Donna Reade

QuickBooks Online Consulting & Bookkeeping

The Shocking Truth about Goal Setting

goal on fireOn this day exactly one year ago I decided that I would start writing a blog about my experiences working in and with businesses. Now setting that Goal was rather simple. I just decided that I would write a blog that would go out every Tuesday. However, having a goal and making it happen are two different things. It is actually much harder than I ever imagined and I had to develop new habits. One year later I have achieved things and grown in ways that I never even imagined was possible. All because I set a goal and did the work.

So here are some things to keep in mind as you set goals for yourself:

When you set a goal you have to break it down into action steps, to make it manageable. If you do one action step at a time, before you know it your goal will become a reality. You can use this plan with almost anything… weight loss, writing a book, etc. As you can see, goal setting is easy. However if goal setting is so easy, why don’t we all have buff bodies or books on the bestseller list?

Achieving Goals is—Gasp!—Hard Work
It’s not popular to write about how hard it is to get what you want, but I don’t want to just lob meaningless platitudes at you. Know what you’re getting into when you build compelling goals. Accept that the journey will be difficult. Along with the wins, you’ll also have plenty of setbacks, failures and doubts. The tricky part is to quickly learn from these and make the necessary adjustments along the way.

Refrain from Broadcasting To The World That You Set A Goal.
I used to think that telling everyone about my goals was a smart thing to do. Why not have all your friends hold you accountable for that goal that you set? Here is what generally happened to me:

• My friends, family and co-workers told me a thousand reasons why I would will fail.
• I got a barrage of negative messages.
• I was told that no one would read what I wrote.

What I have learned and suggest that you to confide your goal to only a few people and these people need to be positive motivators. This is where a good coach or mentor comes in. Positive people will help you move forward. Negative people will tear you down.

The Journey is more Important than Reaching the Destination.
When you are working toward achieving your goal, you test your character and strength.
• You discover who you really are.
• Savor the experience and take note of how you handled difficulties that you faced.
• Learning from the process is the most valuable thing you can do.
By paying more attention to what you’re doing now and the journey you’re taking, you allow yourself to enjoy the ride. This is the point, really.

Reaching your Goals isn’t Easy.
The truth is that any goal worth achieving is going to be hard work. No matter what you are working on there will likely be times you will want to slack off or even quit. Don’t! Stick with it, find your inner resolve and just do it. It will pay off in dividends.

Once you’ve reached your goal, you don’t pack it up and quit. Instead, set another goal and work towards it. The best part of reaching goals is that it fuels you to take things to the next level. You’ll be amazed what happens when you do.