Goal Setting Tip-Take off Your Blindfold


You must know where you are going if you are going to get there. Studies have shown that those who write their goals and create a plan for achieving them are up to 20 times more likely to be successful than those who don’t. Yet, an astonishing 94% still do not follow through.

The last time you traveled by air, do you think your pilot simply had a destination in mind and then pointed the plane in that direction? No, your pilot knew exactly where to go and had a detailed plan for reaching your destination. And so it is with you. In order to reach your destination, you need to know the destination and plan your trip to success.

In all of my mastermind groups, one of the first exercises we perform is a wonderful illustration of how difficult it is to achieve success when you have no plan. This is an exercise similar to the old “pin the tail on the donkey” game we all played as children. Each participant is asked to choose a spot on the wall and commit it to memory. They are then blindfolded and spun around and around. They are then turned loose to put their finger on the point they had in their mind. Not surprisingly, not a single participant out of over 80 has ever been able to do so. Yet when the blindfold is taken off and they are asked to put their finger on the spot, every single one is able to do so. “Well of course, ” you say, “it’s only common sense that they could do it when they could see!” Exactly. But 94% are going through life blindfolded. And it is by their own choosing.

It is imperative that you have clear, written goals and a plan for how to reach them. Equally important is that you understand WHY these are your goals. Unless you are clear on the reason behind the goals, your much more likely to bail out of the boat as soon as the first storm appears on the horizon. I call this process “drilling down,” because you are really drilling down to the very core of who you are to determine your real reason for wanting success.

I cannot and will not presume to set your goals for you, or to tell you why they should be important to you. However, through a series of questions, examples, and other exercises, you can find them for yourself. But until you do, it is highly likely (about 95% to be exact) that you will continue along the road to mediocrity or worse.

Does anyone strive for mediocrity? Do you? Then now is the time to do something about it. Not tomorrow or next week, but now. If not, why not? If not now, then when?

Source by Greg Beverly

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