“If you don’t know where you want to go, any road will get you there”
The other day you worked out what it is that you want to achieve and you picked the five goals that will have the biggest effect on your business in the next year. Today we’re going to chunk them down to manageable steps, and look at ways to keep them strong in your mind.
Chunking Down the Goals
Firstly, just writing the goal isn’t going to make it happen. You need to take action, and you need to work out what has to happen first, then the next step, and the next, and so on.
Take your first goal and list out everything you have to do on the way to achieving that goal. Organise that list into a logical sequence, and then work out what has to be done on a month by month and then week by week basis to reach that goal.
Planning your goals this way makes them achievable. Instead of a huge goal in 12 months that looks enormous, now all you have to focus on is this weeks tasks. And then next weeks tasks. No task should be so large that it’s overwhelming – if you have any like that then you need to break it down to the smallest possible task.
Do this for all the goals on your list.
Keep the Dream Alive
So we’ve decided what we want, and we’ve chunked it down into easy tasks. Now what? Well, now we need to focus on the big picture – the end goal – while working on the everyday tasks. If we only focus on the small tasks, that weeks work, then we lose sight of what we’re aiming for and can find it hard to be motivated.
Every day, at least once a day and preferably a couple of times, I want you to sit down for five minutes and visualise yourself at the end of the 12 months, having achieved those five goals.
Two Parts of Visualisation
Firstly I want you to read your goals aloud. With excitement in your voice. Don’t whisper them so no-one else will hear, read them aloud in a strong voice. This uses three of your senses – eyes, mouth and ears – and implants those goals into your subconscious.
Secondly I want you to close your eyes and imagine you’ve achieved your goals:
SEE the end result of those goals, imagine you’re looking at your Sales figures printout and the $$$ at the bottom is the goal you set.
FEEL the pride in having achieved that. Allow yourself to feel the sense of achievement of having a great business.
SEE your business growing further, and being strong and successful. FEEL how that would feel for you.
Just Do It
The visualisation is the part that most people don’t do. They don’t see the point. Sadly, the visualisation is what really keeps them motivated and helps drive them forward towards the end goal. Don’t let this be you.
Practice it. Make the visualisation of your goals a habit. Trust me on this and Just Do It!
Melinda is the founder of SuperWAHM.com and started the site to share her learnings to help other Work At Home Mums become more independent and able to spend time with their families