• Karen Davis

Goal Setting

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it." – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." – Benjamin Mays

Goal Setting

Here we are coming into the close of the third quarter of the year. This is a great time to take a look at the year so far and see if we are where we want to be or where we estimated we would be.

**This is the time to stop doing what is not working. If, by assessment it is obvious that a plan or marketing strategy is not working; it’s time to change or add to the plan!

** It may be time to kick it up a notch to the finish of the year or, if right on track, keep doing what is working!

**If the goal has been passed, it is time to realize that you undervalued your potential! Set some higher standards of achievement.

Goal setting is determining how to get what you want. 3% of entrepreneurs have definitive and concrete goals. 10% have a good notion, but do not set their goals definitively. 50% give it some thought and the rest do not even consider goal setting. Numerous business colleges perform studies that indicate that the same 3% that have definitive goal setting skills are the same 3% that achieve them.

The top 3% keep the goal in front of them! Here’s how:

1.) Pictures and notes on the bathroom mirror, screen savers, the coffee maker, even alarms on their phones to remind them of the goal are sensory reminders to keep that goal in both the subconscious and the conscious brain.

2.) Committing the goal to paper and to a mentor keeps both accountability and moral high. Everyone needs a cheerleader!

3.) Break the goal down into monthly requirements and daily activities. Big goals require manageable segments or high performers would be walking around overwhelmed all the time.

4.) The goal should be a little scary! Thinking about it causes butterflies in the stomach. Those butterflies are precursors to growth.

5.) Setting a goal should feel like taking off in an airplane. At some time there is a point of no return. The plane is committed. That is how commitment to a goal should feel. That feeling is where success lives.

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