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You Can't Hit a Missing Target–Another Success Tip for Goal-Setting

I was reviewing a client's "10 Goals in 90 Days" worksheet today and helping him to better define, plan, and create deadlines for his goals.

A few of his goals were too broad, and too big of a stretch for his stated timeframe. Although I encourage clients to stretch themselves and imagine doing or having bigger things than have before, I also make sure the goals have a good chance of success in relation to the circumstances of the client and/or their market.

Going from "zero to hero" in one day is more likely than not to fail. Success and growth is a process. Even big leaps are often the result of incremental and consistent action that finally pays off.

It's important to set goals that are measurable and have a deadline. Measurable means having some objective way of assessing its fulfillment and creates a sense of direction. Deadlines create a sense of urgency and a milestone at which to check your results or progress.

Think about it like trying to shoot an arrow at a target. The bullseye in the center might be the ultimate goal. That's what you aim for. Once you draw the bow back and let it go (take action you believe will get the arrow to the bullseye), you see where it ended up.

Did you hit the bullseye? If so, you achieved the goal. If not, you can see how close you came. Even if you didn't hit the bullseye, did you land on the target? If so, you are further along toward the goal than a moment ago, which is a partial success. And you now have information you didn't have before that allows you to assess the situation and if/what adjustments might need to be made if you want to continue to pursue the ultimate goal.

If you've never shot an arrow before, there's a lot you don't know and you're probably going to need to make several tries and assess each time what adjustments need to be made to hit the eye, or at least get closer than before. Every attempt gives you more data with which to make additional assessments and corrections.

Based on this understanding, we agreed to some adjustments that created a smaller goal in a shorter timeframe that was more realistic and allowed for assessment sooner. For example, instead of trying to get 10 new clients in a month and a half (when he hadn't even gotten his first client yet), we set the goal of 2 new clients in 2 weeks. It was more realistic since he was starting from zero and didn't yet have any experiential data to draw from, and it was a shorter timeframe of assessment to allow for quicker feedback and adjustment.

If you have some goals you've set for yourself, look them over to make sure that you have broken the larger (and relatively unfamiliar) ones down into shorter-term goals that allow for more likelihood of success as well as quicker assessment and adjustment.

Of course, working with a mentor or coach can help give you some (or a lot) of the experiential data about reaching your goal that you are missing as a "newbie." This shortcuts the learning process and allows you to do less trial and error, helping you reach your goal more quickly with less effort and frustration.

Do you need help setting and achieving goals to effectively and quickly attract your ideal clients so you can make more money with less effort and more fun? If so, I'd love to talk with you! Schedule a complimentary MMM Strategy Session with me to review your business goals and determine what experiential data you are missing in your Marketing, Mindset or Manifesting and how you can GET IT.

Your partner in success,

Lisa Smith
Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting Coach


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