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Importance of Setting Goals

For the past few weeks, I have been listening to an audio called “The Art of Exceptional Living” by Jim Rohn, and there was a segment yesterday about setting goals for yourself. Personally, I feel that setting goals and writing them down are crucial for you success, and it’s something that I have stressed to both my coaches and customers. How do you know what to work towards if you don’t have a set goal? Short answer, you don’t. For those of you who are starting P90X or have just become a coach on Team Next Level and haven’t written down your goals yet, I can assure you that you will start doing so once you finish reading this post.

So, why is it important to set goals for yourself? Like I mentioned above, when you have something to work towards, your mind will pave the way to success. What I mean by that is that once you have a set goal, your mind will develop a plan for you to reach that goal. I’m not saying that once you set a goal you automatically go into robot mode and do everything you need to in order to reach the goal, but once you can visualize success, you will start putting together a plan of action to achieve that goal. Once you figure out what that goal is, make sure you write it down and put it somewhere you will be able to see it every day. Why? It’s simple, really. How easy is it to forget something that you have just thought about and not written down? Very easy. When your goal is right smack in front of you every day, you can’t ignore it, and if you do, you better believe it will haunt you while you sleep!

There are different types of goals. You have short-term, medium-term (I just made that up, but it fits!), and long-term. First, let’s talk about short-term goals. What are short-term goals? These are goals that you plan on accomplishing in the short term. Get it? This can be a day or even a week. Something I do every day to make sure I accomplish my short-term goals is create a To-Do-List. With a To-Do-List, I am constantly reminded about what I set out to accomplish for the day. Plus, by writing it down I can’t forget about it. Melinda and I create out To-Do-Lists each night before bed. You want to be successful? Create a To-Do-List. Put “work out” on your list every day and see how hard it is not to work out!

Medium-term goals are what I like call monthly goals. For example, I might create a medium-term goal of losing 10lbs in a month. If I write that down, look at it every night, you better believe that I’m going to make sure I do my best to reach that goal! Each day I’m going to do everything possible so that I accomplish that goal of losing 10lbs in a month. Or, if I’m a new coach on Team Next Level, I might have a medium-term goal of reaching Emerald Status in one month, which is actually a very reasonable goal. If you write it down, you’re going to do something every day so that you reach that goal.

Long-term goals are what you ultimately strive for. However, you can’t reach your long term goals if you don’t have short-term or medium-term goals. Short-term and medium-term goals keep you focused and doing positive things every day in order to reach your long-term goals. Take some time to really think about a reasonable, but tough goal for you to aim for. Long-term goals can be 1 year, 5 years, or even 25 years, but it’s got to be something that’s going to take quite a while for you to accomplish.

As I said above, you need to set your goals high. If you set a goal too low, you’re not going to accomplish nearly what you could as if you would set you goal high. For example, let’s say that I create a goal of making $25,000 after one year from a part-time business that I just started. I’m going to develop a plan of action to accomplish that goal. However, let’s say that the same person would have created a goal of making $50,000 instead of $25,000. Don’t you think that his plan would involve working harder to achieve his higher goal? You better believe it! This is why it’s very important that you set your goals high!

If you don’t write down your goals, you’re selling yourself short because you can accomplish much more by doing so. It’s a proven fact that creating short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals AND writing them down helps you become more successful! Start creating your To-Do-List every day and begin forming a long-term goals for yourself, and you will start moving in the right direction. I can tell you that much of my success of because of creating goals for myself. I don’t quit until I reach them, and you shouldn’t either!

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