This post was something that was brewing in my head for a long time, but it was pushed to the head of the line when I read this tweet by @stacixmarie – “I set really high goals and expectations… But every once in a while I really surprise myself. You are way more capable than you think.”
Have you ever wanted something so desperately that you thought you would do anything (within the law) to get it? I have.
I like to set goals. I think that setting goals and then writing them down is a great way to motivate yourself. I like to set business goals or life goals and then write them on a white dry-erase board and then put that board in a conspicuous place so that I will see it everyday. I once read somewhere that Harvard or some other Ivy League school once did a study on the habits of successful people. One thing that almost all highly successful people had in common was that they wrote their goals down and looked at them daily.
Here is another thing that I like to do. I like to set REALLY REALLY lofty goals. Like goals that might even seem impossible. Like I might say, “I am going to have $2 million in sales this month,” even though the monthly sales record is $1 million. I do this because it will make me work harder. It will make me strive for that seemingly unattainable end.
Basically, the way I look at it, if I reach $2 million in sales then I am a hero. If I “only” reach $1.5 million in sales, then I am still the top sales agent. Boom.
Some people will disagree with me on this tactic, but I don’t care. It is the way I do it. Some detractors might say that you are only setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. I say that if that is your attitude, then you have already failed. Set your goals high. Push and push. YOU ARE WAY MORE CAPABLE THAN YOU THINK.
So my goal was to lose 100 pounds by the end of the year. I started in May which means, for you math nerds, that I basically had 8 months to lose it. That averages out to 12.5 pounds per month. Not impossible, but very difficult. I lost almost 80 pounds.
Did I fail because I didn’t reach my goal? I don’t think so.
Do you set goals? Do you write them down? Give it a shot. Post them on your bathroom mirror or some other place that you will see them every day. Then start doing what it takes to reach those goals. (If you have the intestinal fortitude, then post your goal(s) as a comment below. It doesn’t have to be weight loss or fitness related. )