Does setting goals energize you or frustrate you?
For most people who are frustrated with setting goals (and might even HATE setting goals and relegate the practice as an exercise in futility), I want to bust some goal setting myths.
QUIT setting goals until you’re ready and motivated to get some real benefit from it.
Seriously! Setting goals has a bad rap because so many people do it as an “exercise” rather than as an integral component of success creation.
Don’t do it at all until or unless you are going to take it seriously . . . VERY seriously!
Setting goals is NOT for everyone, so I will “let you of the hook” of having to set goals in order to have a great life and career. Many (most) people see setting goals as a boorish waste of time which might be better used getting things DONE!
Bobb Biehl wrote a great little book that I recommend you read if you want to explore this further Stop Setting Goals If You Would Rather Solve Problems.
If you are feeling READY to set goals as a way of providing self-motivation to move your life and career forward faster, I hereby offer the following very simple tips.
Consider your roles (not more than 7) in life and set 3-5 goals for each role. By example, My roles are:
- CEO of Pareto Realty, LLC
- Principal Broker of Pareto Realty, LLC
- Residential Real Estate Sales Professional
- Self – Curating the health of Social, Emotional, Physical, Mental, and Spiritual
- Family – Parents, Children, Extended family and close friends
- Community – Charitable pursuits and/or local outreach
- Money – All financial concerns
Craft your goals in a SMART way:
“My goal as Residential Real Estate Sales Professional is to sell and close 24 houses in the 2017 calendar year.”
Now that your goals are clear, Let’s ensure that you stay on track with ACCOUNTABILITY.
Find 3-5 Accountability partners who would be willing to “meet” with you each week for a brief face:face or telephone conversation. These accountability partners do not need to know ANYTHING about your business. They are there to hold you accountable to doing what you say you will do . . . not coaching or mentoring. My youngest daughter was one of my best accountability partners when she was 10 years old.
I advise these meetings to be on Monday mornings.
Before this meeting, you MUST review your annual goals (for all roles) and adjust if appropriate (because “Life happens” that might change some priorities).
Review your MONTHLY goals (Might be Projects, research, business development, production metrics) and adjust if appropriate.
Create your plan and Calendar for the week.
Here’s the oh-so-complicated format for the meeting:
- Last week, you promised me . . .
- Did you do it?
- How did it go?
- If you didn’t, why not?
- Is it still important?
- What do you need to do now?
- Do you know how to do it?
- Are there obstacles?
- What new opportunities do you see now?
- What ONE thing could you do NOW that will impact your business MOST?
- What are you going to do this week?
- What else?
- Switch roles
This requires a DISCIPLINE of doing this EVERY week, and the results will show up in spades.
PS – Connect with me if you would like a copy of the Annual and weekly worksheets that I personally use. Email: Barry@ParetoRealtyllc.com
and finally – I am offering a special MasterMind session entitled The patient is your business, and it’s time for a physcal exam Wednesday 22 March, 2017. Click the link for more details (“LIKE” Pareto Realty while you’re there) . . . This session would be a FABULOUS way to kick-start your new and improved Goal Setting pursuit 🙂