Does setting goals really work? Yes, if you work the goals. A better question might be, what does it take to achieve your goals? It’s not enough to sit down at the beginning of the year and write out your goals. You must be in action – consistent, intentional action. Without it, you can’t expect the future you desire to magically become your reality. Goal setting is a key habit that profitable business owners engage in.
Goal setting allows you to design and create the results you desire on purpose. It moves your business forward versus running in place expecting the scenery to change. Setting goals is like taking a blank canvas and painting a picture of what you want your business to look like in one year, three years and beyond.
One of the challenges of goal setting is silencing the negative self talk. You know that voice in your head that starts telling you all the reasons why you can’t possibly achieve these goals. As hard as it may be to accept, it’s not an external circumstance or situation that stops you from living your entrepreneurial dreams…you stop yourself!
I remember sitting down to write my goals and hearing the voice in my head. “How are you going to do that?” “Don’t put that on the list, it’s hard.” I kept writing. Eventually the voice was silenced and my mindset shifted from doubt to confidence. I reminded myself of the moment I completed a half marathon on a cold, windy, rainy day. Before the event began, thoughts of defeat and doubt filled my mind. I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish this goal. And just as I was completing Mile 1, a fellow runner hands me a piece of paper. On that piece of paper was the following scripture, Matthew 28:20 “And be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” In that moment, I knew that the power within me would carry me across the finish line and beyond.
So despite the negative self talk, you get to decide how your business will look by the end of 2014. There’s a power within you greater than any external circumstance if you trust and believe in your ability to have what your heart desires. So, will you cross the finish line? Or will you just throw in the towel? You have an unlimited supply of power and potential waiting on you to call it forth.