There is little argument that goal setting is vital to success. It works in sports. It works in business. It works relative to personal finances. Goals are the road to achievement.
But often overlooked, and certainly underappreciated, is goal sharing. As sports psychologist Grant Parr shares in his book, The Next One Up Mindset:
“You need to be willing to share your goals with others. To tell your friends and family, coaches and bosses about them so that there will be someone else out there who will help hold you accountable. Without accountability, goals are meaningless.”
Parr offers sage advice. Having a goal is great. But its complete and total effectiveness only happens when you have the courage to let someone else know about it. With that simple act, you become vulnerable, to be sure. But it’s that vulnerability that will inspire you to press on when you otherwise might not.
As speaker and personal development influencer Lewis Howes reminds in his book, The School of Greatness, “A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a set of clear goals.”
As Howes implies, there is nothing wrong with dreams, but without goals your ability to live those dreams is impaired. And goals are great, if not vital. But if you don’t have them tied to an underlying dream, the inspiration to see your goals through will be lacking.
Without both a dream and the goals to achieve it, Howes states, “you are apt to wander in a clueless and purposeless fog.”
Don’t get stuck in this state. Stop to envision the dreams you have for yourself, both personally and professionally. Then attach to those dreams clear and realistic goals. After all, the dreams will fuel your efforts with purpose. And your goals will provide clues as to how you can see them through.
Successful people have goals. They have goals for lots of things. Networking activity. Prospecting efforts. Sales made. Referrals made and received. And much, much more.
Successful people have goals. They write them down. They share their goals with others. They review them often.
Successful people have goals. Goals that, from time to time, they fail to hit. And they’re okay with that. Why? Because successful people tend to set goals that stretch them and make them work. As a result, they risk failing.
But successful people know that falling short of a goal is no great sin. They realize that the real potential mistake is setting their goals too low. Why?
Because successful people understand that with easily attainable goals, they may always hit their mark. But by always hitting their mark they are, in essence, leaving money on the table.
No doubt, you have goals for yourself. If you’re aspiring to be more, you should. Additional professional designations. Sales targets. Career achievements. Fitness. Professional development. If you do have goals, that’s great. After all, study after study has shown that people who have goals are more successful than those who don’t.
But do you know what? Similar studies have also demonstrated that those who share their goals with others are far more successful than those who just have goals that they keep to themselves. Interesting, isn’t it? This action seems to keep you on track.
Knowing this, doesn’t it make sense to share your hopes, dreams and aspirations with select people in your network?
While it may seem risky to do so, being vulnerable like this has the added bonus of further building your relationship with those in whom you’ve confided. They will rally around you. Cheer for you. And have an incentive to help you more.
So, have a goal. And share a goal with someone you know.
Romanelli, boys’ soccer coach for the seven-time state champion St. Francis
DeSales high school, drills this notion into his players: “Tomorrow is Never
encourages them to set lofty goals and work hard to achieve them. But then he
reminds them that no matter what, nothing is for sure.
They might be better prepared, but a bad stretch could turn the whole game.
They might have the better team, but a fluke goal could end the season.
They might be incredibly fit and yet an unfortunate misstep could end a career.
is never promised. But this mantra is not limited to the soccer pitch.
life, there are no guarantees either. Have hopes, dreams and aspirations and
work tirelessly to achieve them. However, always remember that sometimes fate
has its own plan and that there is always the potential for outside forces to
intervene. Tomorrow is never promised.