Setting Goals, Training For Newbies, Reviewing The Basics For All
When we first joined WA we were almost immediately asked what our money goals were. Based on this question, we had to think about what our business goals were. This forced us to think about the direction of our new business.
Many of us really did not ever think about this before other than, "I want to make a lot of money and be successful".
This was an introduction into a new way of thinking or was it?
If you think about it, we all know the right way to set goals. How many of us have traveled to a new vacation spot or destination that we have not gone to before? Did we just get in the car and go? I will bet that almost all of us in this situation would look at a map to see how to get there. Decide how much gas we needed for the trip. Make hotel arrangements if needed. Maybe even look up good places to eat along the way. Look up sightseeing activities. Make sure the car was packed with everything that we might need. We may even have gone as far as writing down a checklist to make sure that we did not forget anything.
Guess what? This is an example of goal setting.
How many of you make a grocery list before heading to the store? Did you plan out how much it might cost? How about which stores you are going to visit to find certain things? When you get to the store, do you have a plan on where to go to pick up each item needed? All of these actions are setting goals. Many people will also call it planning or making a plan.
Sometimes planning or goal setting becomes second nature especially when the actions or events are pretty much known and you fully understand what is required to complete the tasks.
Now back to the goals of our business and WA.
QUESTION #1: How much money would you be happy earning?
QUESTION #2: How much would you be ecstatic earning?
QUESTION #3: And how much TIME are you willing to invest to achieve these goals?
Many of the new people entering WA answer these questions with vague answers that are not specific enough for proper goal setting. This is okay because they are just starting out and they are on the road to learning this business.
Let us take some time to review how to set goals and how to make those goals work as we move toward our success here at WA.
What is the definition of goal setting?
It is the process of thinking and then planning how to do a future event and then motivating yourself to turn this vision of this future event into a reality.
Here are five things to keep in mind when setting goals.
1. Only have a few goals on your list for a specific future event. Do not list 27 goals to accomplish in 90 days. It just is not going to happen. You might have 27 things that you would like to do in the next 3 years, however, you can then only take a couple of those and make specific goals on how to accomplish them. Once accomplished, you could go back to the now 24 things and pick another 2 or 3 to work on and so forth.
Focus on just a handful of goals that you can repeat the specifics from memory.
2. Use the acronym SMART for your goal setting.
S Make them specific. Your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish. Use shorter phrases that are lazer specific. If you need to write a lot of detail about the specific goal that is okay but use this information as background detail. Example: I am going to create a web site about weight loss for women over 50 by January 10, 2016.
The background detail would have all the specifics of how to accomplish this. This is very important also. You have a little over 35 days to make this goal a reality. Break it down into tasks and checklists. You may not know all of the details yet but map out what you do know.
As you discover things that you need that you did not know earlier then adjust your tasks and checklists to accommodate the new data. Map out what you need to do in the first week, the second, the third week, and the fourth week and the final week.
Once this is done, you figure out what you need to do each day of the first week and so on. You will have to monitor your progress and adjust as you go. You may get behind in one week and then get ahead in another. This is okay just review your status on a daily basis. It does no good to set a goal and then forget about it.
A goal should be a living breathing thing; a part of your life. If you make it real, then you will embrace it and own it.
M Measurable. If possible, try to quantify the result. You want to know absolutely and positively, whether or not you reach your goal. Be specific here as well. Example: Earn $3,000 this month
“You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure.”
A Actionable. Start with an action verb Example: Write a 600 word blog post today. Write goals in the first person viewpoint. I will write a 600 word blog post on 12/4/2015.
R Realistic. This is the most difficult part of our early goals in this business. If you are new, then you do not know what you do not know. You set a goal with what you think is a realistic time frame only to find out that you have to do 6 things that you did not even know about. This is okay and you do not have to panic, you just have to adjust your plan and your list and tasks to accommodate the changes.
Your goal should stretch you, but overwhelm you. It should take you out of your comfort zone so that you grow. Example: I will be making $1000 a month in my business at the end of 90 days.
T Time. Every goal needs a completion date assigned to it. Example: I will be making $1000 a month in my business at the end of 90 days. The important thing about time is that you are making an educated guess based on a variety of factors. However, If you have never done any of this business before then your time to complete maybe off the mark.
Review your goals and fine tune them. Again, your goal is a living and breathing thing that is constantly evolving based on everything that you are learning and doing. Just because you may have to extend your time to complete does not mean that you have failed.
The only time that you will fail is when you quit!
Once you have some goals planned out and written down. Review them daily. Do not put your goal sheet away in a drawer! Do what works for you. List your goals on a poster and set the poster in a place where you see it everyday. Use positive quotes along with your goals. Use multiple copies of your goals so you see them many times each day. Whatever works!
Post your goals for your peers to see and to help hold you accountable. Normally you would need to be careful who you share your goals with but here at WA it is perfectly fine to share.
Goal Setting is just like any other skill here at WA. It just takes understanding and practice. Best of luck to each of you on your goal setting adventures!!! Dave.
Now Take Action!!!