I’ve talked a lot about goals on this blog before, but recent events have made think about sticking to the plan. It’s very easy to write goals and put them into action, but then suddenly something might come along and tempt you away from what you really want.
Today I want to talk about sticking to the goals, even if it means saying ‘no’ to short-term wins.
Stick To The Plan
After a recent meeting about a potentially exciting opportunity, I was forced to think about the possibility of relocating and working for a highly demanding environment.
This job sounded incredible, but after a call I was disheartened. I had been in a culture like this before – condescending bros with plenty of ego to make up for their lack of experience. It made me think long and hard about what it is I want for the future. Where I want to be, and what I want to create. I have goals, but the truth is that this opportunity would have taken me away from them, and not towards.
I’ve had several moments similar to this. Another was a few years ago, we were getting ready to spend the day with a group of people, after having spent the previous few weekends with other groups of people. Suddenly, it seemed like I could see the next 10 years of weekends evaporate in front of my eyes. I knew that if something didn’t change, every weekend would be accounted for. That’s when I decided to move to another country where the cost of living is much cheaper and the public transport means I have more time in the evenings to spend on my projects. I also have fewer obligations and I can spend my time working on things I want to do.
Ask yourself – what is it that you want to achieve? Then look around and ask why it is you haven’t already achieved it.
Design Your Life
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn
Write Down Your Goals
Recognise that the world is full of people with their own objectives and goals, and that you need to solidify yours if you want to succeed. Do you want to create your own startup? Or write a book, graphic novel or screenplay (or all three?) Or is it your dream to become an expert in something? Figure out what you want to do, write it down and then commit to doing something every day that moves you towards your goals.
In fact, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly.
The second you commit to something is the second other people cannot disrupt you.
You will also be able to notice when something comes along that distracts you from your goals.
“Success equals goals; all else is commentary.”
– Brian Tracy
If you don’t decide now what it is that you want, someone else will hire you to do what they want.
Making Your Plan
A few months ago, I decided I wanted to take a short holiday. I’d had a stressful few months in work and needed to relax. The problem was that people were talking about coming over to meet us around the same time. I realised there and then that if I didn’t put a plan in place and book something, I wouldn’t get to take a break.
The minute I booked our hotel was the minute other people would have to schedule their time around us. It made me realise that this is the case for everything. Having flakey half baked ideas will get steamrolled by others who are more determined than you.
Do something today that means you are committed to finishing your project. Commit yourself by taking some kind of action that means you cannot go back on your goals.
I have a very specific goal to complete the alpha of the product I’m working on before July. Last week I bought the hosting and domain, and this week I’m working to complete it (way ahead of my July deadline).
Without taking action, the goals you have written are just ‘wishy thinking’ which will not get anyone anywhere. This isn’t ‘The Secret’ after all.