Goals are a vital component of business; they measure your growth by assessing where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going. Without goals, you’ll have a hard time reaching your destination and the growth your business needs to continue operating. Existing without a purpose or cause is no way to run a business, let alone to guide others to success.
What is it that motivates your desire to grow as a person or as a professional? What motivates you to create programs to grow your bank account, LinkedIn followers, your business and your career?
In this blog I want to discuss 3 points that will help you stay on track with your goals and reach them:
1. Connect with people that have already achieved the goals that you want to pursue.
Recently, I took a 6-week challenge to eat healthy and lose weight at “The Camp” in Pico Rivera, Ca. I’ll tell you, it was a challenge keeping up with the five workouts that I needed to complete each week. Also, there were many foods that I needed to stay away from during these 6 weeks. I’m happy to say that I completed the challenge, which was huge for me because I had started other programs in the past but would not complete them. What set this program apart from the rest was interacting with the wonderful people who had completed not only one challenge but three. I looked to them to keep me connected and motivated. I thought to myself, "If they’ve been able to hang in here for three challenges, I'm sure I can do at least one". I connected with people who reached the goal, and that helped me reach mine.
2. Celebrate the small successes.
At 1st Advantage Business Solutions, Inc. we celebrate all small successes because we believe the journey is just as important as the destination. We celebrate a new staff member’s 90th day at the company, a new account, yearly anniversaries and National Ice Cream Day (now, that one is just because). However, celebrating the small successes during the year, keeps us feeling appreciated and purposeful. As I mentioned before, existing without purpose will destroy your desire to reach your goals. I’ve experienced that when we celebrate the small successes, it keeps us connected passionately and it’s hard to stop a person that is passionate about their work.
3. Enjoy the journey.
Kate Winslet shares a story regarding her journey to stardom. While receiving the British Academy Film Award, in the acceptance interview, she stated, “When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to ‘settle for the fat girl parts’”. Twenty-seven awards later, which include Academy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, her message was, “Look at me now!". She states that she did not let the negative advice of her drama teacher pull her down. Kate Winslet simply enjoyed the journey and the wonderful experiences fueled her passion which empowered her desires to conquer her goals.
When we connect with people in our lives that are living in the goals that we are pursuing, and we
celebrate the small successes while enjoying the journey, we will reach our goals in no time. I leave you with another inspiring story. In light of the Olympics starting next week, I want to share a quote by Jim Ryan, gold medal winner in the 1500 meter run in the 1968 games,
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Start creating a list of goals, follow the 3 points shared in this blog and practice, practice, practice.
Soon your habit of creating goals and staying the course will become a way of life.