To achieve success in life (whatever that means to you), you need to have clearly defined goals. Targets that you are working towards. You have probably heard this over and over since you were a kid, but do you actually do it? These targets should be extremely detailed; don’t say “I want to be rich in three years” instead you should say “I want to make $30k/month within three years from now”, “I want to be making $20k/ month within two years from now” and “I want to be making $10k/month within the next year”.
I know there are things in life that can be not achieved overnight, some goals require serious time commitments before they can be realized. This is why I always have multiple sets of goals that I work towards simultaneously.
My Method for Goal Setting in both business and personal life:
My Daily Goals – What am I going to accomplish TODAY?
My Short Term Goals – What am I going to do/change that can be implemented by the end of this month?
My Mid Term Goals – What am I going to achieve in the next 3 – 6 months?
My Long Term Goals – Where am I going to be in the next year? The next three years? Five years from now?
Setting Daily Goals:
These are by far the most important types of goals. Some quotes that come to mind are “What you do today determines where you will be tomorrow” & “Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today”. Once you have your other goals in place you MUST set daily goals for yourself or else nothing will ever change. I wake up every morning and write of list of what I would like to get done that day, tasks that will lead me towards my goals. They can be anything from “reach out to 5 new suppliers for my new eCommerce website”, “set up a job on oDesk to hire a writer for new eBook”, “write 3 new posts for my blog”, “go to the gym for an hour” or all of the above. I usually come up with about 5 – 10 things that I would like to get done on any given day. I then rank my daily goals in order on importance. How do I determine what is important? Whatever is most likely going to lead me towards achieving my short terms goals. I always do the “hardest” task on my list first. This leaves me feeling accomplished early on in the day. I then use that motivation to complete the rest of my daily goals and then do whatever I would like with my free time.
Short Term Goals:
These are goals that I set for myself to achieve in a months time. They are goals that will help me achieve my Mid Term Goals. If one of Mid Term Goals is to launch a ClickBank product in the finance niche then my Short Term Goal may be to have a programmer create a “Forex Trading Robot”
Setting Mid Term Goals:
These can be as simple as “I will loose 15lbs in the next 3 months” or as complex as “six months from now I will relocate to Costa Rica and run my business from my laptop”. They can be anything as long as you have a clearly defined plan in place to achieve them.
Setting Long Term Goals:
These are more of possibilities that you currently are working towards. I say that because in this business it is hard to think that far out because everything is constantly changing and your long term desires may change as well.
One of my long term goals is to oversee a company that funds and manages startups. I plan to do this within the next five years.
Without goals in place you will likely not find success and if you do you will have no way of measuring it. If you set goals for yourself and reach them you feel accomplished and be excited to set even more. Goal setting is a major key to success and personal fulfillment.
“Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them.” – Richard Branson