Kickin’ the goals!

kickin' the goalsI am reading “The Success Principals” by Jack Canfield at the moment and am loving the motivational messages and encouraging words. However, I am up to the chapter on goals and it has left me feeling a little anxious. I’m big on goal setting, always have been, but lately I feel overwhelmed at the idea of committing my goals to paper and giving them a use by date (as Jack recommends in the book). Sometimes the ideas in my head are so overwhelming, I find it hard to see a way forward. The problem is that when ideas aren’t broken down into measurable goals and objectives, they stay vague wishes and “want to”s without any kind of accountability attached to them. We can find ourselves then talking ourselves out of our dreams and desires and then when a roadblock lands in our way, it sometimes feels easier to just give up and move on to something else.

Roadblocks are really common in business, just as they are in life. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve definitely felt like I’ve had a huge broken bridge standing in front of me. So, reading Jack’s words about writing goals down and doing something small every day to work towards them, has really resonated with me. I feel like I have a bit more breathing space and can achieve things in smaller bites rather than trying to do everything at once. Little by little , I can chip away at the roadblocks until they no longer obstruct my journey.

When you’re a work at home parent/person, achieving a balance between home life and work life can be a challenge. It’s easy to forget that your business needs direction and planning just as much as your personal life does. Goal setting is an integral part of business planning. It doesn’t matter how big or small the goal, if you dream it, write it down and ask yourself when you see yourself achieving that goal and put the date on your goal. Canfield recommends being as specific as possible and he also recommends writing goals down on cards that you can carry with you and read often. His philosophy is based on the idea that if you remind yourself often enough about your goals, you will envision them more readily and achieving them will be just a matter of time and not a matter of chance.

What are your business goals? Can you imagine yourself having achieved them? Start with one goal and write it down with a use-by date today! Until next time… Cas.

ps: Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principals” is available in all good bookstores. I highly recommend it!