Hello, Believe Nation!
Today I’m going to talk about the seven things you must do to achieve your goals.
So one of the things I find with a lot of entrepreneurs is we set goals, right. We have goals, upon goals, upon goals, we have to-do lists a mile high and we just keep setting goals and we don’t necessarily actually follow through or achieve them. And so tody I’m going to share with you my seven ways to actually get your goals accomplished.
#1: Set The Right Goals
Number one is set the right goals. This is really important.
A lot of times we don’t set the right goals for us.
We set the goals that we think we should do or that other people want for us, but not the ones that are actually right for us.
I think of an example when I was listening to an audiobook on goal setting and the speaker was talking about, in a really passionate manner, write down all your goals.
If you want to be a painter, write down create a masterpiece.
If you want to make a sculpture, write that down, create a sculpture.
If you want to write a score for a song, write that down.
And we go, oh wow, that sounds so interesting.
I want to do that. I want to paint something, why not?
“If you don’t care about the goal and actually accomplishing it, or if you’re doing it just for somebody else and it doesn’t really mean something to you, then you’re never going to follow through.” – Evan Carmichael
I want to make a sculpture. Yeah, it’s awesome. And then I come back to it and I realize, you know what? I don’t actually want to make a sculpture.
I got kind of wrapped up in the moment, listening to the excitement of this speaker, but it wasn’t something that I actually deep down wanted to do and so you really want to make sure that the goals you set for yourself are ones that even when you come back to a week later, a month later, still resonate with you.
Like, the goal has to mean something.
If you don’t care about the goal and actually accomplishing it, or if you’re doing it just for somebody else and it doesn’t really mean something to you, then you’re never going to follow through.
So I’d really force you to audit your goals and look at them and examine them and think, do these actually excite me? Do I have the right goals that I want to build around and then you can focus on worrying about the steps to achieve them.
#2: Have An Important Why
Number two is have an important why. And this aligns closely with the first one.
Why is this so important?
Why is it so important that you go out and accomplish that goal?
It has to come from a deep reason that really resonates with you, otherwise it’s just going to be a wishlist.
And we all have a wishlist. We all have, again, that to-do list that’s a mile high and the ones that you actually, deeply, meaningfully care about, you have a strong why attached to it, those are the ones that you’re going to do.
“If you can’t figure one out, then drop the goal because you’re never going to get it done.” – Evan Carmichael
Too often, though, we only do the things that we’re forced to do. You do it because a customer is asking for it, or you do it because, you know, somebody in your family is forcing you to do it. You don’t actually do it because you have a deep why for it and so really important is when you look at your goals, attaching a strong why to each one.
If you can’t figure one out, then drop the goal because you’re never going to get it done.
It’s just going to continue to be a wishlist and we want to move it from the wishlist to actually a list of goals that we’re going to accomplish.
#3: Take Daily Action
Number three is take daily action. If this is important to you that you accomplish this goal then you have to schedule it in daily.
Look at your calendar and schedule time for it to happen daily. It doesn’t have to be a ton of time.
Doesn’t mean that you now have five hours a day to spend on this, but everyday you need to take some kind of action, even if it’s small, at least half and hour, moving forward on your goal, especially if you’re doing this part time.
You have a full-time job, you have a family to take care of, you’ve got lots of demands for your time, you need to carve out the time.
“If you’re constantly just doing the little things, which is the sand and then the pebbles, you never have time to do the big things, which are your rocks.” – Evan Carmichael
If you don’t carve out the time to accomplish your goals, the rest of your life will take over.
It would happen there’s this theory of big rocks first. Image you’ve got sand, you’ve got pebbles and you’ve got big rocks.
If you put the sand in first, and then the pebbles and you put the big rocks into a jar, it won’t all fit together. It’s going to overflow. But if you put the big rocks in first, then the pebbles will come in and will fit around the big rocks, and then the sand will come in and fit around the pebbles and it will all fit into the jar. That jar is your schedule.
If you’re constantly just doing the little things, which is the sand and then the pebbles, you never have time to do the big things, which are your rocks.
If this is important to you, then you put the big rocks in first.
Adjust your calendar, adjust your schedule, so that the things that you want to accomplish, that are on that goal list, are in your weekly calendar, so that you’re doing something consistently on it.
And then the rest of life will be the pebbles and sand and will find ways to take up your time, but you need to defend that time in your calendar to work on the important goals.
#4: Commit To Somebody Else
Number four is commit to somebody else. You’re way more likely to follow through on something when you commit to somebody else.
When you tell a friend, family member, a colleague, that you are going to do something, you’re much more likely to do it. You know, I told Jason I’m going to be here at 8:30 in the morning to film this video, I showed up here at 8:30 in the morning.
When you don’t commit to somebody else, when it’s just you committing to yourself, you’re really likely to let yourself down.
We are not great accountability partners for ourselves. We will let ourselves down constantly.
And so when you can commit to somebody else, your chances of achieving your goal go up dramatically.
“Having an accountability partner, committing to someone else to say you’re going to do it and having them hold your feet to the fire a little bit, helps make sure that you’re going to accomplish your goals.” – Evan Carmichael
So you could do it through a buddy system, you know, maybe have a spouse that you want to do this with, maybe you have a friend that you want to do this with, maybe there’s somebody else in your industry that you want to do this with, where you have your monthly goals or weekly goals and you connect.
You may do it through a mastermind group. That’s what I do for myself. We’ve got eight people in a mastermind group and we meet, physically, once per month to talk about our goals, and then every member is partnered up with somebody else in the group and every week you have a phone call with them.
