Do you have goals for exactly what you want/intend to achieve? Do an exercise with me. Make a list of what you would really like to have/do/be. Don’t limit yourself here at all. Be child like and let it go. Dream! Just start writing each idea, one per line. Don’t stop writing. If you hit a block, keep writing. Just write what comes to mind. Do that for about 10 minutes.
Now, go back to your list and write out a very clear and concise short answer to the question “Why?” If you cannot think of a clear reason that excites you immediately, put a line through it. Do this for each item on your list. You will see that your list is greatly reduced but the items left are important to you. THESE are your goals.
There are some steps you can take to prioritize your goals and group them into categories and organize them into short term and longer term goals but at least you now have something that only about 3% of people have: written goals.
Take another look at that list, including the items with a line through them. Did you actually self-censor a bit? Did you tend to just write down things that you felt you could actually do/have/be? In other words, did you aim high enough or did you settle for “Good”.
I encourage you to have a read of “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. There are lots of inspiring stories about organizations and people who went well beyond good. They achieved greatness. They did this by not settling for good. They focused on the steps that took them to great. Why don’t all businesses get to great? Why don’t all of us business folks get to great? Simply put, “good is the enemy of great”.
The more I read biographies of great business achievers, the more I see that one of the things that they have in common is that at some time they were in desperate straights. Things were bad for them. That focused them and they did whatever it took to grow a business so that things would never be bad for them again. And, they all did it by providing something that others needed or wanted and were very happy to pay for. They did not do it alone. They made sure that those that helped them grow their business got their fair share of the rewards. They made sure that their product was the very best it could be. Simply, people at each step of the business process got their fair share. That is business.
We just got our labour figures here in Canada. They showed a loss of some 9,000 jobs across the country. However, very interesting, they also showed a marked increase in the number of self-employed. People are realizing that if they want to have a reliable income, they have to arrange for it themselves. They are starting their own businesses.
More on this in a future blog. For now, look at your goals and aim high! 😀