Sometimes, I wonder.. if money isn’t everything, then, why are we in business in the first place? If there’s one thing that sets apart a successful person from someone who’s not – it’s achieving goals. Success can mean a lot of things to different people. It can mean building a fortune or enjoying life with having just enough. Whatever your purpose is, having long term goals is like the fuel to keep the fire of motivation burning as it helps you complete those short term goals. This leaves you with a question then: How can you achieve bigger goals and make a huge difference in this world?
Success: Journey or Destination?
If success is having worthy ideals that motivate you to progress towards these goals, it would be right to say that achievement is a journey to realizing more. You simply don’t stop. In fact, it is our innate nature to discover new territories and conquer the unknown. This challenge is what drives the human spirit, to push oneself to the edge and learn new things. This week, I have been in a state of introspection as I ponder on those far-fetched ideas that sounded odd, unrealistic.. until someone dared to make that giant leap. But then, new inventions don’t always drive innovation. In fact, last week’s #custserv chat had swerved into the topic of the iWatch and it was fun to read people’s comments on the subject. Is this idea too ambitious.. or downright absurd? We’ll have to see. For now, we have to ask ourselves if we can turn our vision into action.
What Do You Want to Achieve?
This is the only question you have to answer. It doesn’t matter what timeframe you’ve set for yourself. This year, you can’t simply row your boat in every possible direction. You have to focus. You need to steer your way to progress and be strong enough to:
Talk to your team and to your customers. You have to face reality and assess the current state of your business. This is the only way you can find ways to improve what needs fixing and amplify what’s already working.
2. Be Very Specific
You need to sit this one down and think of your goals – short term and long term. What exactly would you like to achieve next week, month, in a quarter or in a year? The key here is to reach those shorter-term goals to help you move towards achieving those longer-term goals.
3. Divide and Conquer
Divide those huge goals into smaller ones and you may even assign small teams to work on it. Here’s where you gather ideas and collaborate with each team on the baby steps needed to achieve these goals. Identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities and threats about the steps you are about to make and when you do – never be afraid to test it. You may fail and it’s totally fine; it’s part of the whole learning process.
It all comes down to balance then. Set your goals too high and you may simply lose hope if you fail. Set it too easy and you will become complacent. It is your confidence, energy and drive that will help build a momentum around your vision so you can gain the results you want in the shortest time possible.
In the meantime, celebrate those baby successes as you journey along the path to realizing those bigger goals.