Are you on the right road?

Are you on the right road?

I have come to realise over the years of working with business owners that they are often traveling down a road that they don’t know the name of or where it’s going. No sign posts, no beacons, nothing that tells them if they are on the right track.

To know what road to travel is to know your outcome, in other words – set goals! Goal setting is a challenge for many. I believe it is important in every area of our life, without them I think we become complacent, perhaps frustrated and feel like we are on a road to nowhere and never feeling like we achieve anything.

Once you have some clarity on your mission and values the next step is to write the goals. I have a goal book and encourage everyone I work with to do the same. Call me old fashioned but I like to physically write the goals down in one place. If a spreadsheet or App will work for you then go for it.

The first step is to write down a clear vision statement. This is the big picture of what you want your life or business to look like. For me I encompass all areas of my life in that vision statement. Some areas for you to consider are:

  • business
  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Personal Development
  • Education
  • Travel
  • Hobbies
  • Wealth Creation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Contribution

Some areas may not be relevant to you, some areas you may be maintaining really well. For example if you go to the gym 3 times a week and maintain great health there may not be any specific goals around that other than to maintain. There may be an area that has been what I call “in the blinkers”. You have avoided it and not take any care or notice in that area. I know for me there are areas that I focus on a lot more than others because they align with my values more.

When writing your vision and goals always start with I have or I am. We want to always state our goals ‘as if’ we have already achieved them. We also want to state what we want not what we don’t want. All to often I hear people say very clearly what they don’t want and then struggle to flip it to what they do want. The thing is the brain hears everything and then has this wonderful way of finding what you tell it. The brain does not comprehend the word ‘don’t’. Let me demonstrate this. I don’t want you to think about a pink and purple polka dot tiger with wings flying around the room. Don’t think about that. Let me guess, you had to think about it, create the picture first before you could not think about it? So be careful how you write and state your goals and intentions.

This can be all a little boring but make sure you do the SMART test. If a goal is not specific, measurable, attainable, realist and time bound then you will be hard pressed to know if you have achieved it. Also do the clarity, challenging, committed and alignment test. All over these checks will lead you to greater success in achieving your goals.

And one last tip, go nuts! Dream big and then break it down.