Coach is back with a brand new blog post! This time he’s discussing goal setting and how you can get back on track for 2012. Be sure to tell Coach your goals for the remainder of the year in the comments, and let’s have an explosive second half of 2012!
Journey back to New Year’s Eve. A typical scenario is at home with your family and kids, maybe some close friends. You share a nice dinner together for the last time that year. Then, you cuddle up on the couch. The fire cackles in the background as you sip coffee and reminisce about the previous year. You watch the coverage from New York City waiting anxiously for the ball to drop signifying the beginning of a new year. Then someone says it: My New Year’s resolution is…
So many times the end of that sentence will be to lose weight or make more money this year. Sometimes it will just be to have a good year. So, how’d you do this year? My guess would be that you may be a little behind or even given up all together on your goals. The reason is because you didn’t set clear enough goals that are measurable. If you want to lose weight, how much weight? If you want to make more money, how much money?
It is so important to set good goals for yourself that are stretchingly realistic and measurable. You don’t want to set a goal that is too easy, but yet you don’t want to set a goal that is too hard. You want to be in the middle somewhere that will push you to work a little bit harder.
Now, you might be wondering why Coach is talking about goals in July. Well, your goals help you to keep your drive. When things aren’t going the way you would like, think about your goal to get through it. You should always know what you’re working towards. Take a few minutes to evaluate your goals from New Year’s Eve. How can you make them measurable if they’re not? Were your goals too easy? Were they too hard? Now, let’s set some new goals for the remainder of the year. Here’s how I set my goals. I have a process that I follow in a specific order. It’s like in baseball; you wouldn’t try to score by running to third base from home plate.
To score a run, you start by running to first base. First base is where you will take inventory of where you’re at in your life. For example, you can look at where you are financially and decide on where you want to be next year. Don’t just say that you would like to do better next year. Decide on a specific number based on what you had done last year and make it a little higher than what you think you could do this year.
If you’re broke right now, set a goal to make $50,000. If you are making a substantial amount of money, try to double or triple it. There is a psychological advantage of having an actual number for your mind to grasp and actively work towards. Your mind doesn’t grasp, “I want to make more money.” Start making and saving money to reach your goals with a specific number in mind.
Once you’ve rounded first base, the next thing to do is decide on a plan of action. What are you going to do to reach your goal? You have to be willing to pay the price. You need to decide how much you are willing to give up for your goal and what it will take to reach it.
Once you’ve rounded second and are sprinting to third, you have to establish a date. That’s another reason why I love to set goals at the beginning of the year. The date for the end of my goals is at the end of that year. I also establish check points through out the year to make sure I’m on pace to hit my goal at the end of the year. I like to look at progress monthly. This way I can see precisely that I’m on track or if I need to pick it up a little bit. Put together your plan for the remainder of the year, and then carry it out.
As the Coach is waving you towards home plate, write down your goals and share them with other people. Don’t rely on your memory. That will give you mushy goals. It makes it really easy to let yourself off the hook. Write them down and stick them all over your house. Write one on a 3×5 index card to carry around in your pocket, one to put on your bathroom mirror and one for your fridge. Writing your goals down will keep you accountable and will also be a driving force to help you reach your goals. Whenever something doesn’t quite go your way, you can look at that piece of paper and refocus. The little junk in your life will not be a factor because you are actively pursuing your goals and won’t have time to worry about it.
If you will run the bases correctly, you will score. Each year that you score, you will be working towards your larger goal of winning the game: the game of finding success! ~ Coach
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