"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."
--- Melody Beattie
Many of us use this time of year to set goals and plan, with great expectations, success in the coming year. If you read a lot of blogs like I do, you'll notice a great deal of hoopla about making New Year's resolutions, setting big hairy audacious goals (BHAG), and planning for fairy-tale success - YUCK! It is enough to make one believe that goals really work.
The fact is that goals are for wimps! What I mean by that is that setting goals, in writing, is a great way to gain traction toward success. Goals truly are for W.I.M.P.S.
"The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of lack of effort."
--- Michael Jordan
W: First goals are for Winners. A quick research of any of your business, government, or entertainment heroes reveals that they all set goals. From Abraham Lincoln, to Andrew Carnegie, to Jim Carey and many more in between set big goals. Then they wrote down guideposts that will help them along the way to reach those goals. Winners set goals.
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
--- Zig Ziglar
I: Goal-setters begin work immediately. There is little or no procrastination with people who set goals. Just jotting down a goal or two automatically gets the mind and body in gear toward achieving them. There is something magical about writing down goals that gets people off their duffs.
"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers."
--- Les Brown
M: Setting goals helps you to become a better mentor to those around you. People watch what you do, especially if you are in a position of leadership. They know if you set goals and strive to reach them or simply coast on past successes. As a person who sets goals, you are providing mentorship to others, if only from a distance.
"You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals."
--- George S. Patton
P: The "P" in Wimps is for Perseverance. The winners who are setting goals know that in order to reach them, they must persevere through all kinds of resistance: negative people, lack of energy, negative thoughts, market impact, and more. Staying the course is a trademark of successful goal-setters. They keep their goals on their bathroom mirrors, in their cars, at their desks and read them before they go to sleep at night. They are borderline fanatical about obtaining their goals.
"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."
--- James Cameron
S: Finally, people who set goals are ultimately successful. They may not be an instant success, but over time, through careful planning and steady plodding, they do reach success. They taste it and it tastes oh-so-good. They bask in their success, but only for a moment and then they are off to setting more goals.
Do yourself a favor this month. Set some goals - really big ones. Go ahead. Be a Wimp!
"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."
--- Denis Waitley