It is almost April. I honestly cannot believe it. And yet, here we are. The start of Q2 is just around the quarter. This is when I review my goals that I set at the beginning of the year, see where I’ve left off and really check in to see where I am. I adjust and set goals for the next quarter with Q1 results in mind and keep moving forward.
How about you? I personally think that setting goals is a task every single person should embrace. Whether you do it every New Year or at various times throughout the year, knowing what you want in life will prevent that feeling of just floating through each day without purpose. Knowing your purpose and goals motivates you to wake up and take action every single day.
Setting goals in every aspect of your life will keep you focused on what you want. And if you don't know what you want, I would start with thinking about that. I have a great article around building a life plan that can help point you in the right direction to get started.
Whether it’s about losing weight so you have more energy or increasing your business profits to take a dream vacation, knowing what you want allows you to put action steps in place. After all, nothing happens in life without taking action.
Successful People Who Set Goals
If you’re feeling defeated with not reaching goals in the past, don’t worry. Even the most successful celebrities and business owners have seen their own failures but continued to set goals anyway.
Entertainer extraordinaire Beyoncé keeps a photograph of an Academy Award by her treadmill where she sees it every day. Imagine the visualization and the feelings she attaches to it when she sees it.
I know if it was me, everytime I’d get on the treadmill I’d give my “Thank you for the Academy Award” speech. Of course, you still need to take action. But the mere feelings you feel when you put yourself in the shoes you want to walk in really does help you push through all the doubt and naysayers.
Did you see this year’s Grammy show? She is the MOST awarded female artist in Grammy history. Let that sink in….
According to my husband, he’s the GOAT. I just learned what that stood for when we were all in quarantine last year… it means the Greatest Of All Time.
“I missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over, and over, and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
He is arguably one of the BEST professional basketball players of all time. And guess what? He was rejected by the high school basketball team and yet, look at what he accomplished because he set goals and he worked his tooshie off to hit those goals. The article I just shared in the sentence before talked about how he had a goal to be the best. And even after practicing with his team in college, he still went and practiced after so he could BE the best. And once he mastered that, he tested something different.
He went on and tried baseball and I think, golf too. I mean.. Hello!
Did you know Walt was laughed at by many bankers when he proposed his idea for the Disney World theme park? Over 300 banks gave him a no before he finally found someone to invest in his idea.
The last laugh is on them because today the entire Disney franchise – including the many theme parks, movies, and merchandise – are worth many billions of dollars.
All of the people above were super successful, financially and in their “business” and expertise.
Of course, this isn’t just about the money. It’s about really looking in the mirror and saying, “I know I’m meant for more, I’m meant to do better.” And it’s showing up to do it. It’s time to set goals that mean something to you… not goals that your Aunt Edna wants you to hit.
Count Your Failures as Lessons Learned
Thomas Edison is another person who was labeled as “stupid” by his teachers, yet at one point he held over 1,000 patents for new inventions. Most famous for inventing the lightbulb, Edison is also known for this quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
You may not have reached every goal (um, me either!) but that doesn’t mean you stop trying. You take the time to really think about if you're still following the goal you want to hit or if you're doing it for vanity. Of course, if your goals change, that is 100% perfect, just know why you set the goals.
I feel like we set goals and forget them. It doesn’t really work that way though. Regularly reviewing and revising your goals is what will create the success faster. And then taking action – like legit ALIGNED action, will help be the stepping stone to your true success.
Want to know my 5 Goal-Setting Activities for Creative Entrepreneurs?
Well, I can’t review all the juiciness in this article, so I’ll be spilling the beans about how I set my goals. And I’ll be sharing my Q2 goals with you! Talk about accountability! Eek!
I’d love it if you shared your biggest lessons with setting goals and revising them.
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