We are entering the last two months of 2017. The thought of that seems crazy. To say that time goes quickly is an understatement! How are you doing with your 2017 goals and resolutions? I know, we set them almost a year ago and at the time, it seemed like we had the momentum to meet and even exceed some of them. Now, 10 short months later, it’s time to buckle down to make sure that they are met. Can you work hard to finish the year strong? This week I want to talk about reasons for setting goals. It’s easy to go through life ‘hoping’ to accomplish great things. It’s another to set goals with dates and actually work hard to reach them.
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Bill Copeland.
I have read several books, articles, blogs and listened to podcasts about the importance of goal setting. Today I will discuss several reasons for setting goals for your life – both professionally and personally. These goals can be for the next year, next 3 years or even the next 5 or 10 years. If you’ve never set goals, let’s start with goals for 2018.
Goals Help You Stay Focused
It is easy to coast through life. If you work a w-2 job and your boss is happy with your production, you may be satisfied. But, what if you could set goals that would allow you to become your own boss? Imagine being in charge of your own destiny. It sounds great, doesn’t it? By setting goals, you are able to step out of your comfort zone and work hard to achieve goals that will allow you to grow, both professionally and personally. You will be able to determine your own course and be more successful.
You Will Work to Achieve More
If you set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals and keep them in front of you, you will achieve more. Studies have shown that employees who have goals in front of them accomplish more during the day that those who walk in, sit down and wonder what they need to do for the day. I am a big 3×5 card advocate. Before I leave my office at the end of the day, I write down what needs to be accomplished the next day. The card contains appointments I’ve set, projects I need to work on, webinars and podcasts that are available, articles I need to read, etc. When I sit down in the morning, I have a clear-cut path to my day. I am much more productive! I have a vision of exactly what I need to do. If you read articles about successful business people in all areas of life, from athletes to world leaders, they all set goals. Coincidence? I think not!
“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” Zig Ziglar
Goals Keep You Accountable
You may be thinking, “I own my own business, I’m only accountable to myself.” Well, imagine the satisfaction if day after day, your list is complete, your projects are handled, you’ve done some continuing education to grow in your field, and everything on your list is marked off. I can tell you that this week I worked for about 20 hours on a new project. I was so overwhelmed that I broke it into steps, wrote them out and marked them off as I completed each step. I left my office after two days of being laser-focus on this project knowing that everything was complete, As I walked to my car, I felt truly proud of myself and even mumbled, “I love my life!” I went from being overwhelmed to being at peace because of breaking down a huge project into smaller, obtainable goals. Goals help you be the best that you can be. If you have no idea where you are in your life’s journey, it’s hard to measure how much you are growing. You have to be willing to set targets and milestone in order to improve your life.
So, you may be wondering how I am doing with my 2017 goals. This year I asked a few friends to keep me accountable. I submitted my list of goals to a networking group I belong to and we were going to help each other meet and exceed our 2017 goals. It really hasn’t happened, but I will share where I am and maybe it will prompt you to continue working on your goals.
Personally, I haven’t done well with my weight issue, but on the bright side, I haven’t gained any weight this year. I plan to use the last 8 weeks of 2017 to jump start the weight loss goals I will continue in 2018. My husband and I did join a gym and we did go regularly for a few months, but then life got in the way. We plan to put “working out” on our schedule just like our client appointments and that way we may actually be able to follow through. Darrell and I have managed to share some great events together, but we haven’t gotten away like we planned. Obviously, that goal will carry over to 2018.
Professionally, I have really grown this year. Having lost Castleton Grill as a client when they closed, I wanted to replace them with another quality client. I have been very fortunate to work with several new clients this year. I have rented an office space. I should probably bolded that statement – I HAVE RENTED AN OFFICE SPACE! I love it! I feel that I am much more productive and my time at home is more my own time. Instead of working until it’s time for bed, I’m able to share my evenings with Darrell and that’s been good for us. I hosted my first event, worked on my public speaking skills, and I joined ToastMasters, so….. I am really excited about where I am headed professionally. Darrell and I have started a new endeavor and 2018 is going to be a terrific year.
Why is it important to set goals? When I started my business nearly 7 years ago, I was told that “A goal without a date is simply a dream.” I totally believe that statement and I also believe that if you set goals with dates, keep them in front of you and work on them every day, your professional and personal growth will be immeasurable! Let’s finish 2017 strong and make 2018 “your best year yet.”
Have a blessed week!