How to Set and Achieve Goals That Don’t Suck


Landing on the moon meant setting crazy goals.

Have you wished that you were better in some way, achieving more, etc? Have given up on those goals or dreams? It may have been because it was a stupid S.M.A.R.T. goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). I have a real problem with the “A” and the “R” in that acronym.

Who really feels inspired to achieve attainable and realistic goals? Was landing on the moon achievable and realistic? No! It was crazy! Was the internet realistic and achievable? NO! It was crazy! Was Facebook realistic and achievable? NO! It was crazy!

I’m sure you can all think of other examples, but you get my point.

The most amazing breakthroughs in every area have come as a result of someone setting a CRAZY and UNREASTIC goal! You MUST set goals that INSPIRE and MOTIVATE you, not goals that are boring and achievable.

Many goals are set in regards to money or material possessions. When we do this we are never truly fulfilled or satisfied. We must set “BEING” and “CONTRIBUTING” goals as well:

• Being goals: who you want to BE, at work, for your spouse, your kids, etc.
• Contributing goals: how you want to make the world a better place.

Write down now, for at least 60 seconds, what kind of person you want to be. Then write down how you want to change the world. Remember, don’t make these S.M.A.R.T.! They must be grand and unbelieveable.

Managing Your Time to Achieve Your Goals

If you don’t take charge of your calendar and your life, other people will fill it up with their agendas, taking away from your pursuit of your goals. More than that, you cannot manage what you do not measure. So in order to get to where you want to be, you have to control your time. This means you have to plan your days and then assess how well your plan worked.

You must time block and book ahead as much as possible. This will help you manage your own time and keep others from taking you away from your target.

You must also enter what ACTUALLY happened at the end of the day, week, and month. Then you must regularly analyze your activities to see which are your most valuable (moving you towards your goals), and which activities you need to delegate (mowing your lawn, groceries, house cleaning, bookkeeping, etc). You can also look at whether the time you’ve blocked off in advance is being used that way or if you’re always changing the plan for other things. If this is happening too much, you may need to reassess your planning process.

Make Your Mind Work For You

Make your mind work FOR YOU instead of letting it run amok and ruin your chances at true happiness and fulfilment. Positive thinking is a powerful tool that you can use to reach your goals!

The Pygmalion effect was discovered by psychologists Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson in the late 60s. It showed that a leader’s expectations have an effect on the followers’ performance. In the study, when teachers had higher expectations of their students, the students’ grades improved. Remember this with your team, your clients, your loved ones: you get what you expect.

This works on yourself too: if you believe you can do it, you can do it, but if you don’t, you definitely won’t. As Henry Ford once said, “if you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Anytime you feel discouraged, down or fearful simply take ACTION. Never decrease a target if you’re not hitting it, simply INCREASE effective actions (most valuable actions). Take responsibility for your situation, don’t play the victim (that doesn’t get you anywhere). Remember that success will never be handed to you, you have to go and GET IT.

Choose long term success over short term pleasure.

Our brains have not adapted from the caveman days where we had to always be on alert for what could hurt us, what was wrong. There are no sabre toothed tigers chasing you now, I promise.

Learn to focus on what’s RIGHT and what you WANT, rather than falling into the ”normal” way of being (complaining, gossiping, focusing on what is wrong or what could possibly go wrong).

In Conclusion

Stop setting stupid goals! Anything realistic and attainable is not worth dreaming about. It will not get you out of bed in the morning.

Let yourself dream, like you did when you were a kid. Set really high expectations for yourself! Create unrealistic and crazy goals, goals that inspire you and pull you towards them because they are inspiring.

Be in charge of your future by controlling your world with proper planning, tracking, and measuring, and by controlling your mind with positive thoughts and expectations of success.

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Kelli-Rae Tamaki

Kelli-Rae is truly passionate about successful business, and believes it can always be better, which is why she has spent 22 years studying, running, coaching and consulting with businesses, just like yours.
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