We all know the importance of goal setting…especially those of us who are self-employed.
As I train new business partners in my company, one of the very first things we do is set short-term and long-term goals. Coming into the new year, however, I’ve set my goals a bit differently.
I’ve realized that while business goals are important, long-term life goals are even more important. At the end of the day, what good is a successful business if one is simply living to build a solid business? We all know there’s more to life than that. And that greater life purpose is what fuels business success – for it’s through the flourishing of my business that my greater calling will also pursued.
I often compare this to taking a vacation. If you don’t know your ultimate travel destination, how do you prepare to get there? It’s rather silly to book a hotel or research sight-seeing activities if you haven’t decided where you are going.
In the past, I’ve simply set month-to-month business goals, adjusting them as necessary…not necessarily taking into account the larger picture at play. As 2012 came to a close, however, I took several weeks to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am now and where I desire to be. A guide that REALLY helped me accomplish this was Michael Hyatt’s Life Plan. You can get yours here. (Yes, to access it you must sign up for his weekly email. Remember, you can always unsubscribe…although, I really enjoy his weekly emails.)
Thankfully he explains the process well because drafting this life plan was not easy. It really forces you to into deep thinking about your priorities and where you see yourself in the future. Most people don’t think this way. And we’re certainly not taught to think this way. Society teaches us to go to school and pray we find a job. Hope it pays us what we feel we’re worth. Pray we’re spared during layoffs, etc. I don’t understand why we put so much more hope and faith in Corporate America when applying even a small portion of that energy into personal development would pay exponentially more.
In closing, I have to admit that my 2013 goals make me giddy. As I look back at the last two years, I see that, even with the puny goals I set for 2011 and 2012, my business doubled. Thanks to the time and effort I’ve put into drafting this life plan, I’ve created some big personal/professional goals that really excite me…and I’m on pace to triple my business this year. What a great feeling. If that’s what I’m planning for, then I can only imagine where my faith and hope will lead…
What is your experience in goal-setting or visioneering? Do you have an accountability partner to help you stay on task with your goals? I’d love to hear about your experience in this area.