Human Beings Are Complicated
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to talk about the business goals I’ve set for 2010 a little. Before I do that, I think I should talk a little about how I go about setting goals. As you’ll see, I believe in the Keep It Simple Stupid mantra.
I believe that all human beings have things they want out of life. I also believe the reason many fail to get these things is because they’re not clear about exactly what it is they want in the first place. To make a statement like “I want to have more money in 2010” does not give your mind enough stimulus because it’s too vague. For this reason, I agree with the experts that tell you to make your goals specific, write them down and review them at least weekly.
My Personal Approach
For myself, I make two lists of these goals. One is for business and the other is for personal. This helps me in at least two ways. Firstly, it allows me to be more focused on these separate areas of my life. Secondly, it helps me find a way to make these lists coexist peacefully. For instance, can you really make a business goal of traveling to more conferences if one of your personal goals is to spend more time at home with your family? Maybe you could but that’s the reason I advise carefully formulating your goals. To see if there is a meeting point where both goals can be achieved or to alter the goal that can’t be.
That last point bears repeating. If you find while reviewing your goals you consistently find goals that you are not taking action on you need to ask yourself why and be honest. Is it not something you really want or is it just too soon for you to consider it? Either way, you might want to look at either dropping it from your current goals or replacing it with another one that does inspire you.
In my next post, I’ll discuss the business goals I’ve set for 2010. In the mean time, leave me a comment and tell me what’s been working for you.