I had an AHA moment recently. Of course, it came after reading a blog from Amy Porterfield. I just have’t figured out if it was an AHA moment or if it just gives me an “excuse” not to set goals.
How many times have you set a goal and not achieved it? How many times have you set a BIG goal and fell short? Is goal setting a positive or a negative experience for you? Let’s be honest here…in direct sales, we set goals all of the time. Whether it is to reach our monthly requirements, or for that AMAZING trip or to promote to another level. I have done it – sometimes I am successful and other times I fall short.
Think about it – you get off a motivating call or return from National Conference, pumped and excited. You are ready to conquer the world for a few days or maybe even weeks. Then you become stressed or worry whether or not you will hit that goal. Now the new attainable goal looks overwhelming creating stress and fear. Okay, so I can’t be the only one who feels like this, right?
Maybe my goal was based on what I thought was “expected” given my title as Director. Maybe the goal was based on where I “thought” I should be instead of where I am. In other words, I set my goal with my head and not my heart. The goals were based on the tasks I wanted to accomplish and not the WHY. Yes, that dreaded WHY that I struggle with.
Goals without the why are empty promises. Dare I say it…even meaningless.
Thank you Amy Porterfield! I don’t want my energy level to drain and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed. Most of all, I don’t want to feel like I have failed which leads me on a path of Negative Nellie thinking which is never good.
Amy suggests starting with the question, “WHY do I really want what I want?”. I am going to give it a shot before I set my goals for 2015 – I am doing a little gut-check first. Here are some questions to ask yourself – see how many you answer YES to:
- You’ve worked REALLY hard this year, but still feel like you are not where you want to be . . .
- Or you’re SO CLOSE to achieving what you want, but feel you’ve still got an uphill battle to climb .
- Or at times if feels like the work you’re doing for your business is draining you of your energy and creativity . . .
- Or you tell yourself, “If I keep hustling and pushing forward, I WILL get what I deserve… I just need to work harder.”
I have been there, done that and got the tee shirt. I can answer YES to all of these questions. The truth is this happens when we set goals with the why. It all goes back to our WHY… UGH!!!
This year when setting my goals, I am going to start with my WHY, getting to the root of what I really want and focusing on what matters most. Reaching my emotional WHY has always been tough but I am hoping with the help of my NEW life coach, things will be better and easier.
Have you been setting “head” goals or “heart” goals? Which will it be in 2015?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
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