Goal setting plays a vital part in both business and your personal life. If you have no goals you have no direction. Imagine taking the goal posts away in a football match… The players would have no clear direction to kick the ball. The same applies in your life and business.
Earlier last year (2014) I set myself a goal. It had been a long time since I owned a sports car and with me heading towards the big “40” I wanted to rekindle my youth and treat myself to something shiny and sporty. So, I set myself a goal of buying and owning a 370Z. The condition I set myself – I had to earn the money outright in order to get one.
So, what did this do? It gave me a desire to achieve this goal. It gave me something to work towards and to focus on. I mapped out a plan to achieve this goal and then got to work. Each and every morning when I turned on my computer I spent just 5 minutes looking at this car. I imagined what it would be like to pick it up and drive home. I imagined what it would feel like to pull it off my driveway on a warm summers day and take it out for a drive. This allowed me to get passionate not just about the car but also the “work” required in order to achieve this goal. After all it wasn’t going to earn itself. Within just 2-3 months I had made enough extra money to buy my 370Z outright.
By focusing on a goal it makes you enjoy the whole process so much more. Every day you get a step closer and the sense of “achievement” is amazing.
Here are a couple of photos of my “2014” goal.
The truth is that goal setting will help you strive for greatness and help you achieve bigger and better things in your life. Once you achieve one goal set another. After all why stop? As they say – a moving train is going places.
An important thing to remember when setting goals is “Do not make your goals too small”. By chasing easy goals you won’t push yourself hard enough. You won’t have the same desire to succeed and the excitement just won’t be there. Set big goals, push your limits and know that you can achieve them if you just take action. My 2015 goals have so far been MUCH bigger and guess what… I smashed them! If I can, so can you!