The Tiger shark is very goal oriented. It knows exactly what it wants, and it goes after it. Ecologists found that tiger sharks hunt by using “directed walks”; they navigate long distances across open ocean, often at night, to specific locations. They seem to know exactly where they are going.1
Where are you going, exactly? What is your destination and how are you going to get there? Will you use a map, will you change your habits or will you create a business plan? I remember walking the streets in New York City with my husband. We didn’t have a map and were using our poor sense of direction to find the museum we had come to visit. We walked aimlessly, arguing along the way about which left or right to make. One hour turned into three hours before we arrived at our museum. If we had set specific goals, had used a map and had planned the night before, we would have saved a lot of steps on our journey. Not planning is unusual for us, but hey, it happens! We did have a goal in mind but went all about it the wrong way.
I’m sure you know the importance of goal setting, but I think oftentimes we fail to do it (like the above example). Why? Because we fear it or we think we don’t need it. Perhaps the wrong goals are being set or we’ve failed reaching our goals in the past and, therefore, think they’re impossible to achieve.
Whatever the reason, it’s almost impossible to succeed in network marketing without a plan. Ask yourself what you really want from your business and yourself. Clearly envision where you want to go and what you want to achieve. The journey will take you out of your comfort zone, but creating goals really works!
How can you become more goal oriented?
- Create a plan. This will make you proactive, versus reactive. Purchase a journal or a notebook and set it on your bedside table. Spend each morning writing down what you want to accomplish for the day, for the week, for the month. Your list might include one big goal, long-term and short-term goals, what your environment looks like, how others can help, the importance of your goal, how you will reward yourself and what habits will help you along the way.
- Create a schedule. Use a calendar or a to-do list to schedule time with yourself. What are your actions going to be for the day? Write down tasks that you want to act on, and when.
- Build relationships. Find people to grow your network. Hang out with people who are also goal-oriented. They will talk about their passions and their dreams and how they are going to realize them. Being around goal-oriented people will positively influence the way you think. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”2
- Get excited about your goal. It’s something new to focus on, and focus develops motivation. It’s all about moving in a positive direction. This new endeavor of yours is exciting, embrace it with all you’ve got!
- Review your progress. Out of sight is out of mind, and you don’t want that. You must be close to the tasks at hand, and the goal. Seeing yourself progress will motivate you to keep pushing through.
Goal setting doesn’t just apply to your business, it applies to your life as well. And, it isn’t hard. If the Tiger shark can do it…
We could never navigate dark oceans (unless you’re in a submarine), but we can focus on a target rather than waste energy moving aimlessly. Focus now and shoot for it!