The Most Common Reason Why You Don’t Get Your Goals
Have you ever given up on a goal?
If you are like most people, then most of the goals that you have set, you’ve failed at.
How many times have you decided to eat better, exercise more or lose weight but you only do it for a short period of time?
How many times have you decided to quit a bad habit like smoking, junk food or TV but you end up doing it again after a couple weeks?
How many times have you decided to make more money in your business or advance rank in your MLM company but you are still making roughly the same amount months or years later?
Why Goals Are Not Met
There is a fundamental reason why goals are not met and it all starts with the way they are set.
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There 2 parts to setting goals.
Part 1- Make your Goals SMART
Most people have heard of creating SMART goals so I won’t go into too much detail in this post but a quick overview is that SMART stands for this:
If you don’t create SMART goals and make them to general and unable to measure then you won’t know if you’ve achieved your goal. You could set a goal to lose weight. But you could lose half a pound and you’ve made your goal even though you were probably thinking of losing 10 pounds. Turning the same goal into a SMART goal, it would sound like this:
I will lose 10 pounds by the end of this month, Oct. 31 2016.
But enought about SMART goals. You’ve probably heard of it already and some people are really good at setting SMART goals but they still don’t make their goals and that’s where the second part of goal setting comes in.
Part 2 – Break Your Goal Down
Let’s pretend that at the beginning of the year Bob has a goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of the year. Most people, when they set a goal to lose 50 lbs in a year do really well for the first couple of days or weeks but then they stop and forget about their goal. A couple months later they remember their goal, weigh themselves, find they haven’t really lost any weight and they give up their goal.
That behavior carries on to all goals whether if it’s to make more money, advance rank in your MLM or quitting smoking even if the goal is a SMART goal
To give the goal a better chance of being met, the goal needs to broken down into smaller chunks.
If you have a goal to lose 50 lbs in 1 year that roughly equals 1 pound per week.
Instead of having a goal stated like this:
I will lose 50 lbs by the end of the year 2016.
Change it to this:
I will lose 1 pound each week, until the end of the year 2016 for a total of 50 pounds.
The way this goal is set, tells you whether you are off track or not and by how much if you are.
Since the goal is set for every week, it’s hard for Bob to forget. He can keep the pace and lose a pound a week and know that he is on track. At the beginning he might get ahead and lose more than a pound in a week but that’s ok. Just as long as he knows where he supposed to be in order for him to make his goal on time.
On the flip side if Bob is doing really well with his goal for the first couple of months but then he goes to visit his grandma and he can’t resist grandma’s amazing apple pie he might not lose a pound that week or worse, he may gain a little weight. That still is ok because Bob has the next week to catch up. His goal is always on his mind and it’s harder to forget because it’s set for every week.
Just changing how the goal is set will make an immense difference of whether the goal is met or not.
Activity Driven Goals
Sometimes using results is too difficult when setting a goal.
Here is an example:
In your MLM business, you could set a goal of creating $1000 residual each month by the end of the year. Logic will tell you that is roughly $100/month. So in month 1, you should be at $100/month and in month 2, you should be at $200/month and in month 3, you should be at $300/month and so on. Now what if you are in month 4 or 5 and you still haven’t gotten your first $100/month? You might get frustrated especially if you feel like you are working hard. You could quit. Sometimes no matter what you do, you can’t achieve a goal especially when that goal is dependent on other people’s free will.
You can’t control people and make them join your team and build your business. But you can control your activities.
Depending on the goal, it could benefit you to change your goals from results driven to activity driven.
In a case like this, change the goal to what you’ll do each week or each day.
I will talk to 10 people a day each day from Monday to Friday for a total of 50 people a week and about 2500 by the end of the year. If you set that goal and make it, do you think your business would change and that you would advance rank?
Now go set goals the right way so you can keep them.
Nothing is worse than breaking a promise to yourself.
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