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Often you see online how important it is to set proper goals if you want to start a business or be an entrepreneur. While that may be true, it’s is always important to have a good goal setting strategy, regardless of your professional choices.
Having a simple to-do list can do wonders for your life. It can help you be more productive, keep on track with your objective, or simply to remind you of all the little things you have to do. Goal tracking should be as essential to your life as is having breakfast or having a good night’s sleep.
You Want to Set Yourself Impossible Goals
Sometimes we don’t set goals fearing we can’t reach them. Or when we do, we feel these goals are too unreachable and we’re easily defeated. However, it’s exactly because you’re afraid you should pursue those objectives. Easy-to-achieve goals are absolutely fine -- as long as they lead you to a better place.Bigger-than-life goals and our determination to achieve them are what define us. That’s why you should not be afraid to set yourself impossible goals -- if you try hard enough, you never know what could happen.
There are various names we could look at with impossible goals. When Steve Jobs decided to join the phone market, there were bigger, more established brands in play.
That didn’t stop him from making the iPhone the most sold smartphone on the planet. Jeff Bezos come up with Amazon going head-to-head the large Walmart. Despite the latter’s presence in the market, nothing stopped him from making Amazon what it is today and redefining the online shopping experience.
You’re Not Climbing the Everest, Just Walking Towards It
Like you, I look at these people’s stories and I feel inspired. I want to achieve as much as them -- no, more; so much more! I’ve usually felt overwhelmed with my goals, not knowing exactly how to get from point A to Z. The answer is simples -- just break it down.
If I told you today to start walking towards Mount Everest -- wherever you are -- you’d say I’m crazy and you could never do it.
But if I told you to walk a town within a mile, you’d probably be up for it, depending on weather conditions. From there, the next day, I would tell you to walk to the next town within a mile distance. And the next, and the next. Before you know it, you’d be at Mount Everest.
Well, impossible goals are just like that. You don’t need to figure out today how to get there. All you need is to think what you need to do to cover the first mile. One milestone at a time.
The Bullet Keeper is My All-Time Life Saviour
It’s always easier to do something with the right tools. You wouldn’t use a butter knife to cut a stake, or put on a summer outfit for a trip to Antarctica. The same thing goes for goal setting -- you need the right tools.
I’ve discussed the advantages of using a paper journal versus an online format. At the end of the time, it comes down to personal choices. Maybe I’m old school, but I still prefer the traditional paper journal -- I can scribble wherever I want to highlight, circle, scratch off; I can just let my mind loose.
The Bullet Keeper is the best tool I’ve found so far. With a quick glance, I can see what’s ahead of me throughout the week. I personally use it for budget tracking, too. I find it useful to keep an eye on both my goals and my budget -- they’re usually correlated.
The Michael Jordan Playbook Of Goal Setting
Michael Jordan is a very successful sports’ player and a businessman. Who better to tell you how to set proper goals?
- Break it down
Set smaller goals for yourself, each of them building on the previous one. If you keep on crossing off goals, you’ll start building momentum and you’ll see things finally starting to fall into place.
- Be S.M.A.R.T.
Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. If you have a clear idea of what you need to do and you can measure your success. Make sure they’re realistic and are in-tune with your overall end-goal. Setting a timeline to achieve them will also help you push forward.
- Make It Real
You need to visualize your goals and truly believe in them if you ever hope to achieve them. If you don’t believe it will happen, why would it?
- Be Accountable
We’re always more likely to do something if we're held accountable. How many times did our moms make sure we made our beds and brushed our teeth when we were younger? Share your goals with someone and have them check-in on you.
- Show Up
Whether things are going your way or not, just keep working towards it. If you keep at it, sooner or later, you’ll get there. This is the golden rule to achieving goals. Show up. Every single time.