It's been an interesting week - full of highs & lows, celebration & disappointment all around the same event. I've been thinking more & more about why it's important to set goals, write them down & then track progress on an ongoing basis. Obviously goal setting is nothing new. We all claim to do it at any given time both in our personal & professional lives. The key, however is understanding how well you are able to hold yourself accountable for taking steps towards achieving those goals. In order to be the most effective, this has to be an ongoing ritual, not simply an infrequent agenda item.
"Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." - Marsha Sinetar
Every sale needs a closer. That pretty much sums up my week ahead. If I don't acknowledge my own worth, than how can I expect anyone else to come & meet me in the middle. No one deserves to sell themselves short. You've got to dare to reach much higher than you may have ever needed to do in the past. You may be happily surprised by a pleasant outcome.
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo Buonarroti
So, what is the secret sauce? Reinforcing the positive behaviors: checking things off the list as you go and acknowledging the hard work it took to get each goal accomplished. The reward will come in the ability to praise yourself rather than waiting around for someone to acknowledge your worth. Make inspiration sustainable.
"People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals - that is, goals that do not inspire them." - Tony Robbins
I assembled the quotes for this post in the hopes that you'll take at least one to heart. I'll call them "Goals To Live By". Whenever you start to question or doubt one of those goals you've documented and/or your ability to find the strength to continue on the path of pursuit, remember some of these powerful words.
"You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals." - Booker T. Washington