If you do a Google search for Goal Setting you’ll get over 9 million results! There are so many programs out there taught about goal setting. Personally, I’ve been setting goals for over 16 years and the process I’m going to explain below is the simplest way I’ve found to set goals. And it actually works!
I teach a process called AGS or Active Goal Setting. Here’s how it works:
1. Write down your goal like this: “My goal is to ___________________ by _____(Date)_____. If you don’t date the goal, your mind won’t know when you want to achieve it. This is a very important part and many people don’t do it and it stops their progress.
2. Then identify what’s standing between you and the goal. This is the obstacle. If your goal is to close 10 more sales in the next 30 days, a valid obstacle to your goal could be your fear of meeting new people if you’re in direct sales.
3. Then figure out a good action step to overcome the obstacle of meeting new people. For example, to overcome your fear of meeting new people, the action step could be to begin practicing the FORM way of meeting new people. FORM is an acronym for Family Occupation Recreation and Money or Message. The way it works is simple: Begin conversations with strangers by talking about one of the FORM words. Talk about their family, what they do for a living, what they do for fun, and eventually money issues or what their overall life message is. If you start with family, the conversation will just develop from there.
The same process I explained above can be used for any obstacle you are ever faced with in your life.
Do this with each obstacle you come up with. Most people set goals and then try to go to work on the goal itself. That’s why most goal setting programs don’t work. With the AGS process, I’m teaching you how to focus on what’s standing between you and your goal and then working on that. When you do that, and overcome each obstacle, you get closer to achieving the goal.
For today’s action step, I’d like you to put this goal setting practice in effect today. Think of one goal you’re having a difficult time achieving and use this practice with it immediately. Then let me know your results!
I believe in you and remember: You are incredible and today is a great day to show it!