Focus your goals.
by Shawn Thomas
In order to achieve ultimate success, you must set fewer goals.
Notice, I said fewer, not smaller. And again, we are talking life changing goals.
Now that you have primed your mind, you’re ready to get down to business and set some big, awesome, change-your-life goals.
But not too many.
Renowned co-founder of HP, David Packard said, “More companies die of indigestion than starvation.” There is valuable application to this wisdom. I cannot count how many times I’ve witnessed individuals (or companies) over-complicate their process and/or suffer from scattered or misplaced attention. To be honest, I’m no stranger to this myself, it is one reason why I’m big on writing things down.
Don’t waste your time and energy trying to improve every aspect of your life all at once. Focus on the goals that matter most. If you try to pursue too many areas at the same time, you can end up sabotaging your efforts.
If you’re main goal is to be debt free, now is not the time to start a brand new business and vow to only eat organic. Make goals that make sense.
High-performance success takes intentional, razor sharp focus. And maybe you don’t get everything you want, at least not today, but you do get what you want most As productivity consultant David Allen says, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”
As an added bonus,here is an amazing byproduct of this intentional goal setting method: even if you aren’t actively setting goals in a specific area, your overall mindset is elevated through your focus on the essential. By narrowing in on your chosen goals, you do in fact build momentum that spills into the other aspects of your life.
The key? Stay vigilant. Learn to say no to yourself and others, and save your best yes for the goals that matter most.
Steps to intentional goal setting:
First, dream big. List out what you want to achieve. In any and every area of your life This is not the place the limit yourself. Let yourself imagine every crazy thing you can. Dream big and then, take a deep breath and dream bigger.
Then, evaluate. Look at your list. Do certain items call out to you? Does something on your list tug at your gut and beg you to pursue it? Can you recognize any themes, patterns, or commonalities? Regroup your goals by category, then list them by priority.
Next, ruthlessly cut. Only keep the goals you can’t live without. If it’s not a gut-wrenching passion, kill it. It if will get in the way of your major goals, put it on a backburner -not forever, just for now. Remember, you accomplish more by focusing on less.
Now, Go deep. Now that you have found your focus, find the goals that will lead you there. Think about where you want to be in five, three, or even one year from now. Identify the markers you want to hit on the way to your major goal. Keep refining, and seeking actions you can take that will lead you to success.
Finally, get to work. Do the list. No more bullshit excuses. Just do the fucking work.
And lastly, save the other list. Even though the other items on your “dreaming big” list can’t be pursued full-throttle right now, doesn’t mean you won’t pursue them in the future. Save these thoughts. You’ll address them in due time, and if you don’t, they didn’t matter enough to begin with.
Here’s the bottom line, if you’re serious about achieving success, you’re going to have to do things differently than you have before. Stop trying to do it all and only do what you can’t live without.
Most won’t, I will. Will you?
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