Vail Daily column: Set goals to achieve success
We all know it’s important to have goals. Small goals keep us on target, shaping our daily lives. Big goals determine the course of successful careers. Goals give credence to what is necessary, and help us determine what we value, and what we don’t. When we know goal setting is beneficial, why is it, that so many goals are never achieved? Let’s examine why some people are successful in achieving goals while others are not.
Having a goal is actually just one part of the process. The first thing we should do when formalizing an idea, is write it down. Putting goals in writing has numerous benefits. First, it gives clarity to your projected outcome. Clarity leads to action. Action takes you from Point A to Point B. A written goal keeps you on course so you don’t veer off on rabbit trails or tangents. It’s all about keeping focused.
Focus is Vital
Focus is vital! Anyone who has ever set a goal knows as soon as you start your journey it seems like the world’s forces come together to stop you from achieving what you want. Naysayers tell you that you can’t do it! Temptations shoot out from all directions! One obstacle after another inevitably pops up. Focusing on your written plan helps you stay the course.
If you have ever read articles on goal setting, then you know most advice stops at writing your goals down. I agree this is sound advice. It definitely increases your success, but this is only the beginning. You need to do more if you want to succeed.
Samples of typical goals. I will be a millionaire by a certain age. I will get into the best shape of my life this year. I will pursue and get my dream job. The problem with goals like these are, they are vague. If you don’t plan when, where and how to achieve your goal, then you have no format. No starting point, no direction and no timeline means no success!
Think of your goal as an adventurous road trip, a destination you can’t reach in a day. You have a specific date and place you will meet a special someone, but there are plans you need to make and things you should include so you can get to your destination on the day you set. Do you have the needed funds? How much will you need? What equipment will you take on the trip? Be specific, for example, if you are camping on the way, pack camping gear. You won’t need a tuxedo, keep your suitcase organized. Never go on a journey without a map. Take a marker and mark your route. How long will it take? What are your daily or weekly destinations? Plan for emergencies. The more you prepare, the better chance for a successful trip.
Planning for your goals should be handled the same way. Saying you want to be a millionaire is not enough. What are the specifics of your goal? Set a date for success. If you have an actual dollar figure in mind, write it down. Educate yourself, explore options. Would real estate or investing classes be beneficial? Research details of how others have attained success. Gather information and form a comprehensive plan of action. Review it often and follow your strategy. Use check points to keep you on track. Just like on a trip, check points are an overview of where you have been and where you want to go. They are an alert system. Use them to determine if you need to push harder, or can you relax and refresh. Check points are focal points.
It’s great to have big goals, but realize they come with hard work, an emphasis on details and probable setbacks. Build smaller goals within your plan. Attaining small successes builds momentum, lets you know if you are on or off track, and widens your base of knowledge and expertise. All successes and failures are learning tools — be flexible. When accidents or delays keep you from reaching your destination, take a detour. Most of all, enjoy those days when skies are sunny and roads are clear! Remember the more time you invest in details, the more successful your goals will be. Always take time to enjoy the journey.
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Cabal Yarne is the owner of Arriesgado Clothing Co. in Lionshead. He is a Vail Chamber & Business Association board member.