Good morning Believe Nation, today’s message is have goals. Over to you Eric Worre.
My future plan is about this thick, typed. It’s usually about 40 pages or so. And it includes everything. And today, more than ever, what you’ll find with top leaders, what you’ll find with successful people, is they’re forward thinking, they’re future thinking and that future starts to pull them towards those objectives.
So I set my goals pretty high and I’ve set my calendar far in advance, I’m planning, I still have some spontaneity, room for spontaneity, but more and more, as the demands on my time are growing exponentially, I have to plan and what I’ve, I’ve done this for, gosh, 25 years, so look back and look forward.
Look back, take inventory, be honest, and look forward and map it out. So I want you to think about short-term, mid-term, long-term goals for you, personally and for your team.
“What you’ll find with top leaders, what you’ll find with successful people, is they’re forward thinking, they’re future thinking and that future starts to pull them towards those objectives.” – Eric Worre
Evan: When you have specific goals, you’re much more likely to follow through. When you know where you’re going, and you’ve clearly defined it, you’re much more likely to achieve and hit that target. The challenge then becomes making sure you have meaningful goals that support you.
I look at my Mastermind Group, there’s a collection of entrepreneurs, we get together once a month, and we have goals as a part of what we do. There’s short-term goals, and what you’re going to get done before the end of next month, so before you come and meet at the next meeting, here are the three things that you need to do in your business and in your life to make some forward progress.
And it’s self-defined, it’s not me saying here’s your goals, you need to come with your goals and say here’s what I need to get done before the end of our next meeting and then we have an annual goal.
By December 31st of this year, what does your business look like? And we force it to be a quantifiable goal, it has to be specific, we have to be able to measure it, it’s not just I want to feel happy about my life, it’s got to be something that’s tangible. Most people pick a revenue goal cos that’s a significant, meaningful goal in their business, it doesn’t have to be revenue, but it has to be quantifiable.
“You need to come with your goals and say here’s what I need to get done before the end of our next meeting and then we have an annual goal.” – Evan Carmichael
So I have goals, I have a goal to hit a million YouTube subscribers on my channel, it’s not just that that’s the goal that I want and when I accomplish that, then it’s game over, then I’ve won, I still respect and enjoy the process, I enjoy making the videos much more than just hitting that goal but that goal, allows me to align my plans.
I have a goal to hit gold in Living Legends and so I have a plan to work on accomplishing that and not all of your goals need to be growth-oriented, sometimes a goal is just maintaining your habits. Now I have a goal to be a good husband. If that’s your goal, just in itself, it’s hard to live up to because what does that mean? It’s not specific enough.
And so for me, there’s three things that I do everyday that’s on my list, that means being a good husband, things that are important to my wife and important for me and so I try to do these three things every single day and when I do that, then I’ve kind of checked the boxes, like I’m doing the things that I need to do to be a good husband. And so when you can quantify, when you can get specific around the goal, you’re much more likely to accomplish that goal.
The trick then becomes making sure that you have goals that support you in being that best version of yourself. Do you know what a good picture looks like in the future? Do you have a goal that is motivating and meaningful to you? So as an example, I was listening to a motivational DVD or CD, years ago and the guy’s talking about goal setting and he’s talking about write down your goals, and he’s very energetic, write down your goals, and, you know, if you want to make a sculpture, write down make a sculpture, if you want to make a painting, write down make a painting and so, his energy influenced me to want those things, yeah, yeah, I want to make a sculpture, write make a sculpture, I want to make a painting too, look at how exciting that sounds, I want to make a painting and then when I came back to it, at the end of the day, I don’t really want to make a sculpture, I don’t really want to make a painting and so having goals like that didn’t ultimately serve me and so that’s the trick, figuring out what are the goals that if you accomplish these things, it’s going to serve you playing at the level that you want to play at, having the clarity to understand where you want to go and writing those things down, because if you can accomplish those things, it means that you are living the life that you want to live and once you get really specific, again, you’re much more likely to follow through than if you have no game plan and no goals.
