We all have goals in life.
We all want to be successful, be financially free, want to be the best parent to our children.
We all want to be best “me” possible. This is the way you think of yourself, right?
The beauty of living in a period of life with so much opportunity, you can be anyone that you want to be.
Unfortunately, our mindset is not always focused on goals or we simply feel we’re not worthy of greatness.
Some of you may not believe in yourself.
But that stops today, it stops this very minute because I’m going to teach you how to reach your life goals and how you can reach any milestone you set.
In this guide, I’m going to discuss;
- The Continuous Transition Of Life
- You Are Always Changing
- Seeing Opportunity For What It Is
- Creating Meaningful Goals
- What I Do To Reach Goals
- Accountability Matters
- Creating Momentum To Achieve Your Goals
- Put In The Work To Succeed
The Continuous Transition Of Life
I remember when I was renting an apartment for $325 a month.
I heard of a house coming up for rent at $450 a month. It was with the same landlord. Bill (my landlord) told me I could have it if I wanted it.
I said of course! But I remember being scared to death. How am I going to afford another $125 a month? Truth be told, this isn’t a lot of money but it caused me a lot of sleepless nights.
Looking back now, I laugh and smile that I let that extra $125 bother me so much.
This was a transition in my life. We all go through them. You have went through these transitions too. Don’t let these transitions in life “define” you because in the end, it’s only a transition and you’ve made it through many times before.
Think about your life as a child. How many friends have come and gone? Do you remember the first time your best friend moved away? It’s a part of life, it’s natural. Transitions are a part of life.
How many of you have been in a financial transition? For better or worse? I remember when I was making $100 every two weeks. We all experience these.
The point to take away? Simply put, the changes in your life are change and nothing more. It’s how you respond to that change that matters. You can either let it defeat you, dwell on it or see the opportunity for what it is.
You Are Always Changing
You never stay in the same place, situation or scenario.
Think about this, you don’t always make the same money. You don’t always live in the same place. You don’t always have the same friends. I’ve found when we quit creating goals, we get bored. If you’ve been the type to create goals all your life, this can even lead to depression and w
You hear the talk about retiring, I remember coaching a guy named Dave.
Dave was 62 at the time and had a very successful launch of a product. He made millions of dollars, retired and was off to play golf for the rest of his life, that’s what he thought he wanted to do.
2 months later, Dave called me and said “I’m bored Richard.” Dave was passionate about golf. He always wrote down his goals, milestones and his visions. Once he stepped out of this cycle, he quickly found that his life was a lot different without having goals.
My point, we should always set goals. When you have enough money to retire, it doesn’t mean you should quit setting goals for yourself.
Seeing Opportunity For What It Is
Is it fair to say that every transition and change in our life brings new opportunity? I’d say so.
All change isn’t bad. Many of us don’t like change. Those who don’t, you likely look for routine and structure in your life. There’s nothing wrong about being in that mindset, but you have to be open for all change because opportunities can come from the most unlikely of places.
Let me reference another real-life example of this.
I was the type that didn’t like change. I still remember the day, time and place when I had the choice to stay at my cook job or do internet marketing as a career.
For myself, it was unexpected because the first few months I worked multiple jobs. I was scared to go solo on internet marketing. I just received my first client for social media marketing.
Then came the opportunity I wasn’t expecting, I was scheduled to work at the same time I had a meeting with a new client. Opportunity came knocking and in this case, I had one of the most important decisions to make in my life. Even after 11 years, that one decision shaped my future, my career, my way of life.
I’d be blind to say that I knew that decision would such an impact, but it did. In life, it’s up to you to see these life changing opportunities.
Creating Meaningful Goals
If you think planning goals are worthless, I ask you to change your mindset.
Grab a piece of paper and pencil/pen.
I want to teach you a technique that I once thought was foolish, I’ll admit that. But I promise it will have meaning and purpose in your life.
Where do you want to be at in the near future? I want you to write down realistic goals. It can be business or personal.
For me, I want to grow Richard Hale Media to become a business earning $10 million dollars a year. That’s within my reach, it’s a realistic goal.
You should have many goals, but this is just one example of many things it can be.
Now, for the past 8 years, I’ve wrote down my goals every morning I arrive in the office. Think about this, every day ladies and gentlemen for the past 8 years.
- It reminds me daily of the goals I want to reach.
- This ritual has become my accountability.
- It keeps me focused on what needs done and where I’m going professionally and personally.
- It’s my morning motivation. Motivation matters in this a lot.
Following this ritual changed my life. I know it can change yours.
What I Do To Reach My Goals
How can you ensure you reach the goals you set?
Glad you asked. There’s a wide range of different tips I can give you hear.
Here’s some of the things I do.
I love vision boards. Remember how I talked about writing goals down every morning when I get into the office, this is a visual approach to that.
Now, it’s said we connect with visual elements more so than just plain text.
You can make vision boards for home, your office or you can have a team member vision board to help with completing goals. There’s no wrong answer here.
This is a great way to focus on achieving goals. Seeing this every morning you get up or get to work, it can be motivational and powerful.
Detailed Step By Step Path
Some goals are easier to reach than others. Some goals are simple in theory, others are complex.
When I have complex goals I want to achieve, I write down the steps I need to take to get there.
Although goals can be complex, don’t think anything is written in stone. Goals can change, steps can change, you’ll face these transitions in your life.
Remember, some things will be out of your hands, so your goals (no matter how detailed they may be) are subject to change.
I still want you to follow them as closely as you can, but be versatile in planning them.
You have to keep your life goals and business goals realistic.
If I own a business that is currently worth $20 million dollars, a realistic goal would be improving my business to be worth $30 million. If I reached for $100 million, that’s likely beyond the realm of “realistic.”
Milestones can be helpful in this approach. Using the same example above, I may write down my goals and suggest milestones to reach $22 million, $24 million and so on.
Again, you don’t have to be accurate, but you must be realistic.
Have you found it hard to complete your goals when you’re the only one going after them?
I know I have, it’s tough when you don’t have accountability.
Just like in fitness, motivation plays a key role in accomplishing your goals.
For all of you that are leading a team, business, group, you need to be that motivational factor for others. This is a key quality of leadership.
Creating Momentum To Achieve Your Goals
I haven’t read much about momentum when achieving your goals, but it’s another big factor in your success.
This is why we want to list some goals in order.
- Goal One – Build A Website
- Goal Two – Build 10 Pages Focused On Leadership
- Goal Three – Launch Website And Begin Promoting
- Goal Four – Build Facebook Page And Group
As we get closer to accomplishing the “end goal,” it gets exciting. So does momentum play a key role? Absolutely
Momentum can drive us and motivate us to complete our goals. If you can list your goals in order like the example, make sure you do it.
Remember to take your goals one step at a time and to write them down. Leave them in a place you’ll see every day.
Be accountable for your goals and accountable for the goals of those you lead.
Put In The Work To Succeed
Lastly, you have to put in the work to accomplish your goals.
You can’t wait around and hope they come true, you have to plan your goals and take action.