Network Marketing Success Answers – Goals

Feb 13

Question:  I am self-motivated and I know what my goals are; do I really have to write them down?
Answer: Yes!

A goal is really just a dream with a plan and a deadline.   But real goal making is more complicated than just telling yourself that you want something.  Real goal making includes accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goals.  Research recently conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.  In other words, write it down and get a mentor to share your goals with.

In the previous step, I asked you to spend some time analyzing your starting point in network marketing by filling out a self-analysis form.  The reason I believe that self-analysis is so important is that it gives you a realistic picture of where you are right now and where you want to be.  Now that you understand where you stand today, you need to have an understanding of what it will take to get where you want to be.  Time to become a goal achiever.

This part of Success Answers is detailed and will take you some time to complete.  However, failure to treat your goals properly will allow you to minimize their importance and you will lose valuable time in achieving your dreams.  In fact, failure to go through the steps I describe will likely result in rationalizing away your dreams as being unachievable.

Abraham Maslow said, “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”  I am here to tell you that your Creator has great plans for you.  You are capable of greatness and understanding goals and their importance will help you achieve greatness.  Don’t sell yourself short.  Become great, become a goal achiever.

“Mind is the master power that mold and makes
and man is mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys, and a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass
Environment is but his looking glass.”
James Allen

Before we go through the process of how to properly set goals, remember that you will never have a perfect knowledge of how to get something done before you start.  You do not learn to swim by reading a book.  You learn to swim by getting in the water.  Ralph Waldlo Emerson said, “Do the thing and you will get the energy to do the thing.”
Goals are Serious Business

“A goal that is casually set and lightly taken
is freely abandoned at the first obstacle.”
Zig Ziglar

Your goals will scare you, but don’t let that stop you.  If you are not a little worried about how you will achieve your goal, it is not likely big enough.  Make your goal big and beautiful.  Make your goal something you are passionate about.  Your goal should be something you want, not just something you need.  Your wants will inspire you to do things your needs can’t get you to do.

If you knew you could achieve anything what would you want?  Don’t be afraid to go wild here.  List 30 things you REALLY want, not need:

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Now that you have written down 30 things you want, it is time to prioritize them in order of importance.  Put the top 10 from above in order of importance in the “A” group, the next 10 in the “B” group and the last 10 in the “C” group.  A1 should be what you want most and are most passionate about.  A1 should excite you and scare you at the same time.  It should be something that makes you work harder than you have ever worked before.  A1 will also be the goal that you will write down on a goal card and carry with you.  The other 29 goals will be important to remember and many of which may be accomplished on your way to achieving your A1 goal.

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Now that you have prioritized your goals and have chose the one most important, you must now build an image of your goal in your mind in the present, not the future.  When you create a present need in your mind for your desired goal; your thoughts, actions and results will attract to you what you desire.  You must make a goal card and carry it with you.  Read your goal aloud each day and put a date on when you will achieve it.

The goal card can by simple with the date on top and a statement telling yourself that you have your goal accomplished.  A phrase such as, “I am happy and excited now that …”

Do not underestimate the simple importance of your goal card.  Simply having it with you will be important because it will be a constant reminder.  If you miss the date, then reset it. Get passionate about your goal.  Take pictures of your goal, get brochures, have some fun with it.  Make it apart of your daily thoughts.

If you accomplish your goal, then choose another more grandiose goal to pursue.  Never give up, never surrender, and have fun pursuing your dreams.

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