Are You Creating Actual Goals or Merely Intentions?

Step 3 of avoiding burnout and maintaining clarity while building your business – unleashing the power of goal setting.

Are you creating intentions, or actual goals?

Find out in this video, and the awesome power of both creating and sharing your goals.

I’m sharing tips on how to avoid burnout and maintain clarity while building your business. So far we’ve looked at taking 100% responsibility for your life, and deciding what you want. Today we’re gonna talk about unleashing the power of goal setting.

Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” And that’s exactly what goal setting is all about.

What is a goal? A goal is something that you want that is measurable in time and space. By time and space I mean how much by when.

There’s a big difference between having an intention and having a goal. An intention is something such as, “We would like to grow or double our sales.” That’s an intention. The goal version of that would be, “We will increase our sales to one million dollars by June 12th, 2019 at 5 p.m.”

With the first I could not come in and say whether or not it had been done by a specific date and time. The second one, the goal, I can come in, or anyone could come in and say, yes, you do or do not have sales of one million dollars on June 12th, 2019 at 5 p.m.

A typical process for goal setting is starting at a five year goal or maybe a three year goal. You start with something a few years in the future, let’s say a three year goal. You then break that into one year goals, and then from one year you go monthly, and then from monthly to weekly, and then weekly you have daily goals.

Daily goals are what are called the Rule of Five. The Rule of Five is this: you do five things everyday that are going to lead to the achievement of your breakthrough goal. What does that look like? Let’s say you want to write and publish a book. That is for you a breakthrough goal. Your Rule of Five one day might be:

  1. Find five authors in my LinkedIn network
  2. Contact one of my author connections
  3. Research what publishers want in order to publish a book
  4. Find a book on, perhaps ironically, writing and publishing a book
  5. Create a list of ten potential topics.

To illustrate the power of goal setting, one of my coaching clients, Harry, asked me one day, “What is the difference between how I’m doing goals now and how I did goals before?” My first question to him was, “Did you achieve any of your previous goals.” And he said, “No.” I said, “Did you write down your goals?” “No.” “Did you have them measurable in time and space, with a specific date and time of when you wanted these goals to be achieved?” “No.” “Did you share your goals with anyone?” “No.”

Everything that he did was different. What was amazing is each week we worked together, Harry would increase his goals. He would put two, three, four X the number of goals or the size of his goals and each week he would achieve them.

If you go through this process and you write your goals as they are measurable in time and space, “I will have X by this date and this time,” it is a very powerful exercise for achieving your goals. And that is a lot different than a lot of people do.

A lot of people have intentions. What you want are goals that you are working towards.

What are you doing to unleash the power of goal setting in your life? And what results have you gotten? I want to know.

Leave a comment below. I can’t wait to hear about it.

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