Are Your Goals Too Short?

I have written recently about persistence and it’s importance in being successful. However, persistence is difficult and “un-fun”. Many of us can only force ourselves so far and then “self-sabotage” kicks in. One of the things that can short-circuit our efforts to succeed is how our brain is wired to achieve a goal. You see, when our brain perceives that we have almost reached our goal, it starts slowing down the efforts to finish. It starts “coasting” if you will. (I don’t have space here to go into why it does this but it is a by-product of our long-ago … Continue reading

Clear Goals – Get the Picture?

Remember Mistake #1 – Vague Goals? And the prevention/correction (Clear goals)? (If this is new to you, quickly! sign up for the newsletter (over there on the side) and get the eCourse “The 7 Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success™”. Yes, it’s free.) Today I want to talk about clear goals for a moment. You already know to get clear and specific with your goal. But are you getting specific enough? If you want to achieve your goal, then you need to be REALLY specific. When I say specific, I mean, REALLY detailed and specific. (Have I emphasized that enough, yet?) … Continue reading

Goal-setting: What Can Backfire

In my post Get Clear on Your Goals, I talked about the need for getting clarity on your goals… including being specific. I even gave a couple of possible examples. But one of the examples I gave has a potential to backfire. The example I used said, “I want 10 new high-dollar customers next year, each one bringing at least $100,000 in gross sales of business for me.” If you do the math, that means an additional one million dollars of gross revenue. I don’t know of anybody who would turn that down. However, just because you wouldn’t turn it … Continue reading

Get Clear on Your Goals

In The 7 Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success™ I talk about goals and the need for clarity. And it’s true. You do need to be clear on your goals as a first step. But there is more to goal-setting than just clarity. You also need specificity. Specificity (which is a difficult word to pronounce properly, by the way) is about being specific in your goals. It’s not enough to want your business to increase its revenue next year. You need to set a target amount for the increase. That amount could be in absolute currency amount (additional 50,000 dollars) or … Continue reading