Our goal is to help you reach yours. In this month’s series – Goal Setting University – we will discuss a number of tactics to help you establish, work toward and reach your biggest goals.
The First Rule of Goal Setting
So what is the first rule of goal setting? You have to HAVE a goal! How are you going to reach your goal if you don’t know what you’re shooting for?
Many people are wandering aimlessly. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there.
Goal setting is the foundation to motivation. Being clear about what you want and having it in front of you every day is essential. People are either driven by their goals or their fears. Having specific goals will help you to maintain motivation as you put in the work every day.
The First Mistake You Want to Avoid
Now that you have a goal, you want to make sure you have the right goal. The first mistake you want to avoid is setting the wrong goal. Don’t get really good at something you don’t like. Your goals MUST align with your value and interests, otherwise, you will never find true success.
The Second Mistake You Want to Avoid
In setting your goals, don’t shortchange yourself. The second mistake you want to avoid is setting your sights too low.
“If you shoot for the moon and miss, at least you’ll land among the stars.”
Aim high. If you’re an athlete and you want to make it to the NFL, shoot for the Hall of Fame. If you want to get a scholarship to a Division I school, shoot for the NFL. If you want to graduate college, aim to graduate Suma Cum Laude.
Bill Parisi’s goal as an athlete was to break the world record in the javelin throw. While he didn’t come close or make the Olympic team, he did make the Olympic trials and was a 2x All-American at the Division I level.
The higher you aim, the more you will achieve.