Have you ever caught yourself setting goal after goal with little to no success in achieving any of them?You start a new goal, and you’re excited, almost over the moon, but within a few days that energy has diminished, and you throw in the towel? On a recent Success Talks podcast I listened to, the Success staff played an archived clip from Jim Rohn where he addressed, as he called it, “The Simple Art of Goal Setting.” His method of goal setting is one that he learned from his mentor, John Earl Shoaff, at the early age of 25 and it goes something like this:
- Decide what you want.
- Write it down. Make a list.
- Keep the old lists.
- Check things off your list.
1. Decide What You Want…and Why.For many people, myself included, a goal is some significant thing you want to achieve. It could be getting the big promotion that lands you in the corner office, becoming debt-free, reading 24 books in a year, or heck, it could even be getting down to 4% body fat for a bodybuilding competition. But what I didn’t realize for the longest time is: there are small goals too. For example, small goals could be things like expressing an idea in the weekly staff meeting, monitoring your budget carefully, reading for 30 minutes per day, or hitting the gym 2-3 times each week.
Define Your “Why”But to take Jim’s first step a little further, I recommend deciding your “why.” Deciding your “why” means that you list the reasons that you want to achieve your goal. For example, do you want a big promotion at work because you’re chasing more money? Or, are you hoping to acquire accolades and bragging rights? Or are you looking to provide a better life for your family? Defining your “why” is going to help you stay focused on your goal, and achieving it when it starts to get complicated or seemingly impossible.
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