You can’t become successful without setting your goals! It’s as simple as that.
And by that I don’t mean goals in the back of his head.
I mean written goals and objectives.
There are 3 main types of goals for me: short term, medium term and life term. I usually set my short terms to 1 or 2 months, medium terms between 2 and 5 years, and life terms to where I want to be when I’ll be ending my life.
I know this can look a little fishy to setup goals so far in the future, but what is the best way to keep heading the right direction than aiming for a given spot?
Let me explain why it’s important to differentiate various time frames in your goals. Let’s say I would be starting my online business today. And my ultimate goal would be to earn $100,000 in a year. If I start by making $1 each day, this goal looks almost impossible to achieve because it’s way too far from the actual reality of my business.
Now, what if my goal is to make $274 each day? Doesn’t it look more do-able to you?
This number: 274 is not coming out of the blue. Actually if I make $274 each day for the upcoming year, I will have earned more than $100,000! You can verify, but 274×365=100,010…
Now you may begin to see what my point is. I’m used to calling it goal relativity. If you bring your numbers to a more realistic goal, everything seems a lot easier to achieve.
A step that you shouldn’t skip is writing your goals on a sheet of paper and have them taped on the wall near your computer screen. You should keep them in your mind at least every minute when you’re sitting at your desk. This will be your motivation! Never lose the focus on what you want to achieve. This is fuel for success.
Above my desk, I have this sheet of paper, I have written 3 numbers of it: one is my daily earnings goal, one is my monthly earnings goal, and one is my yearly earnings goal. When I’m heading to Facebook, I’m taking a look at these numbers, and instead of chatting for 1 hour with my friends, I just spend 10 minutes to check updates and emails.
Not only I WANT to reach these numbers, but I WILL make these profits, because this will lead me where I want to go: Success!
I’ve been using this method of writing goals since a very long time now. When I first started this seemed a very good idea. Then, as my business grew, and as I was getting close to my initial goal, I found it almost impossible to earn the last few dollars separating me from this goal.
It took me some time to figure out what was going through my head. As I was getting close to my goal, my mind was telling me that I only needed very little effort to reach it, so I became lazy and I was not understanding what was going on.
This is when I understood the importance of revising your goals on a regular basis BEFORE you reach them. Usually, when I’m reaching 80% to 90% of my goals, I just set higher goals for me, this way I never have the feeling that I almost made it. It keeps me improving and growing my business.
Keep Your Goals Real
Now it’s your turn! If you want to help yourself and your business, take a sheet of paper. Then, take 5 minutes to think about how much you want to earn in the upcoming month, in the upcoming year, and where you want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years. Write all this down, and keep it in a place where you can see it by just moving your eyes from your workstation.
You’ll be amazed at how much it will actually help you become successful!
(If you have any question or comment about this, please feel free to comment below, I’ll do my best to answer everyone. This is part of my personal goals)