Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” In other words, Dream Big.
His quote has been a guiding principle in my life. I have big dreams, believe me, and I set big goals. Do I achieve them all? Of course not. But I have achieved more than I expected to because I set audacious goals.
Are you where you want to be in your life right now? In your business? Your relationships? If you are like most of us, the answer is no. There are always more deals to make, more memories to create, and more satisfaction to gain. Where you want to be in your life are your goals. Since those goals are yet to be realized, they can be considered dreams. Dreams are the visualization of where we want to be, whether in business or our personal lives. The bigger the dream, the bigger the goal.
If you set goals based on your daily tasks and what you need to accomplish in the immediate future without thinking about the long-term, you’re making a mistake.
It’s important that you have the end in mind when you set goals. You need to think about what you want for your whole life and work backwards, thinking about the next twenty, ten, and five years. Then, you can set the short-term goals. But if you work the opposite way, you may drift somewhere you never intended to be.
IF YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS, YOU MUST HAVE AUDACIOUSLY BIG GOALS. you must dream big
For this first step in the goal achievement process, I want you to come up with outlandish dreams and goals. What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime, not 1 or 5 years, but your lifetime? Remember, this is just a starting point.
Once you have your big “lifetime” goal, it helps to break it down into smaller parts and review the progress. Where do you need to be in one year to be on track to accomplish your big goal? What are the measurements for your goal at 6 months, 3 months, 1 month? Now, take that 3-month measurement and go through the next steps of the process to turn that into your current goal.
So how do you achieve these big picture dreams? That is what the goal achievement process is all about. The world is out there for you to grab. Let’s get started, dream big.
9 Steps to Goal Achievement
Dream Big is Step 1 in the 9 Steps to Goal Achievement. The 9 Steps to Goal Achievement is a process for not only setting but achieving your goals. Click here to get the overview of the process in a convenient printout.
Step 1 – Dream Big
Step 2 – Write Down Your Goals
Step 3 – SMARTER Goals (coming 5-18)
Step 4 – Give It Meaning (coming 6-15)
Step 5 – Create an Action Plan (coming 7-20)
Step 6 – Visualize the Process (coming 8-10)
Step 7 – Implement the Plan (coming 9-21)
Step 8 – Get Support (coming 10-19)
Step 9 – Review & Repeat (coming 11-16)