OK, first a confession. I read an article recently that said we are more likely to read something if it has a number in the title (take a look at the magazine articles at the grocery checkout) and gave some amazing statistics which I don’t remember now, but I was impressed and realized that it works with me.
Then I wondered why. I think it is because there are so many demands on our time that we want to know in advance how long this going to take. If I’m reading a list I can quickly scan it and get the high points, but I don’t want to be drawn into something, even if it is interesting, and find that it is twenty or thirty pages long and I don’t have time to read it all.
Enough of that, here is your list.
- There are probably thousands of ways to get what you want, but I think they all have to start the same way: Define what you want as clearly and precisely as possible. This doesn’t have to be set in stone, you can always adjust your goal as new information becomes available. It’s been said thousands of times, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there, and you may not like where you end up.
- Map out a plan. Someone has reached your goal in the past, find out how they did it. Athletes and business leaders almost all use coaches, someone who can look at what you are doing and objectively tell you the changes necessary to achieve your goal. It’s hard to do it all on your own and one of the big reasons is “you don’t know what you don’t know.” And we all have blind spots.
- Begin. You are never going to reach your goal, desire, wish, or fantasy if you don’t start. You can always adjust, but you must begin.
- Review and assess. This is the only way to know if you are making progress in achieving your goal. You can’t just put a project on automatic pilot and see where you end up. You’ve got to watch your progress and be sure you are staying on track.
- Enjoy your success and “What’s next?” We humans seem to be wired more for the “quest” than the accomplishment of a goal. It gives us purpose and direction, but once achieved we will be looking for the next goal.
I’ve been assisting clients achieve their financial goals with these five steps for over 40 years, by providing coaching and strategies that are custom made for your lifestyle, concerns and needs. Feel free to call 972-874-8757, or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your goals.
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