What Kind of Goals Do You Set?

"Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal." - Elbert Hubbard

Most business oriented people know they should set goals. If you read some of the articles on LinkedIn you surely have read about goal setting. If you love to read, and have read some of the amazing wisdom from Brian Tracy, you have definitely read about goals. To quote Brian, "If there is one special quality that all great leaders have in common, it is vision. Leaders think about the future, where they’re going, and what they’ll do when they get there. They think about what they want, often many years in the future, and what can be done to achieve it."

But what is a goal? Is saying, "I want to be a millionaire" a goal? Not really...it's more of a wish. Why isn't a goal? Because real goals, obtainable goals, have to be specific. They have to be measurable. They have to reasonable and they have to measured in some unit of time. And lastly, and most important to me, they have to fit into your vision of life and into your values. Obtaining a goal, but doing it without true values, isn't my definition of real success.

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. - Pablo Picasso

So how do you reach your goals? You have a plan. Even a great artist like Pablo Picasso understood this. It doesn't matter what your business is. Obtaining true success involves having a good plan. And following that plan, and never giving up, is the way people become truly successful.

But there is one more REALLY important part I want to share. Ready? It's the same thing with your personal life. You can't just set business goals and not take care of the rest of your life. Your personal plan and your business plan in many ways ways are the same thing. One part guides you at work, and the other when you're away from your business. Ask any athlete. You can't rise to the top of your sport, or your business, and stay there for long if you don't have a plan for your whole life. And even if you do make a lot of money, but you aren't healthy or have a great family life and friends...what does it all mean?

And finally let's give this "whole life" plan a name. What is it called when you live your whole life within your plan and your values? It's called Integrity. As Brian Tracy said, "Perhaps the most important of all values is integrity. Someone once said that integrity is not so much a value in itself; it is, rather, the value that guarantees all other values". And just to finish with a soft plug, helping people achieve this in their lives and in their business, is what I do. Feel free to give me a call and we can chat about it. 310-309-0038


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