It could be just 10, 15-minute phone call once a week, to make sure that you do the things that you say you’re going to do. So here’s what I want to get done before our meeting next month. And then you have a weekly call to say how you’re making forward progress on it or not.
And what you hate doing is reporting to your partner that you didn’t do it. And so having that weekly accountability helps makes sure that you’re making forward progress and sometimes that person needs to hold your hand a little bit and sometimes that person needs to light a fire under your butt a little bit. Just depends on the role.
Depends where you’re at. But having an accountability partner, committing to someone else to say you’re going to do it and having them hold your feet to the fire a little bit, helps make sure that you’re going to accomplish your goals.
#5: Model Success
Number five is model success. One of my favorite things to do to accomplish any goal is to model success.
I find somebody who’s already accomplished what I want to do, figure out what worked for them, and then try it in my business.
This is what saved my first company. At the beginning I had to do everything myself. I tried to come up with every new idea myself. I thought I was a creative person and I could solve this problem. And I could solve a lot of problems, but you know what’s even faster, is finding someone else that’s already solved it and then just tweak their system to make it work for you.
You know, Starbucks was started because Howard Schultz went to Milan in Italy and saw how the coffee shop was the center of life in Italy, it was the third home, between home, work, it was the third meeting spot.
And he looked at North America and he saw like the Dunkin’ Donuts of the world, where it’s just in and out, you don’t really spend any time in a Dunkin’ Donuts. And he said I want to bring this Italian way of living to North America, and then later to the world.
“I could solve a lot of problems, but you know what’s even faster, is finding someone else that’s already solved it and then just tweak their system to make it work for you.” – Evan Carmichael
And it worked. Like, all he did to build a multi-billion dollar empire, one of the biggest brands in the world, was model what worked in a different market and brought it to North America. Whatever problem you’re facing right now to achieving your goal, somebody has already done it. Look to them. Understand their success.
The bigger they are, the easier it is to find out the early days, right. And that’s what you want to figure out. How Howard Schultz opens another Starbucks right now is not interesting. How he went from like zero to one, how did he build those first few stores, how did they make their first million, that is super interesting. And so that’s what you need to model to help you accomplish your goals.
#6: Bring On A Team
Number six is bring on a team. As soon as you can afford it, you want to be able to bring on a team to help you accomplish your goal because the bigger the goal is, the more people you’re going to need. And I think a lot of people have it in their head that you need to hire somebody full time and that’s going to cost X thousand dollars a year. You don’t.
The first guy I hired for my business, I hired for one hour a day. And that saved me more than one hour a day of time because he was better at doing the job than I was and it freed up my time to go off and do more important things to help me build my business.
“The bigger the goal is, the more people you’re going to need.” – Evan Carmichael
So as soon as you’re starting to make any kind of money, it doesn’t have to be a lot of money, anything, I would take a good portion of that and invest it back into bringing on somebody to help me, even if it was for one hour a day, or a couple hours a week, so that you can make forward momentum and forward progress.
You can’t do this alone. You can’t.
If you have a big goal, it’s not going to happen with just you doing everything and so the faster you can get used to bringing on a team, the better and also as a side benefit, helps build up your leadership skills so that you’re getting used to managing a team because you’re going to make a lot of mistakes too.
If you’ve never managed people before, you’re going to make a ton of mistakes, and better that it happens on a really small scale and you learn from it and get better than if it really now becomes important because you’ve hired somebody full time and it has to work.
#7: Enjoy The Process
And number seven is enjoy the process. I’ve talked about this a lot on the channel. It has to be important to you that it’s not just about achieving the goal, but it’s about enjoying the work on the way to the goal. It’s super important.
You can only force yourself to do something for so long before you give up and you quit.
If you don’t enjoy the work of what you’re doing and your only goal is achieving that outcome, you’re going to fail. You’re going to fail because you don’t enjoy the work. With the successful people who are high achievers and achieve their goals, they like the work as well.
The goal is almost secondary to the actual work. Like, my goal to hit a million YouTube subscribers is a good goal, it’s a next kind of logical step after hitting 100,000.
Great, like, here’s our goal, but much more important than hitting the million subscribers is this, is this getting better, is me enjoying the process of filming and working on how do we get the videos out there better and how do we improve the whole experience for everybody.
“If you don’t enjoy the work of what you’re doing and your only goal is achieving that outcome, you’re going to fail.” – Evan Carmichael
Like that’s what really, really, really ultimately drives me much more than just hitting the one million. Because when we hit a million, there’ll be a little win, like, great, hey a million, we get a new gold plaque or whatever YouTube sends you. Okay, let’s keep going, right.
Like, I’m not done. Like, a million is nothing. We got to keep going, keep building, keep helping entrepreneurs and so the process is more important than the goal.
The goal helps you align your process a little bit better if that’s the goal you really want to accomplish.
For me to hit a million subscribers, then I have to do certain work, I have to focus on bigger picture things on my YouTube channel, and continue to make improvements to get better, but that’s the work that I love doing. And so make sure that you are picking goals where you are not just excited about the goal, but you’re excited about the work that goes into achieving the goal as well.
So those are my suggestions for the seven things you must do to accomplish your goal.
I’d love to know, what do you think?
Which one resonated the most with you?
Which one do you need the most help with?
And did I miss an eight, nine, 10 that you want to add to the list?
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Thank you, guys, so much for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love. I’ll see you soon.