Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and colleague, Arel Moodie, who built his motivational speaking career and other businesses from the ground up. He brought up a great point about big goals. I asked him about network marketing companies and his thoughts about the big goals they have members to set when they join. He said the reason MLM companies advise new members to set big goals is that it motivates them in the face of adversity, rejection and other challenges they face in marketing their business.
Goals are part of visioning. But when the rubber meets the road. When your vision conflicts with daily life, what happens then? Do you stop pursuing your goals? Do your put them in ice? Do you move them to the back burner?
Most people do.
But you don’t have to be like most people.
I have a client who went through the process of setting a big goal three years ago when we first started working together. She’s had several wins including a new job, a promotion, improved health, and more fulfilling relationships. She’s able to accomplish these things because she consistently fights for what she wants. She also understands how her successes as well as what she’s striving to accomplish ladders up to one of her major legacy goals. Among work and family commitments, you can actively make space in your life for your goals. Download my Work-Life Coaching Subscription One Sheet to find out how.
Why is this important?
Many people that I talk to have not officially committed to reaching a big goal that will change their life. Many have not opened themselves up to the possibility that they could actually achieve something of that magnitude. A lot of folks are simply too busy to entertain it. Others let work responsibilities determine their future and stop them from pursuing what they want.
Things will never be perfect. The time will never be right. Conditions will not always be sunny with a 2% chance of rain.
But when life becomes hard to manage, a big goal can give you the “umph” – the get up and go – to soldier on without losing steam. A big goal can give you purpose, meaning and a sense of destiny for your life.
A written goal gives you a reason to fight for what you want. A reason to go to bat for your hopes and dreams. A will to defend your goals and fend off anything that comes in your way.
My first suggestion for new clients is that they jot down their current and future goals. After we review their goals, I advise them to choose one to focus on. This focus is necessary when work and family situations present them with resistance against the progress they’re making. Their goal also provides me with an agenda to keep them focused on in every session.
If you are looking to tackle a goal that’s bigger than anything you can do on your own, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free 15 min coaching preview.
Thomas E. Anderson, II is a vision development coach who enjoys motivating and equipping individuals to pursue personal, professional and organizational goals that lead to a more fulfilling life. He specializes in life focus, vision development and goal acceleration.