“When you can quantify, when you can get specific around the goal, you’re much more likely to accomplish that goal.” – Evan Carmichael
So the question of the day today is, I’m curious, what are three of your goals?
In your life or in your business, what are three goals that if you hit, it’s going to make you feel really good and it’s a sign that your life and your business are on track. Leave it in the comments below, super curious to find out, and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Juha Sipinen, I hope I pronounced that okay, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, it really, really, really means a lot to me and I hope you’re enjoying it.
Thank you guys again for watching, I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Evan: What’s up Believe Nation, for those of you who want a little more detail on creating goals and the importance to your life and business, I think you’re going to enjoy these special bonus clips.
I want to talk a little bit about goals, along the lines of how do you lose 37 pounds and write a book? I’m just going to kind of give you that as an example. For 24 years of my adult life, by choice, I weighed well over 200 pounds. I say by choice, because you see, I have never accidentally eaten anything. I mean it’s always been deliberate, and when I choose to eat too much today, I have chosen to weigh too much tomorrow.
You can choose to set goals and realize your potential or you can choose not to set them. Now, if you choose not to set them, you’ve got to understand that the consequences are not going to be good down the road. For 24 years I was going to lose that weight, as a matter of fact, in 24 years I lost several thousand pounds of weight. How many of you already know exactly what I’m talking about? But it wasn’t until I wrote it down, put a date on it, listed the obstacles I had to overcome, identified the people, the groups, the organizations I needed to work with, spelled out a plan of action, set that time limit in there, and identified all of the benefits to me, it was only when I did that that the goal became a reality and I lost the weight.
“You can choose to set goals and realize your potential or you can choose not to set them.” – Zig Ziglar
For 10 or 15 years I was going to write a book, you know anybody who’s going to do just a whole lot of things, folks? I was going to write a book. But it wasn’t until I got busy writing the book and writing the plans first, before the book ever materialized now if this sounds like I’m trying to sell you on having goals, how many of you are getting close already? How many of you are becoming convinced quite quickly that you need to have those goals? There’s no question about it.
The immortal J. C. Penney, many, many years ago, said give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who’ll make history but give me a man without a goal and I’ll give you a stock clerk. Now the interesting thing is goals do not care who has them and let me give you a classic example of the way they work. In 1950, a war torn, devastated Japan, a nation that had lost an incredibly high percentage of its young men, their cities were in ruins, they’d been bombed out, but in 1950, they got together, they meaning industry and government, got together and set a goal.
The goal was, we’re going to be the number one nation in the world during the 1950s in the production of textiles. In 1959, ladies and gentlemen, they accomplished that objective. In 1960 they set another goal. We’re going to be the number one nation in the world in the production of steel. Now, when you understand there’s no iron ore in Japan of any significance, there’s no coal of any significance there, we’re going to be the number one nation in the world in the production of steel, it seems like an absurd goal and yet they reached their objective, they’d taken all of the steps. In 1970, the Japanese set another goal, they said during the 70s, we’ll be the number one nation in the world in the production of automobiles.
They missed it folks, one year. It took ’em until 1980. In 1980, they set another goal and this time their goal was we’re going to be the number one nation in the world in the production of computers and electronics. Yes, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, you absolutely must have those goals.
The general principle is I am pro goal, right? I am pro paramaters, you know? There is this good story in the book about a woman named Elise Blaha Cripe who is a serial crafter and she makes all this stuff and she shares it with the world and she’s incredibly prolific and her whole advice is, she says people are always telling you to think outside the box, she says my advice, is to get in the box, basically, make yourself a box, make yourself these parameters, these goals, whatever, again, it’s not something that’s being imposed on you, that’s really the clear point, it’s not like someone’s saying here’s your goal, here’s what you should do, no, it’s you, things that you select for yourself but I believe there’s so much possibility in those parameters, or in those constraints, as we talked about, so whether it’s my goal is to climb Mount Everest or maybe it’s the 10 mountains, or something, and stages are also good. Set stages or milestones, the levels in Mario Brothers, for me, it was 50 countries, 100 countries, then it was every continent, once I’d finished all of Africa, that was a big thing. So I do think it’s important to celebrate small wins along the way.
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