above. I set a specific number, amount, or time frame for each goal -- which makes it very easy to monitor if you do or do not achieve your goals.

Obviously, you don't need to tackle every single goal in the month of January -- you might want to pick one each month -- but if you are diligent and continue to work towards each reachable goal, you'll have a huge list of accomplished goals by the end of the year! 

Achieving your huge goals:

So what if you have a huge goal that you want to accomplish?

We'll talk about that next week...



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